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2015-2016 School Year

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Ten years ago, South won their first conference title. The season was 2006-2007. South has been conference champion every year since.  This season, the Tigers would be going for their 10th consecutive title. 

South opened their season with three non-conference matches and two tournament.  The first match saw South take on Orono.  Orono ended up winning 40-30.  This match was followed up with a triangular meet with Chanhassen and Eden Prairie.  Chanhassen won the first match 51, 27.  Eden Prairie won the second match 63-12.

South then participated in the Andover Invitational tournament.  South finished 11th out of 13 teams, scoring 39 points.  St. Francis won the tournament with 234 points.

As school ended for the holiday season, South participated in the Redwood River Riot.  Thirty-one teams participated in this tournament.  South placed 25th in the tournament, scoring 42 points.  The winner of the tournament was Worthington, who amassed 146 points.

After returning from Winter Break, the Tigers took on four opponents, two of which were conference foes. The first conference match was against North.  North has been in a rebuilding mode since they were threatened with closure in the fall of 2010.  North was no match for the mighty Tigers, falling 84-0.  South then took on rival Southwest.  The Lakers put up more of a fight than the Polars did, but the Tigers doubled Southwest’s score and won 54-27.  In the non-conference matches, South easily defeated Burnsville, 51-24, but in the last match of the night, the Tigers lost a close one to Roseville 34-32.

Two days later, the Tigers traveled to Hopkins to participate in the Paul Bengtson tournament.  Out of nine teams, South finished seventh with 99 points.  Lakeville South won the tournament with 174.5 points.

The team returned to conference play with a triangular meet against Edison and Roosevelt.  Neither team gave the Tigers much competition.  Edison lost 72-10 and Roosevelt went down 60-10.  The conference record of 4-0 had the Tigers tied with Henry with two matches to go.

The last tournament of the season for the South wrestlers was at Eastview.  This tournament had a very strong field.  Unfortunately, South finished in 11th place with 38 points.  There were only 11 teams participating. Farmington won the tournament with 185.5 points. 

A non-conference quadrangular meet saw the Tigers take on Columbia Heights, Edina, and Mound-Westonka.  South started the night against the Highlanders and won 54-24.  The Hornets were the next victim to fall to the Tigers, losing 49-28.  Mound-Westonka’s loss capped a perfect evening for the Tigers, even though it was an extremely close match.  South won 40-37.

The last two conference matches were against Washburn and Henry.  Washburn was the first to fall, 42-28.  This set up the last conference match of the season.  South and Henry were both 5-0.  The winner would claim the title.  Would Henry snap the Tigers’ hold on the Conference?  Could the Tigers keep their crown?  The match started close, but South slowly pulled away and defeated the Patriots 35-22, claiming their 10th conference title in a row.

The Tigers represented Minneapolis in the Twin City Meet.  They faced off against the Eagle of St. Paul Washington Technology Magnet school. This was Washington’s first appearance in a Twin City match, and Washington was hungry.  Washington stormed to an early lead and never looked back, defeating the Tigers 52-18.

The team ended the regular season wrestling four teams on February 6.  The first lost to Minnetonka, 59-15.  In a non-conference match, the Tigers dispatched conference foe Edison 50-15.  The then lost to Mankato West 51-27.  Finally they defeated another conference opponent, Washburn, 51-24. 

In the Region 6AAA team meet, South was seeded 4th.  They had a first round bye and then wrestled 5th seeded Mound-Westonka.  The Tigers went down 46-25, and their team season ended. 

The following week, the wrestlers competed in the individual competition.  Sam Truen, advanced to the State Meet, where he finished in 5th place.  Truen wrestled at the 170 pound weight.