Mavericks Clinch War on the Floor

Sam Chambers
St. John's defeated Kinkaid 124-47 in the 8th annual War on the Floor dual wrestling meet.  The Mavericks lead the rivalry 5-3.  Match results from both the middle and high school teams are combined for the total school score.
St. John's middle school wrestlers won every match except for a forfeit in the heavy weight class.  The Maverick high school team was led by Josh Thomas '17, Layo Laniyan '18, Peter Chen '18, and Yo Akiyama '16. Thomas, who moved to heavy weight for the dual, successfully pinned his opponent. Midway through the contest Kinkaid honored Captain Jonathan Powell '06, a former All-American from Kinkaid, who went on to wrestle at American University before joining the military. Powell is now an Aviation Officer for the United States Army.  He noted that his experiences in the sport of wrestling continue to play a big part in his military career.  Powell explained how he recalled his high school wrestling coaches' words of encouragement when he faced challenging moments on certain missions. 

"Powell's story motivated me and confirmed how impressionable coaches can be," said St. John's Head Coach Alan Paul.  "I remember coaching this young man when I was a middle school coach at Kinkaid."

Sam Chambers - Athletic News