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1954-1955 School Year
Row 1: Odenbach, Gherity, Paul, Erickson, Johnson, Woznak. Row 2: Ferguson, Nyenhuis, Terry, Keavy, McMurtrie, Neumann

The first season of South Wrestling began when Robert Rainey was named the first coach of the team. Coach Rainey had an up-hill battle since other schools in the city had teams for a few years.  Twelve wrestlers made up this first team.

The first match took place on December 2, 1954.  The opponent, Washburn, was in control of the entire match, winning easily 55-3.

Things did not get any easier.  South lost their next five matches, 54-0 against Roosevelt, 53-3 against Henry, 44-8 against Vocational, 42-6 against West and 39-11 against Marshall. 

South won their first match ever on January 27, 1955 when they defeated Central 38-15.  Unfortunately, it was the only victory of the season.

South ended the season with two more losses, 34-8 to North and 30-18 to Edison.

South ended the season in 9th place with a 1-8 record.  The only team below them in the Conference standings was Central, whom South defeated. Captain James Terry, who wrestled at heavyweight, became the Tigers first wrestler to be named to the all-conference team.