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2008-2009 School Year

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Have you heard of the term “Three-peat?”  Until this season, it was not part of the South Wrestling vocabulary.  For the third consecutive season, the Tigers captured the Minneapolis City Conference Wrestling Title under the direction of former Tiger wrestler and now head coach Drew Gau. 

Going into the season, the Tigers had extremely high expectations.  After winning the last two years, fans and wrestlers expected more of the same.  The South wrestlers did not disappoint.

South opened the season and defense of their conference crown on Dec. 4 against Roosevelt and North.  South won easily, defeating the Teddies 57-12, and then destroyed the Polars 70-3.

On Dec. 6, the Tigers participated in the St. Paul Highland Park Invitational.  Unfortunately, the team finished in 7th place.

Another conference triangular meet was held on December 11, this time against Southwest and Henry.  The match against Southwest was the closest conference match of the season, with South winning 51-25.  Henry was also defeated 63-18!

To finish off the month of December, the team wrestled two non-conference matches on Dec. 12.  Unfortunately, the lost both, one to Totino Grace 66-10, and the other to Chisago Lakes 41-33. They also participated in the Minnesota Christmas Tournament on Dec. 20.  The 30th place (out of 31 teams) is not indicative of how the team wrestled.  The tournament brings in teams from all over the state as well as from a few neighboring state.  South also did not take a complete team, only the best wrestlers so they could compete against the state’s best competition.

After Winter Break, the team returned to business, wrestling in a tri against conference opponent Washburn and non-conference foe St. Paul Humboldt. South demolished Washburn 84-0 to win their fifth conference match.  They also handed Humboldt a deafest, 54-18.

The team then participated in the Hopkins Paul Bengston Invitational and finished in 4th place. 

Three non-conference opponents made up the quadrangular matches on Jan. 17.  South defeated Osceola, WI 42-26, but lost to Chatfield, WI in a close match 37-33 and lost to Somerset, WI 46-34.

South then finished the conference season defeating Edison 76-0!  The team won its third consecutive title and has a three-year record in the conference of 18-0!

On Jan. 24, the team participated in the Eastview Tournament and finished in 7th place out of 12 teams. Six days later, the team participated in the Orono Tournament. Out of 11 teams, the Tigers finished in first place!

On Jan. 31, South wrestled in a triangular meet, losing to White Bear Lake 58-24 and Blaine 56-24, before defeating an “All-Star” team 42-33.

A non-conference tri was held with Bemidji and Richfield/Edina.  Both teams lost to the Tigers.  Bemidji lost by a 52-15 score and Richfield/Edina was defeated 52-9.  These matches were followed up by a quad, where the tigers again lost to White Bear Lake 58-24 and Blaine 56-24, before defeating an “All-Star” team 42-33.

On February 12, the Tigers faced the St. Paul Conference Champion, St. Paul Harding, for the Twin City Title.  The match was close but the Twin City title went to Harding, 36-30.

The team had a few more non-conference matches to prepare for the Region tournament.  On Valentine’s Day, the opponents showed very little love to the Tigers, with Minnetonka winning 50-27, Park Center winning 36-34, and Mankato West winning 55-18. The Tigers defeated Minnehaha Academy 60-6.

The Tigers also wrestled three other non-conference matches, loosing all three to St Francis 55-12, New Ulm 63-12 and Sauk Rapids 46-21.

Unfortunately, the team was knocked out of the Region Tournament with a 66-8 loss to Minnetonka. In the Region Individual Tournament, 103 pound Jesse Loges and 171 pound Gordon Hill advanced to the State Tournament.  Loges finished the tournament in 4th place.