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2007-2008 School Year

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The South High School Wrestling team had a triumphant season.   For the second straight year, the Tigers captured the Conference championship with a 6-0 record.  Over the past two years, they have a perfect 12-0 record in conference play. This is the second year Drew Gau was the head coach.

“We have definitely improved throughout the years.  This was one of our best seasons yet,” says senior captain James Locke.  “I will really miss the guys and team next year”

With the captains’ leadership and the team’s determination, the wrestlers had a successful year.  The wrestlers bonded well by going out to eat before and after meets.  With their great potential, the wrestling team practiced six days each week.

“My hopes are to improve my record and qualify for State,” says Nathan Peterson.  Senior captain Pierce Hilbert also comments, “A team must have a great work ethic and the commitment to achieve their goals.”

The Tigers opened the season participating in the St. Paul Highland Park Invitational finishing third, behind Roseville and Highland Park

The team wrestled their first team on team meet on Dec. 6 in a conference triangular meet against North and Roosevelt. The Tigers destroyed North 65-6 and handled Roosevelt easily, winning 57-12.

The team then competed against 10 other schools in the Edison Invitational.  The team scored 186.5 points and won the tournament!

One week later, a second conference tri was held and the results were very similar.  Southwest score was the closest any conference opponent would get, losing 61-25.  Henry also lost badly, 63-18.

Just before the team took some time off for winter break, the team participated in the Minnesota Holliday Tournament.  Thirty-three schools participated with schools coming from as far away as the State of Virginia travelling to Minnesota.  There were many excellent teams.  Unfortunately for the Tigers, they finished this tournament in 32nd place.

Before returning to their dual and tri meet schedule, South appeared in another tournament, this one in Hopkins.  South finished in 4th place out of eight teams.

On Jan. 10, 2008, South tied its team record scoring 84 points against Washburn.  Washburn scores zero points! 

South wrestled their first non-conference matches in a tri on Jan. 17.  The Tigers defeated Irondale 47-28 but lost to Chisago Lakes 51-28.

On Jan.19, South entered their last tournament of the year, traveling to the Southeast part of the metro area to Eastview. South finished in 8th place out of 10 schools in this tournament.

In a four-team wrestling meet, South unfortunately lost two of the three matches.  The Tigers defeated St. Paul Humboldt 42-39 in a close match.  They lost to Blaine, 40-32, and Forest Lake, 48-25.

Edison was the last conference opponent on Jan. 26.  Again South had no mercy on their opponent, defeating the Tommies 76-0!

A tri meet was held to end the month of January with South winning two more matches handily.  St. Paul Johnson, 68-9, and Richfield/Edina, 59-17, were just two more victims of the Tiger attack.

During the Twin City meet, St. Paul Harding did not give the Tigers much of a test.  Harding lost 54-27.

However, St. Paul Humboldt upset the Tigers in another non-conference match 46-24! 

In a five-team meet, South won against four of the five teams.  The only loss was to Mankato West by a 33-25 score.  South dispatched the other four teams easily, defeating Minnehaha Academy 74-5, DeLaSalle 55-15 and Park Center 48-15.

South wrestled in the Team Region meet on Feb. 16.  Their first match was an easy win over Eden Prairie 46-27.  Unfortunately, the season ended for the team when they lost to Wayzata later in the day 60-17.

James Locke stood out this year and placed 6th in the State Individual competition.  Sophomore Gordon Hill and made the State Tournament at 152 pounds.