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2000-2001 School Year
Name of wrestlers were not listed in the 2001 yearbook.

When the South wrestlers took to the mat, they circled their opponents like true tigers on the prowl, ready to attack.  The wrestling team was rebuilding with a lot of new wrestlers. 

The participants were of varying ages, abilities and experience.  With the captains, senior Stephen Stone and junior Adam Dunn, and the help of coach Mark Sanders, the team was off to another season.

Their goals were to build the team’s size, have fun and do their best.  Dunn commented, “I want the team to improve and I hope the team does better in the near future.”

Junior Tony Thammavongsa agreed, “The team was very young.  There were a lot of ‘first time wrestlers.’ Other teams are always so serious.  Ours is too, but we also like to have fun.”

During the conference matches, the team ended in last place, without winning one meet.  The closest conference meets were against Southwest, who won 36-30, and Washburn, who won 40-36.

The other conference losses were not close.  North won 63-12.  Edison won 67-3.  Roosevelt defeated the Tigers 56-17, and Henry outscored South 54-24.

The non-conference scores included losses to Minnehaha Academy, 69-6, Minnetonka, 63-10, Park of Cottage Grove, 54-21, and Rosemout, 77-0.

In three tournaments, South finished 9th in both the White Bear Lake and Ogilvie tournament and 10 in the Robbinsdale Cooper Invitational.

During the team Region 5AAA tournament, South lost in the first round to Roosevelt 46-17.

The wrestlers became involved in the sport for many reasons.  Dunn explained, “my dad wrestled when he was my age.  It is a family tradition.”  Senior Daniel Falk added, “I play football and wrestle.  It is a good way to get into shape.”

The wrestling team reached their goals of having fun and building a team for the future.  They had a young team compared to other schools.