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1971-1972 School Year
Front Row: Jeff Swensen, John Lofdahl, Bill Brennemen, Chris Kilber, Rick Palla, Don Bonrud. Back Row: Bob Roberts, Paul Gonzales, Jim Harding, Mike Straw, Randy Anderson, Ron Anderson, Don Anderson, Rodney Brauman.

The 1971-1972 wrestling team although lacking depth, still had quality and proved this by putting together one of its best records in past years.  The team Conference record of 7-3 put them in 4th place behind Edison, Southwest and Roosevelt.  They also won two non-conference matches.

Captains Rick Palla and Paul Gonzales led the team this year. Palla ended with an 8-2 conference record, scoring over 100 match points against his opponents totaled in conference and non-conference matches. Gonzales has a perfect 10-0 conference record, pinning seven of the ten opponents.

The team started the season with a two match winning streak, beating Marshall-University 39-18 and Washburn 29-24.  The first loss came at the hands of Roosevelt who easily won 33-15.  The Tigers then defeated Vocational in a close match 27-24.

Conference Champion Edison handed the Tiger their second defeat of the season by a 31-12 score.

A four match winning streak ensued, with the Tigers beating West 41-9, Central 38-14, Henry 33-25 and North 30-20.  The conference season ended with a loss to Southwest, 34-18.

South defeated two non-conference opponents, St. Paul Highland Park, 37-18, and Braham, 26-19.

The team placed a disappointing 6th in the District 17 tournament, but sent three wrestlers to the Region V Tournament.  They were Paul Gonzales and sophomores Ron Anderson and Don Anderson.  Although the Andersons did not place in the Region tournament, Gonzales took third, which enabled him to become the second wrestler in South history to compete in the State Tournament.

The five seniors on the team this year were Bill Brennemen, Paul Gonzales, John Lofdahl, Rich Palla and Mike Straw.

For the 10th year, Robert Lee was the head coach. Bill Sommers assisted Mr. Lee for the second time.