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SCC wrestling alumni honored for their part in history

The 1988-89 State Champion wrestling team was honored on Thursday night. (front row, from left) Tim Meyer, Todd Meyer, Jeff Hawkins, Scott Owens, Tom Dull. (back row) Coach Lindy Johnson, Tom Meyer, Kevin Bloom, Jamie Delander, Jason Thoen, Doug Maier, and Coach Myron Bruesewitz. Photo by Laura Kruse

The St. Croix Central Wrestling Association honored two individuals and one state champion team on Thursday, Jan. 29.

Even the oldest grapplers competing on Thursday hadn't been born when the honored men made their mark in the school's history. Their accomplishments are still well-known in Central wrestling.

Jeff Lewis wrestled at SCC from 1978-81. In those four years, he never missed a match and pulled off numerous accomplishments. During his senior year, he was a conference champion, regional champion, sectional runner-up and earned fourth place at the WIAA state meet.

Jerry Jensen wrestled from 1980-83. During his senior year at Central, he was conference champ, regional champ, sectional runner-up and competed in the state tournament.

This year is the 20th anniversary of the 1988-89 state champion team. The team went into the tournaments that year on a three-year streak of 27 wins and no losses.

The team was made for tournament competition, Dave Newman touted in his column in the Jan. 19, 1989 issue of the New Richmond News. "What give the Panthers a real edge is their tournament experience," he wrote.

Wrestlers Scott Miller, Todd Myer, Tom Myer and Tim Myer advanced to the state tournament. Coach Lindy Johnson knew then that it'd be a battle.

"We'll have to wrestle tough, everybody's going to have a tough day," Johnson said in the Feb. 16, 1989 issue of the News. "We've seen Clear Lake before and they have some tough kids and there'll be other tough kids there," he added.

The caution was unnecessary. The state championship trophy was carried to SCC with fans cheering and sirens wailing.

The hall of fame inductees were cheered on by the crowd once again before Thursday's meet started. Each member of the 1988-89 state team present was given a hat. Lewis and Jensen were given pullovers.

Plaques will be hung outside the gym in honor of all hall of famers.

The current generation of SCC wrestlers performed well under the scrutiny of the accomplished wrestlers in the crowd for Alumni Night. Central won with a score of 45-30 over Glenwood City.