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1998-1999 School Year

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Wrestling is more than just a sport.  It is head to head competition, winner takes all.  For the members of the South High Wrestling team, it is more than physically challenging.  It is also mentally challenging.

“In wrestling you have to be mentally prepared.  You have to be in the right mind set if you want to win, said sophomore Collin Keen.

The wrestlers were truly a family.  After tournament, the whole team went to Perkins.  Everyone was friendly and the enjoyment of being together made the exhausting practices fly by.  This year’s wrestling team had two women as member.

“The guys on the team are great.  They do not treat us any different because we are girls,” said senior Sarah Gustafson.

“Our program is getting better and better, and it will continue to do so as long as Coach Sanders is here,” Commented junior Mark Eshleman.  The members of the team are grateful for their coaches’ dedication and time spent helping the team.  Head Coach Mark Sanders was again assisted by Lenny Sedlock.

During conference meets, South was again 2-4, finishing in 5th place.  They opened the season with a close loss to North, 37-33.  They then defeated the other Northside school, Henry, 39-33.

The wrestling team then crushed Southwest, one of their biggest rivals, 44-23.  This victory kept the Tigers pumped up for the remainder of the season.  This was evident in their next match, a one-point loss to Edison 34-33.

The next match was against their biggest competition, Roosevelt.  Although they lost 55-18, they enjoyed the challenge.  The last conference match of the season was against Washburn, who defeated the Tigers 43-25.

In non-conference matches, the Tigers were 3-9.  They defeated St. Paul Humboldt 57-18, DelaSalle 42-34 and Park Center 39-30.

The losses were to St. Paul Central 50-23, St. Paul Humboldt 45-30, Robbinsdale Armstrong 62-9, Richfield/Edina 70-3, Irondale 51-24, Grand Rapids 72-6, Shakopee 78-0, and Roseville 39-36.  The loss to Shakopee is the worst loss in the history of the program.

The Tigers wrestled in two tournaments.  In December South finished in 10th place in the Maple Grove tournament.  On Jan. 30, the Tigers finished in 7th place in the Robbiinsdale Cooper Invitational.

Park Center defeated South 43-25 in the first round of the Region 5AAA team competition.