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2010-2011 School Year

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The question at the beginning of the season was asked if the Tigers, four-time defending conference champions, had what it took to win for a fifth time in a row.  The question was answered with a resounding yes, when South won all six conference meets, never scoring below 52 points.  The team, under Head Coach Drew Gau, has never lost a conferece match during Gau’s five seasons as head coach, stretching their conference mark to 30-0!  In all events, the Tigers ended the season at 17-5.

The team opened with a triangular meet.  The defeated Orono 66-12 and the Brooklyn Center/Concordia Academy team 44-28. 

The following day, the team participated in the St. Paul Highland Park Tournament.  The team finished 3rd with 59 points, trailing only Sauk Rapids-Rice, 85, and Roseville, 63.

Defense of the conference crown opened on Dec. 10, 2011 in a match against the Polars from North.  The Polars were no match for the mighty Tigers.  The final was 68-18.  Six days later, South wrestled teams from Edison and Roosevelt. Edison was beated 61-12 and Roosevelt went down 60-24.

The team then traveled to Redwood Valley to participate in a two-day tournament.  Out of 24 teams, the Tigers finished in 14th place.

After Winter Break, the Tigers resumed their schedule exacting a bit of revenge on Woodbury, winning 50-21.  Woodbury eliminated the Tigers from the Region tournament last season.

They then participated in the Hopkins Paul Bengtson Invitational.  The team finished in second place, losing out to the host, Hopkins Royals.

South then wrestled their fourth conference match, this time against Henry.  The Patriots held the Tigers to only 52 points, but the Patriots only scored 15!

A quad meet was held next.  The Tigers lost to Stillwater 50-18, but defeated Menomonie, WI 39-29 and North St. Paul 41-30.

The last two conference matches were held on Jan. 20.  Again, neither Washburn nor Southwest put up much of a fight.  Both teams were easily beaten, Washburn by a 72-6 score, and Southwest by a 67-9 score.

In the Eastview Tournament, the Tigers finished in 8th place out of 11 teams.

The teams wrestled Spring Lake Park/St. Anthony and won a very close match 36-33.  A few days later, the team defeated Tartan in another close match 39-32, but lost to White Bear Lake 57-13 and Watertown-Mayer/Mayer Lutheran 45-25.

In the Twin City Match, the Tigers faced St. Paul Johnson.  South won by one point, 34-33!

The last regular season matches of the year were part of a quad.  Minnetonka defeated the Tigers 51-28, but South bounced back and defeated Minnehaha Academy 41-21 and Park Center 47-16.

South won their first Region 4AAA match against Tartan, 36-30, by was eliminated in the second round by White Bear Lake 58-9.  125 pound junior Amin Buta and 160 pound senior Nathan Peterson advanced to the State Tournament.  Buta finished 5th in his weight class.