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2004-2005 School Year

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The South High Wrestling team had a new look this year.  With the help of Athletic Director Mark Sanders, they were able to get new singlets to wrestle in. “The singlets were great.  They gave us a new start,” said junior Tim McNamara.

The team worked hard selling South High apparel for a fundraiser.  With the help of Assistant Coach Drew Gau and the fundraiser, they were able to afford new shirts and shorts for the season.

The wrestling team was coaches by Chris Barret and Gau, and led by senior captain Max Jelinek and Junior Mike Christians.  Jelineks and Christians did a fantastic job leading the team through the season.

“I think that we had a very young team, but we got stronger and better with every practice,” said Jelikek.  Jelinek’s comments are proven, with the improved record.  The Tigers again placed 2nd in the conference, improving to a 5-1 record.  Overall, their record was 16-10.

The beginning of the conference season looked bleak, as the Tigers opened against eventual champion Edison and lost.  However, that was the only conference loss of the season.  They then defeated Southwest and Roosevelt. (Scores for the first three conference matches are unknown as of this writing.)  The next three conference matches showed what was to come for future conference opponents, defeating North 75-0, Washburn 48-21 and Henry 72-9.

In non-conference competition, the Tigers defeated Brooklyn Center 60-18, Forest Lake 43-30, St. Paul Johnson 44-24, St. Paul Humboldt 68-8, a JV All-Star team 48-21 and East Grand Forks-Sacred Heart 78-6.

Non-conference losses were to Fridley in a very close match 34-33, Totino Grace 73-0, Minnetonka 54-15, Robbinsdale Cooper 44-21, Pine Island 42-28, White Bear Lake 52-10 and Minnetonka 68-10.

South also participated in the Hopkins Paul Bengstron Invitational tournament and placed 5th out of eight teams.

In the Region 5AAA tournament, the Tigers won their first match over Robbinsdale Armstrong 33-26, but were eliminated from competition by Totino Grace 71-6.

In the Individual Region 5AAA tournament, four wrestlers advanced to the State Tournament, 103 pound James Locke, 119 pound Peter Yang, 189 pound Tim McNamara and Heavyweight Ali Afsharjavan.

When the team is not practicing or wrestling, they could usually be found eating at Denny’s or playing cards at someone’s house.