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1982-1983 School Year
Front Row: Scott Tahonnie, Dan LaBre, Cory Shilson, Jim Martin, Mike Savage, Troy Shilson, Ezell Voeltz. Middle Row: Cuck Demers, Dan LaRonge, Tonio Caglioto, Rich Moore, Russ Burgoyne, Bob Schneider, Greg Waskowsky, John Jurisch. Back Row: Stan Skavnak, Bob Keller, Eric Berg, Ron Schneider, Ed Boone, Fred Westrich, Scott Sayers, Don Hanold, John Newman

The South High wrestling team had a very successful season this year.  With the closing of Central, West and Marshall-University, there were many members from those schools who are now Tigers.  For the wrestling team, this was not a problem.  The team blended together great, they respected each other and did other things outside of practices and matches

The coaching staff was also new.  Mr. Stan Skavnak was the Head Coach.  John Jurisch was an assistant coach.  John Newman was a special coach that helped out during practice and matches.  The two captains were Bob Schneider and Rich Moore.

The team ended with a 2-4 record in the new seven-school Minneapolis Conference.  That was good for 5th place. 

The team started the conference season losing to North, 34-29.  The first of two victories can in the next conference game against Roosevelt, where the Tigers outscores the Teddies 32-28.  Edison then defeated the Tigers 45-12.  The final victory of the Conference season was another close match against Washburn, 36-32.  South ended the conference season with close losses to Southwest, 29-27, and Henry, 33-30.

The JV team ended the season in a four-way tie for 4th place with a 2-4 record.  They tied with Edison, North and Southwest. The JV’s two victories were against Edison, 23-18, and Washburn, 30-18.  They lost to North, 30-18, Roosevelt, 45-12, Southwest, 29-27, and Henry, 33-12.

Five wrestlers were named to the All-Conference team: Bob Keller, Jim Martin, Mike Savage, Corey Shilson and Greg Waskosky.

The 1983 yearbook reported that Coach Skavnik believes that since there were many younger wrestlers, the team is sure to be strong next year. “I enjoyed coaching the team this year.  They have progressed tremendously,” he said.