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1974-1975 School Year
Varsity Front Row: Tom Rosenow, Pat Skahen, Mike St. Clair, Randy Denardo, Bruce Denardo, Jerry Straw. Back Row: Russell Longhofer, Steve Murch, Fred Herby, Dean Johnson, Jeff Swenson, Mike Rosenow, Coach Wayne Kopesky.

It has been 12 years since South needed a new coach. With the retirement of Robert Lee, the Tigers turned to his last assistant, Wayne Kopesky, to lead the teram. Dave Haines was Mr. Kopesky’s assistant.

Kopesky led the team to its second consecutive 2nd place finish in the conference standings with a 6-1-2 record. The squad finished third in the District 17 meet, sending six wrestlers on to the Region meet.

The conference season began with three consecutive victories.  First, the Tigers beat Central 44-14.  The second match, against Vocational, was a record breaker.  Vocational became the first team the Tiger wrestlers shut out a conference opponent, when they won 62-0!  The 62 points is also a record for the most points scores against an opponent.  The old record was 58, set in 1973.

North was the third team the Tigers beat, winning 47-8.

The only loss of the season came against eventual conference champion Edison, who won 28-18. South would not lose another match the rest of the season.

Three more victories followed the loss to Edison.  Southwest fell 33012, followed by Washburn being defeated 33-14.  West was the third victim during this winning streak by a 45-12 scores.

The final two matches ended in identical scores.  Both Henry and Roosevelt tied the Tigers at 22 each.

When the post-season came around South was ready for a tough battle.  The Tigers finished in third place in the District 17 meet.  Six wrestlers placed in the district meet.  The four who finished in second place in their weight class were Jerry Straw, 98 pounds, Randy Denardo, 112 pounds, Pat Skahen, 119 pounds, and Mike Rosenow, 138 pounds. Jeff Swanson, 145 pounds, and Fred Herby, 167 pounds, both finished third in their weight classes.  All six advanced to the Region meet.

Other wrestlers who performed well at the district meet included Dean Johnson who took 5th place and Steve Murk who took 7th place in their weight divisions.  Two wrestlers, Bruce Denardo and Tom Rosenow, who had high hopes of finishing well, were out due to injuries.

Mike Rosenow became the third South wrestler to qualify for the state meet when he placed third in the region.  His overall record for the season was 21-4-1.