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Beyond the Mat with Coach Jahaan: Issue 4

December 27, 2013
By 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.
Full Results:
285: Chase Behrndt(LAF) dec Zach Conley 6-2
106: Bryce Raphael(PS) forfeit
113: Connor Kloeppel(PS) forfeit
120: Jason Carson(LAF) forfeit
126: Timothy Bogar(LAF) dec Antonio Vaghi 4-2
132: Alex Weir(LAF) maj dec Christian Ocasio 11-2
138: Tyler Emerson(PS) dec Alec Reid 8-7
145: Jack Marak(PS) wbf Michael Wozniak 1:01
152: Adam Bogar(LAF) wbf Darius Voss 1:07
160: Christian Alexander(LAF) dec Michael Aldrich 3-2
170: Lucas Leggett(PS) dec Brendan McKenna 7-6
182: Jake Hayes(PS) maj dec Nathan Brooks 17-7
195: Joey Cunningham(PS) wbf Jamel Smith 3:29
220: Eddie Morris(PS) wbf Keith Sims 3:29

The following day the Patriots traveled to Chaminade High School to take part in the Red Devil Duals. The Patriots would deliver an absolutely crushing performance losing only 7 matches the entire tournament. The Patriots demonstrated that they were the class of the tournament an as Coach Lobosco was heard saying, “Thanks for coming to our clinic!” Well said Coach. Throughout the day the Patriots demonstrated their dominance by controlling the pace of the match and living by their mantra of “Win big, Lose Small.” In one of the high points filled with a day of high points senior captain Connor Kloeppel defeated returning state qualifier Jerry Stepps of Hazelwood East by major decision. Losing most of the match Connor pulled out the win by incredible top work picking up near fall after near fall to win the 113 lb title. To end the day the Patriots had 11 finalists with eight champions.
Final Placings:
106: Bryce Raphael 2nd
113: Connor Kloeppel 1st
120: David Marlow 1st
126: Antonio Vaghi 1st
132: Christian Ocasio 4th
138: Tyler Emerson 1st
145: Jack Marak 2nd
152: Darius Voss 3rd
160: Michael Aldrich 1st
170: Lucas Leggett 1st
182: Jake Hayes 1st
195: Joey Cunningham 2nd
220: Eddie Morris 1st
285: Zach Conley 3rd

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!!!


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