Beyond the Mat with Coach Jahaan: Issue 4
December 27, 2013By jahaan ashfaq of Parkway South Wrestling
Welcome back Patriot wrestling fans. Thanks for joining me for another issue as I take a look at one of the best 24 hour period in Parkway South wrestling history starting with the home dual against Lafayette and finishing off with the Chaminade Red Devil Duals.
2008. 5 long years since the Parkway South Patriots beat Lafayette in a dual. On December 20th, 2013 that streak was brought to an end with decisive 40-25 victory. Even with standout freshman David Marlow missing from the lineup the Patriots were able to hand the Lancers only their second loss of the season. The match saw the debut of senior heavyweight Zach Conley to the lineup, as he had been out thus far. With the match knotted at 4-4 late in the match Conley gave up a late takedown and was defeated 6-4. Even in losing the Patriot coaches were impressed with Conley as he had not practiced in almost two weeks. The Patriots would go on to lose the next two matches until in was time for Tyler Emerson to take on two time state qualifier Alec Reid. Reid, who had never lost to a grappler from South, was on the defensive most of the match and Emerson took home the victory 8-7. In a match between the 7th ranked Michael Aldrich and 5th ranked Christian Alexander the fans were brought to their feet many times. The match, which saw both coaching staffs receive a coaches misconduct from the official, was a defensive battle which saw Aldrich losing 3-2 although most would say the official cost him the match. The Patriots would not lose another match and a pin by Joey Cunningham sealed the victory for South. Speaking on the dual Coach Lake said “Anytime you hang 40 points on team of that caliber you know you had a good night.” With that victory the Patriots are still in the hunt for the Suburban West conference title.
The Patriots return to action on December 27th and 28th at the Lindbergh Flyer Classic which looks to feature talent from across the state and 4 other states being represented. The following week Parkway South will take part in the All Suburban Conference Tournament at Hazelwood Centralin which the Patriots will looks to test their mettle against the best talent Saint Louis has to offer. Thanks to all who came to support the Patriots and I hope you can join us at Lindbergh this weekend. As always, GO PATRIOTS!!!