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1979-1980 School Year
Front Row: Cory Hermann, Eddie Kurschner, Bill Hall, Steve Lebre, Bruce Tonsager. Back Row: Coach Maurice Webert, Sheldon Roberts, Phil Lawrence, Rick Martinez, Carlos Proano, Brian Rich, Assistant Coach John Pacheco. Not Pictured: Robert Hollaway, Tim Topitzhofer, Frank Pierce.

The 1979-1980 wrestling season started in November with a lot of enthusiasm and hard work.  Early success came to many and the young team was highlighted by a second place team trophy at the Edina East Invitational.  Captain Bill Hall and Steve Lebre were both undefeated in that Tournament.  Tournament success came again in January to Bill Hall and Sheldon Roberts at the Henry Sibley tournament for their Respective 2nd and 3rd place finishes.

The young wrestlers worked hard to fill the Varsity ranks and as the season went on you could see a marked improvement.  In conference, the team finished with a 1-6 record.  Overall, they were 6-8.

The conference season started on December 11.  Edison handled the Tigers easily, winning 58-9.  North, 48-10, Central , 40-28, Roosevelt, 62-2, and Washburn, 45-15, all defeated South. 

The only win of the conference season was against Henry, when the Tigers won a close match 33-29.  The conference season then ended with a loss to Southwest 42-21.

There were a number of sophomores who showed promise for future years.  They are Bruce Tonsager, Rick Martinez, Tim Topitzhofer, Cory Hermann, Rich Perkins and Frank Pierce.  Eighth grader Robert Hollaway and 9th grader Steve Lebre’s winning records this year make South’s wrestling future look bright.

Leadership for next season should come from two juniors, Ed Kurschner and Phil Lawrence, who finished the year with impressive performances in the Region Tournament.

Because of all the young wrestlers on the varsity team, the JV did not have much success, losing all of their conference matches.

Head Coach Maurice Webert and Assistant Coaches Converse and John Pacheco have high hopes for following seasons after the emergence of the young wrestlers.