Beyond the Mat with Coach Jahaan: Issue 8
February 3, 2014By jahaan ashfaq of Parkway South Wrestling
Welcome back Patriot wrestling fans. Sorry for the long wait for this issue but it has been a busy couple weeks. In this issue I am going to recap two Suburban West dual meets as well as the Hickman Invititional.
On January 22nd the Patriots traveled down 141 to Jefferson County to take on the Warriors of Fox High School in Suburban West action. With the past couple years producing close duals between the teams, as well as some interesting matchups, the Warriors were not to be underestimated. The Patriots delivered in a big way winning 10 out of 12 matches on the way to a 62-12 victory. In what is proving to be a strong weight for the Patriots, Bryce Raphael started off the Patriots by lighting up the scoreboard with a 28-12 tech fall victory over his opponent. In one of the marquee matches of the night junior Tyler Emerson took on senior Chandler Sykes. The two had met twice before, both during Emerson’s freshman year with Sykes using strength and experience to take the victory. It seems as though third time was a charm for Emerson as he posted a methodical 8-3 decision. Lucas Leggett and Joey Cunningham both pinned returning state qualifiers Ian Wiegand and Brett Grelle respectively. In the final match Zach Conley took on Tyler Easton. Conley has experience great success against Easton pinning him twice in both their previous meetings, both in the first period. While heavyweight matches are not usually known to be very exciting, this match happened to be the outlier. Both giants went toe to toe with Conley looking to continue his dominance and Easton trying to get his revenge. The end of the match came late in the third period with Conley capitalizing on a mistake and pinning Easton. With the victory the Patriots moved to 5-1 in Suburban West dual meets and still in the drivers seat for the conference title.
On January 24th and 25th the Patriot wrestlers and coaches loaded up the vans and traveled to Columbia to take part in the Hickman Invitational, a two day tournament that feature teams from all stretches of the state. From Saint Louis County, Jefferson County, Mid- Missouri, Southern Missouri and Kansas City there was a very eclectic field that made their way to the home of the Kewpies to showcase their talents. While the Patriots have always performed admirably at the Invitational, a team plaque had eluded them for some time. In a tournament that saw the lead change after seemingly every match, the Patriots were outpaced by the Jeff City Jays for the team title. The Patriots were the second place team, followed closely by rival Suburban West school Northwest and Columbia Rock Bridge, who placed third at the Patriot Classic. Parkway South’s top performer, Michael Aldrich, won all seven of his matches, scoring bonus points in all but two, living by the Patriot motto of winning big. Also scoring big points for the Patriots were Joey Cunningham and Eddie Morris who both were runner-ups. With the second place finish the Patriots have now been in the top four in all five tournaments they have wrestled in. Speaking of the tournament Coach Lake said, “It would have been nice to won the title, but taking away a second place finish at a tournament of this caliber is always nice.”
On January 29th the Patriots played host to the Mehlville Panthers in Suburban West action. The night was also Senior Night and seniors Connor Kleoppel, Lenell Campbell, Lucas Leggett, Jake Hayes, Joey Cunningham, Ben Macbain, and Zach Conley were all honored for their hard work and dedication to the sport and the team. Once the festivities were over the Patriots turned in one of their most dominating performances to date losing only one match on the way to a 72-5 victory. The lone loss came from Jack Storm, making his varsity debut, against Mehlville’s best wrestler, Kyle Kaletka. Even though he lost, Storm showed the coaches that he is a valuable asset with his aggressive style and potent takedown arsenal. Every senior collected a victory for the Patriots and only two matches did not end by pin. In the marquee match of the night, Freshman David Marlow took on four year letter winner Brandon Steffe. In a very chippy affair, Marlow controlled the action and did not allow the antics of his opponent to phase him in the least. Prepcast were on site to call the action and the Patriots did not disappoint those who tuned in.
With the win the Patriots are only one win away from securing at least half of the Subrban West championships. The Patriots return to the mats on Tuesday, February 4th and travel to Marquette to complete their dual season. The following weekend they will compete in the Francis Howell Central tournament to close out the wrestling season before hosting districts February 14th and 15th. Thank you to all who support us, especially those that took the trip to Columbia. Please continue to show your support and follow us to Marquette and Howell Central and cheer on your Patriots. And as always, GO PATRIOTS!!