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2019-20 high school wrestling preview capsules

Reigning state wrestling champions Whitfield and CBC will be attempting to win another title this season.

The CBC Cadets won the 2019 Class 4 state wrestling tournament. It was CBC’s second consecutive crown.

CBC had four individual state champions last season and two return this year.

Senior Joshua Saunders is three-for-three at the state meet. Saunders earned his third championship last winter with a 10-3 decision over Staley’s Aidan Johnson at 152 pounds. The state title gave him a 40-2 season. Saunders went 34-3 as a sophomore. He finished 36-5 as a freshman. His overall record is 110-10.

Saunders will rejoin the Cadets in the second half of the season, coach Cornell Robinson said. Saunders currently is at the U.S. Olympic Training Center working to try and qualify for the 2020 Olympic team.

Junior Vince Zerban (43-3) won his first state championship. He won 17-2 by technical fall over Jaylen Carson, of Lafayette. It was a rematch of the district championship match.

Wyatt Henson (33-6) won his first state last season as a sophomore but he and his family moved back to Pennsylvania, where lived and competed as a freshman. The other state winner was Kyle Prewitt, who graduated, at 145.

Robinson is ready for the challenges of the season.

“We’re young so we’ll have to get tougher,” Robinson said. “I think they will perform well this season. We’ll try and do what we do and bring home another state championship.”

Whitfield won 2019 Class 1 state championship with 192 points. It was the third consecutive state title for the Warriors and it was the eighth overall for the program and coach Charlie Sherertz. The eight titles all have come since 2008. Last year’s title was the first time the Warriors have won state three times in a row.

The Warriors, who sent 12 grapplers to state, scored two individual championship last winter. Five others finished second in their weight classes. Two others came in third.

Whitfield get a state titleholder back back this season. Senior Connor McAteer won state at 120 as a sophomore. A two-time medalist and a state champion, McAteer missed last season with knee surgery. He hurt his knee competing in the Kansas City Stampede.

Whitfield coach Charlie Sherertz said the may change how it classifies private schools next for the 2020-21 year.

“This may be our last year in Class 1 so we want to go out on top,” Sherertz said. “They’re (MSHSAA) going to institute a championship factor next year. If a private school does well, they will be moved up. We could go to Class 3.”

Aedryan Cox is entering third year at De Smet. Cox has three placewinners back. Jacobi Jackson in second place at 285, Colton King third at 106 and Jesse Hahs sixth at 113.

Coach Zeke Allison begins his fourth year at Parkway West. The Longhorns went 15-1 in duals last season. Allison has 11 seniors on this year’s team along with 14 freshmen.

“I have been looking forward to this season for quite some time,” Allison said. “This senior class is the first group of wrestlers that I have had all four years since I’ve been the head coach. I can’t wait to see what they will be able to accomplish this season. They have bought in to our program and have put in a lot of time and hard work over the years.”

Parkway Central coach Lee Brown is building up the Colts progam. Two years ago when he took over, he had six matmen. This year he was 23 boys out for the squad.

Here are the conference alignments:
Suburban Conference Yellow Pool teams: Eureka, Lafayette, Lindbergh, McCluer North, Mehlville, Northwest, Parkway South, Seckman.
Suburban Conference Green Pool teams: Affton, Hazelwood East, McCluer, McCluer South-Berkeley, Normandy, Oakville, Parkway Central, Parkway North, Parkway West, University City, Clayton.
Metro League teams: Lutheran North, Lutheran South, John Burroughs, MICDS, Principia, Priory, Westminster Christian Academy,
Metro Catholic Conference teams: CBC, Chaminade, De Smet, St. Louis University High, Vianney.

Here are the Missouri State High School Activities Association’s district alignments for this season:
Class 4
Class 1

CBC, Eureka, Fox, Jackson, Kirkwood, Lafayette, Lindbergh, Marquette, Mehlville, Northwest, Oakville, Parkway South, Poplar Bluff, Seckman, Vianney.
District 2
Chaminade, De Smet, Francis Howell, Francis Howell Central, Francis Howell North, Fort Zumwalt North, Fort Zumwalt West, Hazelwood Central, Hazelwood West, Holt, Pattonville, Ritenour, St. Louis University High, Timberland.
Class 3
District 2

Clayton. Fort Zumwalt East, Fort Zumwalt South, Hannibal, Hazelwood East, Ladue , Liberty, McCluer, McCluer North, MICDS, Parkway Central, Parkway North, Parkway West, St. Charles. Warrenton.
Class 2
District 2

Blair Oaks, Boonville, Fulton, Kirksville, Lutheran St. Charles High, Mexico, Moberly, Orchard Farm, Owensville, Priory, Southern Boone, St. Charles West, St. Francis Borgia, Winfield, Wright City.
Class 1
District 1

Bishop DuBourg, Brentwood, Central (New Madrid County), Christian High, Cleveland NJROTC, Gateway Science Academy Charter, Hancock, Herculaneum, Lift for Life Academy, Maplewood, Missouri School for the Blind, Principia, STEAM Academy at McCluer South-Berkeley, Valle Catholic, Whitfield.

Here is a look at the teams that responded to requests for information:


CBC Cadets
2017-18 record: Won Class 4 District 1 meet. Won Class 4 state championship with a team score of 169.5 points. Cadets had four individual state champions in Vincent Zerban at 132 to finish with 43-3 record, Wyatt Hanson at 138 to end 33-6, Kyle Prewitt at 145 to end 38-3 and Joshua Saunders at 152 to wind up 40-2.
Coach: Cornell Robinson. Entering sixth year as head coach.
Assistant coaches: Scott Winkelmann, Dennis Kakrah, Abe Raziq, Jake Hill.
Returning number of wrestlers and state qualifiers: 6 state qualifiers.
Wrestlers signed or committed to a college: Josh Saunders committed to Cornell University.
Team captains: All four seniors.
Wrestlers on team to watch for this winter: Senior Josh Saunders at 152, junior Vincent Zerban at 145, sophomore Jack Darrah at 195, junior Lucas White at 170, junior Alex Flerlage at 126.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Have a few but let’s see how they do and make their own name.
Goals: Come togther and be brothers. Be willing to sacrifice for the team. Get tough.
Strengths: The boys all get along good.
Favorites to win the Metro Catholic Conference: CBC.
Quote: “I like this team,” Robinson said. “We’re young so we’ll have to get tougher. I think they will perform well this season. We’ll try and do what we do and bring home another state championship.”

De Smet Spartans
2018-19 record: 8-3 in duals. Finished in top 5 in every tournament. Placed second in Class 4 District 2 meet, finsihed fifth as a team at Class 4 state meet, seven wrestlers qualified for state and three placed — Jacobi Jackson in second place at 285, Colton King third at 106 and Jesse Hahs sixth at 113.
Coach: Aedryan Cox. Entering third year at De Smet.
Assistant coaches: Anton Prater, Jacob Janes, Marty Combs
Returning number of state qualifiers: 5.
Wrestlers signed or committed to a college: None.
Team captains: John Fotouhi, Jacob Perez, Ian Warren
Wrestlers on team to watch for this winter: Junior Jacob Jackson at heavyweight, a returning state finalist coming off of a state championship football team run where he played as the starting right guard. Junior Colton King, who is ranked No. 1 at 106 to begin the year. Senior Ian Warren at 145. Warren competed in several national level tournaments over the year, and is looking to make a significant in his senior campaign.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Sophomore Tyron (TJ) Woodley, who was injured during his freshman season and plays football. Freshman Rickson Taylor, who plays football.
Goals: Improve on last year’s state finish. Finish top 4 at state.
Strengths: Senior leaders. The three leaders/captains are models for the team both on and off the mat. These young man are extremely goal oriented, and it is evident in the way that they live their lives.
Favorites to win the Metro Catholic Conference: CBC or De Smet.
Quote: “I’m very excited about the group of guys that we have in the room this year,” Cox said. “We have adopted the saying: Don’t show me how strong you are by holding someone down, show me how strong you are by lifting someone up. These young men are beginning to embody this saying by hold each other accountable both on and off the mat. I’m very excited about the people that these young men are turning into.”

Eureka Wildcats
2018-19 record: 15-9.
Coach: Jesse Zeugin. Entering second year at Eureka. Jake McCollum placed fourth in Class 4 state meet at 195.
Returning number of wrestlers and state qualifiers: 9 wrestlers. 2 state qualifiers.
Wrestlers signed or committed to a college: None.
Team captains: Not named.
Wrestlers on team to watch for this winter: Senior Jake McCollum, senior Luke Dickhaus, Riley Nottingham, Kyle hurst, Shane Sweat, Kaleb Hustedde, Chandler Nelson, Ben Stubblefield
Newcomers expected to contribute:
Goals: The same — work hard, get better at wrestling and become better human beings.
Strengths: Upper weights. Have the most depth and returners there.
Quote: “(I’m) Extremely excited about this season and the hard working group of guys and girls we have coming back,” Zeugin said. .

Lafayette Lancers
2018-19 record: 17-1 in duals. Finished second in Suburban Conference Yello Pool, second in Class 4 District 1 meet. Had four state medalists.
Coach: Joe Wier. Entering second year at Lafayette as head coach, ninth overall year with program.
Assistant coaches: Adam Hicks, Wade Pinkston, Matt Waekerle, Eric Covert, Brian Sanguinet, Alex Perry, Jason Mirakitani, Nick Olejnik, Berenice Blanco.
Returning number of wrestlers and state qualifiers: 36 wrestlers. 5 state qualifiers. 1 state medalist Jalin Reese, who was fifth at 113 pounds last year.
Wrestlers signed or committed to a college: None.
Team captains: Jalin Reese, Anthony McRoberts, Tommy Hagan, Evan Boren
Wrestlers on team to watch for this winter: Have a younger group of experienced wrestles this year. Sophomore Lane Tenny at 113, senior Jalin Reese at 120, sophomore Drew Doehring at 126, Alex Doehring, a state qualifier at 132; senior Henry Thomas at 138, junior Gabe Frankenberger at 145, sophomore Emir Chodronov at 152, junior Evan Boren, a state qualifier at 160, sophomore Tommy Hagan, who was in top 8 in state last year at 170, junior Brandon Keipp at 182, junior Evan O’Connell at 195 and senior Anthony McRoberts at 285.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Freshmen Gavin Shoulders and Blake Nelson.
Goals: Win conference, districts and place top 4 in state.
Strengths: Have a lot of wrestlers that have competed for many years. Have a younger team this year but there is some experience in this group. Have a hard-working group that put in a lot of time improving this spring and summer.
Favorites to win the Suburban Conference Yello Pool: Seckman, Eureka.
Quote: “Our team this year is a balanced mix of young talents and solid veterans,” Wier said. “If our team leadership is strong then the sky is the limit for this group.”

Marquette Mustangs
Coach: Jake Dieffenbach. Entering seventh year at Marquette.
Assistant coaches: Josh Hansel, Tyson Campbell, Scott Sissom, Sean Torgoley, Noah Reid, Grady Donohoe.
Returning number of state qualifiers: 3.
Wrestlers signed or committed to a college: None.
Team captains: Alex Nicozisin, Aidan Rudman, Isaiah Brisseaux.
Wrestlers on team to watch for this winter: Alex Nicozisin is entering his junior season and is a returning state qualifier and is expected to compete at 145 once again. Zack Watkins is also a returning state qualifier and will be back in the same weight class at 106. Isaiah Brisseaux is also a returning state qualifier and is the third-ranked heavyweight in the state.
Goals: Win conference, have five state qualifiers, three state medalists.
Strengths: Should be solid in our lower and middle weights.
Favorites to win the Suburban Conference Yellow Pool: Rockwood Summit is the defending conference champ but Marquette would like to be in the mix as well.
Quote: “We will have a lot of new faces in the lineup this year,” Dieffenbach said. “We will only have two senior starters but have some young kids that are going to have to be ready to step up.”

Parkway Central Colts
2018-19 record: 8-8 in duals.
Coach: Lee Brown. Entering third year at Parkway Central.
Assistant coaches: Omar Ahmad.
Returning number of wrestlers: Kaleb Duncan, Yousef Ahmad, Hisham Alahmad, Lucas Garrett, Joaab Hackmann Elijah Wheaton and Jason Williams.
Team captains: Yousef Ahmad and Kaleb Duncan.
Wrestlers on team to watch for this winter: Yousef Alahmad at 132, Joaab Hackman at 182, Elijah Wheaton at 195.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Abdullah Safi at 119, Ahmadullah Khaliji at 126, Liam Hipp at 138.
Goals: Finish in the top three in the conference, win home duals and go .500 on the road.
Strengths: Numbers increase at the lower classes raised the competitive balance. Back end of lineup will the strongest it’s ever been.
Quote: “Two years ago we took over a program with only six wrestlers,” Brown said. “This year we have 23 including two girls. Mariella Cox and Mary Jane Konieczny. We will continue to develop and compete.”

Parkway South Patriots
2018-19 record: 0-12 in duals. Finished in 16th place at Class 4 state meet. Garret Kloeppel finished second in state at 138 while Ty Osby finished third at 195 and Max Rinklin was a qualifier.
Coach: Greg Mattison. Entering second year at Parkway South.
Assistant coaches: Jim Lake, Andrew Wallace, Taylor Burch.
Returning number of wrestlers and state qualifiers: 14 wrestlers. 1 state qualifier.
Wrestlers signed or committed to a college: None.
Team captains: To be determined.
Wrestlers on team to watch for this winter: Senior Max Rinklin at 170, senior Ashton Auberry at 145, junior Jake Sinn at 132, junior Carson Campbell at 152, sophomore Blake Schowalter at 120, sophomore Kevin Watkins at 126, junior Josh Keel at 160, junior Aidan Scharf at 195, and junior Mason Sachse at 106.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Junior Chyngyz Kalybek at 113, senior Lizzie Levins, freshman Nadia Middendorf, freshman Janiah Jones, freshman Kyla Shields, freshman Tryn Kaighin, freshman Faye Ullom.
Goals: Will continue to improve and learn how to compete at the top level. Goal is to win a minimum of five of team’s nine duals. For a young but improving team, that would be a strong step in the right direction, especially in the conference.
Strengths: While still a young team, we have a number of wrestlers who are all-in and have wrestled year-around to improve. Will have an almost full varsity lineup and expect to compete well in dual matches.
Favorites to win the Suburban Conference Yellow Pool: Lafayette and Seckman.
Quote: “Our South coaches are very excited about the potential for this team, Mattison said. “Our team has doubled in size with young, athletic kids and our first-ever girls team is filled with very impressive athletes eager to improve and compete. With 14 returning boys, our varsity roster will be solid with experienced wrestlers, most of whom have put in hard work over the summer with the goal of qualifying and placing at state. We’re very proud of and excited about what our South boys and girls can accomplish this season.”

Parkway West Longhorns
2018-19 record: 15-1 in duals. Had 3 state qualifiers.
Coach: Zeke Allison. Entering fourth year at Parkway West.
Assistant coaches: Chip Allison, Hope Miller, Murry Reich, and Jeff Schlote.
Returning number of wrestlers and state qualifiers: 23 wrestlers. 2 state qualifiers.
Wrestlers signed or committed to a college: None.
Team captains: Captains: The senior class has helped rebuild the program at Parkway West, so all of the seniors will be representing the team as captains this year. They are Owen Beveridge, Brayden Eddy, Liam Elli, James Griffin, Ishmail Hacking, Ian Hall, Arion Ivy, Trenton Mosley, Reed Nenonen, Mason Redel, and Daniel Yu.
Wrestlers on team to watch for this winter: Brayden Eddy at 170 and James Griffin at 152.
Newcomers expected to contribute: Have 14 freshmen this year. Expecting them all to contribute to the program wether it be at the varsity or JV level. They will give the program a lot of depth.
Goals: One of the goals as a team is to win the conference championship for the third season in a row. Another goal is to win a district title, which has not happened in more than 20 years. Always want to send more wrestlers to the state tournament than the previous season, and to get them up on the podium.
Strengths: We are led by a veteran senior class and their leadership will set the path for our younger wrestlers.
Favorites to win the conference: Everyone. Never know what a team is bringing to the new season. Have to treat everyone like they’re a threat, because if you don’t that’s when you will get beat.
Quote: “I have been looking forward to this season for quite some time,” Allison said. “This senior class is the first group of wrestlers that I have had all four years since I’ve been the head coach. I can’t wait to see what they will be able to accomplish this season. They have bought in to our program and have put in a lot of time and hard work over the years. I’m also excited to see our girls team grow from two wrestlers to seven this year. I think they will help make the sport of wrestling more popular in our state and in our school. Hopefully the girls program just continues to grow, just like the boys program has here at Parkway West.”

Westminster Christian Academy Wildcats
2018-19 record: 3-14. Finished third in district meet. Had a state qualifier in senior Patrick Andrews.
Coach: Jacob Wadley. Entering second year at Westminster Christian Academy.
Assistant coaches: Nate Thobaben entering his third year and Dominic Barresi entering his second year.
Team captains: Not named.
Wrestlers to watch for this winter: Clayton Perona’s return to the mat is much anticipated. Bringing a veteran’s experience to the team, Clayton brings an even greater depth to a powerful middle weight Westminster wrestling team. Caelleb Crutcher brings back life and joy to the team as the anchor of the upper weights. He has put a lot of extra offseason mat time in the practice room and club tournaments which has already begun to show the fruits of his labor.
Goals: Understanding the process of and benefits to suffering.
Strengths: Team is able to transform its mind through the power of the spirit of Christ Jesus and the word of God.
Favorites to win the Metro League: Finished second in the conference last year and are set to run away with it this year.
Quote: “Like David, we are a team after God’s heart capable of slaying giants,” Wadley said. “Westminster wrestling has already begun to earn respect through the whispers of the wrestling community. And I’m happy to know that this team is to not be despised in its small beginnings. We have no loss to fear so we only gain.”

Whitfield Warriors
2018-19 record: Won Class 1 state championship with 192 points. Two state champions return. Freshman Evan Binder won at 106 pounds when he beat Levi Connelly, of Seneca, 2-0 and finished with a 38-7 record. At 120 pounds, sophomore Logan Ferrero won his second state title. He won state as a freshman at 106 and jumped to 120. Ferrero scored a 3-2 decision over Lucas Laux, of Fatima, and finished 38-6. Five other Warriors finished second in their weight classes. Two others came in third.
Coach: Charlie Scherertz. Entering 24th year at Whitfield.
Assistant coaches: Todd Schumacher, Wayne Smith, Ethan Scherertz, Derek Swaney.
Returning number of wrestlers and state qualifiers: 10 wrestlers. 8 state qualifiers.
Wrestlers signed or committed to a college: None.
Team captains: Seniors Connor McAteer and Matt Schueddig. Connor McAteer won state at 120 in 2018. A two-time medalist and a state champ, McAteer missed last season with knee surgery last December. He hurt his knee competing in the Kansas City Stampede.
Wrestlers on team to watch for this winter: The three returning state champions and the three second-place finishers in Matthew Schueddig at 152, sophomore Chase Brock at 160 and sophomore Keith Miley at 220.
Newcomers expected to contribute: They’ve got to make a name for themselves.
Goals: Win the state tournment.
Strengths: We’re spread out a little bit.
Quote: “We are young. I have only have two seniors on the team,” Scherertz said. “They’re a very talented but not particularly disciplined team at this stage of the game. That will be a focus point for me to develeop the level of discipline to carry through the times that are ahead. This may be our last year in Class 1 so we want to go out on top. They’re (MSHSAA) going to institute a championship factor next year. If a private school does well, they will be moved up. We could go to Class 3.”

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