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2001-2002 School Year
Name of wrestlers were not listed in the 2002 yearbook.

The wrestling team is a group of hard working athletes. Wrestling uses every muscle of the body.  A six minute match is probably more strenuous than any other sport.  “People do not take us seriously sometimes, but we work just as hard as other teams.  It is the toughest six minutes you can imagine.” stated sophomore Alex Walton.

“In my opinion, it is the hardest sport in the school.  It is very tiring.” added junior Adam Assefa.

One of the main things that hurt the team this year was injuries.  “We had injuries near the end of the year but we did pretty good,” said new Head Coach Chris Barrett. 

One of the greatest accomplishments of the team was defeating North, which South had not done since Jan. 1998. North has defeated South 30 times out of 46 meetings since South created a wrestling team.  The match with North was the opening match of the conference season.  The final score was 42-31 in favor of South.

South then lost to Edison, 64-6, but bounced back in their next match against Southwest. Southwest was outscored 49-30, to give the Tigers their second win of the season.

Unfortunately, South did not win another conference match.  They lost to Roosevelt 55-11, Henry 30-22 and Washburn 47-30. With a 2-4 record, the team finished in 4th place in the conference standings.

They were also on the losing end of three non-conference matches, finishing behind DeLaSalle 66-8, Minnetonka 58-13 and Minnehaha Academy 64-6.

The team also entered three tournaments.  They finished in 10th place in the Maple Grove Tournament and 8th place in both the Ogilvie and Robbinsdale Cooper tournaments.

In the first round of Region 5AAA meet, North extracted a bit of revenge when they ousted the Tigers from the Region Team Tournament by a 39-28 score.

Despite the setbacks, the team was very close.  “Being on such a close team makes the wins much more satisfying,” explained senior captain Trevor Copeland. 

“I really had a lot of fun wrestling this year.  This is the team I am going to miss the most,” Copeland said.