Congratulations to the 2013-14 St. John's Middle School Wrestling team for winning the Houston Prep Middle School tournament for the eighth time. Since the tournament began in 2000, three schools and one coach have won all fourteen championships. See Mavericks in the Chronicle.
St. John's Middle School Wrestling team won the 2013 City Prep Middle School tournament held at the Honor Roll School this past weekend. It was the second consecutive Prep Middle School victory and eighth overall for the Mavericks. Since the event began 15 years ago, there have been three schools to hoist the crown but only one coach to represent each winner. The answer to the riddle is: Alan Paul. While on Kinkaid’s wrestling staff starting in 2000, Coach Paul’s Falcons won the first three titles. St. Francis won the next three which coincided with Paul’s move to Piney Point Road to head up the Wolves wrestling squad. When Coach Paul took over St. John’s program nine years ago, he brought the wining potion for eight more titles. The only year St. John’s did not win it with Coach Paul, the event was canceled.
“Just got to get ‘em in the wrestling room,” said Paul. “The room does all the work.”
St. John’s won eight out of the eleven weight classes the Mavericks entered and placed in six other weight classes. They beat out Kinkaid, St. Francis, The Honor Roll School, and Western Academy. The 2013 weight class champions were Malcolm Sturgis '19, Wesley Gow '19, Ryan Tiras '18, Evan Hammerman '18, Layo Laniyan '18, Michael Meaux '18, Peter Chen '18, and Matthew Mercado '18. Also placing with points were Jonah Pesikoff '19, Bearach Miwatani-Minter '18, Chase Gray '19, Dylan May '18, Jack Shea '19, and David Seo '19.
Each time Paul changed schools he took it out on his previous team usually with a title on the line.
“A big one was my first year at St. Francis after leaving Kinkaid when we won the middle school state championship,” said Coach Paul. “To top if off when I first came to St. John’s we beat St. Francis by a point for the HJPC championship.”
Paul has played the title role reversal not just on the middle school level. Last season Paul and his Mavericks won the 2012-2013 SPC Championship, the first win from a school other than St. Mark’s School of Texas.
For now it’s back to the room to prep for the next contest on January 8, the City Championships on January 11, and another title for a team coached by Alan Paul.
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