With routs of Washburn and Southwest last Wednesday, the Minneapolis South wrestling team clinched its seventh consecutive conference championship. The Tigers have not lost a conference match during that span.

"The kids have really bought into what we're trying to do," said assistant coach Joe Morgan. "When I got here seven years ago, we had maybe 15 kids in the program. Right now, we have 40. Kids like to be part of a winning program."

Morgan, who wrestled in high school for perennial power Apple Valley, knows the success is relative but points out that the Tigers' streak of city titles is just as important as a run of state championships is to his alma mater.

"We're not Apple Valley, but our kids are striving for a goal and that's no different that anybody else," he said. "They're a great group of kids, they stay out of trouble, they work hard. They're everything a coach could ask for."