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2005-2006 School Year

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The five South senior wrestlers led the team to the most successful season in the history of South wrestling.  The team even came within one point of defeating five-time conference champion Edison Tommies.  “If it was any later in the season, we would have been city champs, says senior Rumed Arafa. 

Edison and South faced off in the first conference match of the season, in what would determine the conference title.  It was a very close battle with Edison winning 37-36.  After a heartbreaking loss, the team could have folded but proved they were competitors and desired to win.

None of the remaining conference matches were close.  Southwest lost 51-21.  Roosevelt was next going down 84-0, followed by North losing 78-3.  Henry lost 62-9 and in the final conference match of the season, Washburn was defeated 51-30.

In non-conference meets, the team ended 12-7, for a 17-8 overall record.  Victories were scored over St. Croix Lutheran (50-24), DeLaSalle (60-16), St. Paul Johnson (53-18), Eden Prairie (38-24), Robbinsdale Armstrong (41-36), St. Paul Como Park (47-24), St. Paul Humboldt (45-30), Minnehaha Academy (66-3), Mound-Westonka (51-27) and Richfield (50-16).

Non-conference losses were to Blaine (39-33) Coon Rapids (54-18), Bloomington Kennedy (41-21), Minnetonka (58-14), Park Center (56-12) and New Ulm (60-14).

In tournaments, South placed 5th in the Hopkins Parul Bengstron Invitational and 4th in the South St. Paul Veldman Invitational.

In the Region 5AAA Tournament, South defeated Osseo 38-32 to advance to the second round but again was sent home by Totino Grace, losing 41-26.

In the Region 5AAA Individual Tournament, three wrestlers advanced to the State Tournament, 112 pound James Locke, 119 pound Peter Yang and 160 Rumed Arafa. For Lock and Yang, it is the second straight year they advanced to the State Individual Tournament.

Chris Barrett and Drew Gau again coached the Tiger wrestlers.