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Senior Spotlight: Boyne City’s South Caps off Historic Prep Career, Sets Sights on College

MISportsNow is putting the spotlight on northern Michigan high school senior student-athletes who had their seasons cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

BOYNE CITY – AJ South capped off one of the best wrestling careers in Boyne City history this winter, registering a program-record 144 career victories.

South will also become the first male wrestler in Boyne City history to compete collegiately as he takes his talents to Alma College.

“All the schools that I was looking at, they were all great schools. I think the final decision ended up being just Alma was closest to home,” South said. “I really got along with the coaching staff really well.”

As South takes his career to the collegiate level, his father and Boyne City varsity coach, Bob South, has stepped down so that he may continue to watch AJ wrestle.

“I’ve had to privilege of watching every single one of my son’s matches that he’s ever wrestled,” South said. “I’d really like to keep that streak going. I won’t be able to watch everything because they’ll travel regionally and that kind of thing. But my wife and I are very much looking forward to being enthusiastic parents in the stands.”