Beyond the Mat with Coach Jahaan: Issue 7
January 31, 2014By jahaan ashfaq of Parkway South Wrestling
Welcome back Patriot fans to my season long blog. The streak is over!!! On Wednesday night the Parkway South Wrestling team took on the visiting Northwest Lions in a dual meet which over the years has turned into a very intense rivalry. The Patriots saw themselves winning 9 of the 11 matches handing the Lions their first dual meet loss of the season by the score of 44-18. The win was the Patriots first win over the Lions in over 12 seasons.
Going into the dual meet the Patriots knew they must win to stay in contention for the Suburban West conference title. Also, with PrepCasts streaming the dual live, they were under a lot of pressure. They responded in great fashion and in front of a raucous crowd brought home the victory. The Patriots got momentum early with freshman Bryce Raphael and David Marlow both winning close decisions that saw them come back from being down early in the match. They both showed the poise and determination of seasoned vets and got the Patriots off to a good start. In one of the best matches of the night Antonio Vaghi took on Sam Byrd. Both grapplers traded points throughout the match and went to sudden death overtime with the score knotted at 4. Showing a high level of conditioning, Vaghi wasted no time with a powerful blast double takedown to secure the victory less than 30 seconds into the period. With the win, Vaghi was awarded Wrestler of the Meet by PrepCasts Another freshman Jack Marak turned in one of his most impressive matches of the season taking on senior Justin Francik, a medalist at the All Suburban Conference tournament. Wasting no time Marak repeatedly shot in deep on the overwhelmed senior who eventually succumbed to the pressure. In a scramble late in the second period Marak turned a reversal into back points and collected a fall in what could be considered a major upset. At 285, senior Zach Conley took on fellow senior Chris Gregory. This marked the second time the two giants faced off with Gregory winning the first match between the two. Erasing memory of the past, Conley was constantly aggressive and capitalized on a poor shot to earn the only takedown of the match. That proved to be all that was needed as Conley collected the win.
With the win, and Lindbergh’s upset win over Eureka the same night, the Patriots control their own destiny in the conference standings. A conference championship is something that has eluded the Patriots since the Chip Allison days and would be a great accomplishment to add to an already fantastic year.
The Patriots return to action Wednesday January 22nd, as they travel to Arnold to take on the Fox Warriors in dual meet action. They follow that with a trip up highway 70 to compete in the Columbia Hickman tournament on January 24th and 25th. Please pack the stands at Fox as we continue our Conference run and if possible make the trek to Columbia to cheer us on. And as always, GO PATRIOTS!!!
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