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Beyond the Mat with Coach Jahaan: Issue 5

January 15, 2014
By 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.
Once the bracket came out on day two, and team points started being recorded, the Patriots were blessed by being able to place all fourteen wrestlers into the bracket. Going into the semifinal round the Patriots had wrestled to being in 2nd place with 6 semi-finalists. The Patriots won 5 of their matches and on the strength of multiple sets of bonus points the Patriots were vaulted in 1st place. At 113 Connor Kloeppel took on Parker Neptune of Washington who is ranked 6th in class three. Kloeppel, demonstrating his prowess in top position recorded several sets of back points on the way to a major decision. In one of the best performances of the tournament Lucas Leggett at 170 took on 8th ranked Jarvis Hubbard of McCluer High School. Leggett, who proved he belongs among the best in the state, racked up multiple five point moves before pinning his foe. At 220, Eddie Morris battled back from an early 5-0 deficit to pin his opponent from Marquette.
With 5 in the finals and 3 others wrestling for medals the Patriots seemed to be in the drivers seat of the tournament. Crowning only two champions, Leggett with a pin and Morris with a decision, the result was in question during the announcing of the team points. With Lee Summit being named the second place team, the Patriot wrestlers, coaches, and fans knew the result and its possible the whole zip code heard their celebration. The Patriots battled through numerous state ranked wrestlers, bruised bodies, and the toughness of a two day weigh-in. Most of the wrestlers competed in 8+ matches and had their best performance of the season.
Place Results:
113: Connor Kloeppel 2nd
120: David Marlow 2nd
126: Antonio Vaghi 6th
138: Tyler Emerson 5th
160: Michael Aldrich 2nd
170: Lucas Leggett 1st
182: Jake Hayes 2nd
220: Eddie Morris 1st

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!!!

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