Southview High School 1993 Wrestling Team (Inducted 2015)
The 1993 Southview Saints were the best wrestling team ever in the city of Lorain. They were the best public school team in the state, and it has been said by many to be one of the best in the country. They placed 2nd by beating St. Edward, who was ranked 4th in the nation. They fell just a few points shy of overtaking perennial national power Walsh Jesuit for the Division I State Championship.
This team was undefeated in dual meets; they won their conference championship and two other tournaments. But more impressive was how well they did in the two other major tournaments in which they wrestled that year. Southview placed second in both the Midwest Classic and the California Pennsylvania nationally ranked Holiday Tournament. Both of these tournaments drew the top teams from all over the United States.
Six of the ’93 Saints placed at the state tournament. Rodrick “Juggy” Franklin was a two-time state champion and compiled a 37-2 record for the season. Two Saints finished second at state, Rico Quimbaya who was 36-2 for the season and Jimmy James who was 30-7. Carlos Orellano placed 3rd while enjoying a 35-6 season. Ishmael Williams was 4th and 34-7, while state qualifier Alshi Williams was 37-7. Other outstanding records were posted by Pebay Mendez 18-5, Jeremy Hamilton 27-7, Frankie Pagan 25-10, William Nixon 13-6, and Javier Reveron 12-3.
The Southview team was coached by Dan Ternes, who was named by the Ohio High School Athletic Association as Division I Wrestling Coach of the Year in 1993. Dan was assisted by his brother, Tom Ternes, Pepe Ruiz, Wayne Jackson, and Darrell Hamilton.
Ternes’ observation as to why this team had so much success was because they had strongest of work ethics. In wrestling the main ingredient for an outstanding wrestler is how he prepares for competition. This team would drill move after move until it was automatic; then they would buddy up after practice to run for extra conditioning. Also, he emphasized that six of the top wrestlers in the state were in the practice room, and pride would never let them back down, even from each other.
Some of the most fierce battles that year were behind closed doors on the Southview practice mat.