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2012-2013 School Year

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Wrestling is sometimes a misunderstood sport.  Soce relate it to the WWE and others clasim it is not a sport.  But here at South, we know what wrestling really is.  Captain Brandon Strong says, “Wrestling is something that is physically challenging and challenges you mentally on your whole mind set.  It is really hard so a lot of people can not handle it, therefore they judge it.”

Captain Brett Peterson said that wrestling is not for slackers. And no one can accuse the Tiger wrestlers of being slackers because for the seventh straight season, South came away with the conference championship! Also for the seventh straight season, the Tigers did not lose a conference match, running their seven-year record to 40-0!

Under Head Coach Drew Gau, the wrestlers opened against what has become their traditional first opponent, Brooklyn Center and Osseo.  The Centaurs were defeated easily, 57-21, but Orono took the Tigers to the last match.  South barely won this match, 39-38!

The second date of the year saw the Tigers face off against South St. Paul and St. Paul Harding.  South St. Paul was too much for the Tigers, defeating our team 63-12.  However, St. Paul Harding fell 48-31.

On Dec. 8, South travelled to Andover to participate in a tournament.  The Tigers finished in 8th place out of 13 teams.

The Tigers opened defense of their conference title against Roosevelt and Edison on December 13.  The Teddies were beaten soundly 69-12 and the Tommies were destroyed 74-6. 

The following day, the Tigers travelled to the Redwood Valley two-day tournament.  Twenty-eight teams participated in the tournament.  South finished a disappointing 25th.

The Tigers went into the holiday break splitting two matches against schools from St. Paul.  St. Paul Central defeated the Tigers 51-24, but South shut out St. Paul Humboldt 57-0!

The second half of the season started on a positive note, with the Tigers defeating Robbinsdale Armstrong 41-27 and Blaine 50-24.  After these two matches, South participated in the Hopkins Paul Bengtson Tournament and finished in 3rd place.

South knocked off another conference opponent when the Tigers barely defeated Henry 39-35.  This was the closest match in the seven years the Tigers won the conference title.

South then participated in a quadrangular meet, winning 2 and losing 1.  The Tigers defeated North St. Paul 54-21 and River Falls, WI 37-33.  They lost to Somerset, WI 35-30.

The conference season ended with South pummeling both Southwest and Wasburn by 60-7 and 60-6 scores respectively.

The last tournament of the regular season saw the Tigers travel to Eastview.  The teams lack of success in tournaments continued this season with the team finishing 10th out of 12 teams.

South lost two matches to end the month of January.  Losses to White Bear Lake, 49-27, and Tartan, 37-33, ended the first month of the new year.

Two more losses started February.  The team lost to Stewartville 48-18 and New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva 46-25 before beating Northfield by one point, 37-36.

The Tigers must have been saving up for the Twin City Match.  This year the opponent was Central, with the team from St. Paul Losing 48-24 to the Tigers.

Four more wins ended the regular season on Feb. 9.  Mankato West, 51-30, Minnehaha Academy, 66-9, Park Center, 55-19 and Minnetonka, 44-34, all fell to the Tigers.

In the Region 4AAA meet, South lost by two points in the opening round to Tartan, 34-32, to be eliminated from the team competition.  In the Individual competition, seniors Brett Peterson and Brandon Strong advanced to the State Tournament.