Beyond the Mat with Coach Jahaan: Issue 5
January 15, 2014By jahaan ashfaq of Parkway South Wrestling
Welcome back Patriot wrestling fans. This past weekend the Parkway South Wrestling team traveled to Lindbergh High School to take part in the revamped Lindbergh Flyer Classic. This two day, 24 team tournament boasted some of the better teams in the state as well as some out of state teams.
With high expectations, the Patriots delivered yet another great performance as they captured their second tournament title in as many weeks. The tournament consisted of dual meets on day one and was followed by a 16 man, double elimination bracket on day two. The Flyer Classic featured Patriot Classic and Lee Summit Christmas Invitational champions Francis Howell, Washington High School who is ranked third in class three, Lee Summit West who brought a contingent of returning state medalists and qualifiers, and perennial top 15 team Francis Howell Central. The Patriots started out day one going 5-0 in dual meet competition with wins over Sikeston 59-15, Hickman 63-9, Hazelwood West 57-24, and Francis Howell Central 43-25. The win over FHC was a historic one as it marked the first time a Parkway South Wrestling team defeated the Spartans in a dual meet. In a very exciting dual meet there were a few matches that stood out. At 182 Jake Hayes took on fellow ranked wrestler Luke Diener. Hayes normally known for his explosive and high scoring offensive style was held to only 2 points but found a way to win taking the 2-1 decision. At 220 Eddie Morris took on 8th ranked and returning state qualifier Caleb Gossett. Morris’s strength and speed proved to be too much as he nailed three powerful takedowns en route to a 6-4 victory.
The Patriots will look to continue their momentum when they return to action on January 3rd and 4th as they travel to Hazelwood Central two compete in the All-Suburban Conference Championships, a 32 team tournament which is arguably the hardest tournament in Missouri outside of the state tournament. The tournament will feature the best in Saint Louis including three time champions Seckman. The Patriot wrestlers and staff would love to see their fans come out and cheer them on as they attempt to be the first team other than Seckman to take home the title. Wrestling begins at 5:15 on Friday and resumes at 10am on Saturday. Thanks for joining me once again and as always Go PATRIOTS!!!