Beyond the Mat with Coach Jahaan: Issue 3
December 27, 2013By jahaan ashfaq of Parkway South Wrestling
Welcome back Patriot wrestling fans to your one stop spot for all news Patriot Wrestling. It was a busy few weeks for the wrestlers and coaching staff alike which saw the Patriots start the season in strong fashion, wrestle one of the better teams in the Saint Louis area, and even brave the weather to compete in the Patriot Classic.
In their first action of the season the Patriot wrestling team traveled to Oakville high school for their first dual meet of the season. True to Parkway South form the wrestlers delivered a solid performance in delivering a 53-10 victory to kick start the season. Not considered a weak team the Oakville Tigers could not answer the steady onslaught fn the Patriot offense which saw Parkway South winning 9 of the 12 matches with six of those coming by way of fall. The dual saw the varsity debut for six of the Patriots. Jack Koury, wrestling up a weightclass at heavyweight, made the most of his debut winning by first period pin for his first ever varsity win. David Marlow won 13-1 in a match that he was fully in control. In the most competitive match of the night freshman Jack Marak took on one of the top wrestlers in the state and returning state qualifier Dominic O’Neil. Marak lost 6-2 but was very much in the match and showed some good qualities that the Patriot staff will be sure to capitalize on. Speaking about the match Coach Lake said, “Their coaches thought their kid was having a bad match. What they didn’t get is Jack is just that good.” Another Patriot debutant was Darius Voss, who displayed his judo background with two big throws en route to a first period pin. All in all it was a very solid start to what looks to be a very good season.
A few days later we got a dose of Missouri weather and the Patriot Classic was in jeopardy. Thankfully the administration gave us the OK and the tournament was on. Due to the weather Jackson and Hillsboro were unable to come but the rest of the field was in store for one of the toughest tournaments for the first week of competition. The Patriots took on the Lindbergh Flyers for their first match of the tournament. Lindbergh came out strong and aggressive but fell to the Patriots 37-24. The Patriots seemed to suffer a bit from a bit of first day nerves but still pulled out the victory. In their first match of day two Parkway South grappled with the SLUH Jr. Billikens. In one of the highlights of the dual Antonio Vaghi took on returning state qualifier Sean Mulligan and lost a sudden victory decision 4-2. Controlling the whole match Vaghi suffered from a few questionable calls from the referee which allowed the match to go to overtime. Even though he lost, Vaghi looks to have a solid season after he put in good work in the offseason. The Patriots continued their winning ways picking up a 46-26 victory. Building on their win Parkway South took on the resurgent Vikings of Francis Howell High School. Bolstered by a powerful little league program the Vikings were a very tough team. Parkway South would fall in this dual by the score of 45-21 but there were some high points to speak of. In one of the best matches of the tournament captain Michael Aldrich took on returning state medalist Connor Flynn. Flynn started the match strong but Aldrich’s strength and endurance seemed to take its toll and he fought his way back into the match. A questionable injury timeout allowed Flynn to regain his composure, and his breath, and he secured a 10-5 victory with a late takedown. The Patriot staff hopes to see a rematch in the near future. The final dual of the day saw Parkway South take on the Hickman Kewpies. The Patriots cruised to a 61-9 victory to gain momentum going into the medal round.
In their final competition before Christmas break the Patriots hosted the visiting Eureka Wildcats who is annually a top program in Saint Louis. Parkway South was missing Jacob Hayes and captain Connor Kloeppel and their absence was felt. The Patriots fell 40-25. While Eureka won the dual it was said that it was a winnable dual meet and that minus a few costly mistake Parkway South wrestled very well.
The Patriots will return to the mats on December 20th and will place host to the Lafayette Lancers in what is sure to be a very entertaining matchup. They will continue on the following day in the Chaminade Red Devil duals and will meet up with Ladue High School which has turned into a strong rivalry in recent years. Come cheer on your Parkway South wrestling team and look for my next installment and as always, GO PATRIOTS!!!