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Wrestling Overview

As a sport, wrestling has been around since ancient times.  It was the original sport in the Ancient Olympics. However, wrestling at South has a relative short history.  As an interscholastic sport, wrestling began at South during the 1954-1955 school year.  The early years were hard on the wrestlers, with South winning just seven conference matches in their first six years of participation in the sport.  The unsuccessful times kept going.  For 38 of the first 47 seasons, South’s grapplers posted a losing record. During this time, the highest in the conference standings South achieved was a second place finish (three times, in 1966-1967, 1973-1974, and 1974-1975 seasons).

However, beginning in the 2002-2003 season, South’s luck began to change.  The Tigers finished with a .500 record or better every season since. South captured their first conference title in the 2006-2007 season, and has won the conference title every year since (through the 2016-2017 season).

South has many individuals who have achieved greatness on the wrestling mat since that first season.  Terry James, who wrestled at heavyweight, was the first wrestler named to the All-Conference squad (1954-1955).  Bill Miller (1965-1966) was the first Tiger wrestler to make it to the State Tournament.  Through the 2015-2016 season, 56 times a wrestler has made it to the State Tournament. Fourteen individuals have represented South multiple times at the State Tournament, with two wrestlers appearing THREE times, Amin Buta (2010, 2011, 2012), and Corey Shilson (1985, 1986, 1987) and two wrestlers appearing FOUR times, James Locke (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008), and Chad Shilson (1986, 1987, 1988, 1989).

James Locke (Class of 2008) has the most wins in South AND Conference history with 188.  Eight other wrestlers have won over 100 matches!

***The information on this and the yearly historical pages, including photographs, has been amassed through a variety of sources, including South High School yearbooks (much of the written information is directly from what was written in the yearbooks), Minneapolis Newspapers, District archives, and Glenn Heinicke (State Wrestling Historian).

***If there are additions or corrections, please contact the South High Athletic Department.