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1994-1995 School Year
Front Row: D. Gau, M.Nguyen, B. Gau, M. Spleiss. Middle Row: C. Zwicky, A. Shabazz, S. McIntyre, J. Rod, C. Chy, J. Baird, C. Long-Soy. Back Row: Coach J. Jurisch, M. Ojeda, K. Mellon, M. Lehan, A. Martin, R. Barren

Wrestlers had a rough time in the past, but with returning varsity players and a strong sophomore squad the team was confident they would have a good season.

The wrestlers practiced four day each week during the season and wrestled on Fridays.  Senior captains Ahmad Shabazz and Brennan Gau drilled the team members under the watchful eyes of John Jurisch and Richard Barron.  “A lot of us also practiced during the weekend,” said sophomore Drew Gau.  Another important part of the season for the Tigers was maintaining their desired weight by eating low-fat and low-calorie meals.

Many wrestlers also had personal goals for the season.  They kept those goals in mind, especially at Region and State meets.  They focused on their different styles.  “The difference between high school wrestling and freestyle is, at the high school level, you practice all season long to be able to place in the state tournament.  Freestyle is where you wrestle anyone in any tournament, which is better, at least for me,” said Shabazz.

During the conference season, South finished in 3rd place with a 4-2 record.  Two losses were against Conference champion North, 52-18, and 2nd place Edison, by a very close 32-30 score.

The victories were very competitive as well.  South defeated Henry 39-31 in the first conference match.  Southwest was defeated 37-31.  Roosevelt lost 40-27 and Washburn lost 42-24.

In non-conference matches, the Tigers unfortunately had a1-7 record against non-conference opponents.  Their only win was a 42-18 score against Columbia Heights.  The losses were against Brooklyn Center, 47-23, Prior Lake, 61-15, Columbia Heights, 31-21, Lakeville, 54-20, Richfield-Edina 43-25, Orono, 48-21, and North, 62-6.

The end of the season brought with it nervous wrestlers preparing for Regions or for State. “We were hoping the Tigers would go all the way this season,” said senior Brennan Gau.