St. John's Varsity Wrestling shut out ESD 84-0 in the first round of the state dual pool matches. The Mavericks followed up with a 57-22 win over Casady, and a 48-32 win over Trinity Christian Academy (TCA) to advance to the finals where they fought off Liberty Christian but could not get past Bishop Lynch.
84 points is the maximum score a team can have with all 14 matches ending in a pin or forfeit. The Mavericks worked their way through their pool and faced some of the top teams in the state in the finals.
"The shut out is a first for me," said St. John's Head Wrestling Coach Alan Paul.
The tournament consisted of twelve teams- St. John's, EHS, St. Mark's, All Saints, Trinity Christian Academy, Liberty Christian, First Baptist, ESD, Casady, McKinney Christian, Bishop Lynch, and St. Thomas. Teams start in three separate pools of four teams. Pool standings determine the final bracket for all teams. St. John's, Liberty Christian, and Bishop Lynch won their pools and wrestled each other for the overall title. In the finals the Mavericks went on to defeat Liberty Christian, but fell short to Bishop Lynch, finishing as state dual runner-up.
"We are look forward to the challenge to face the top teams in the finals," said Coach Paul, prior to the championship round. "Right now I'm especially excited about the effort against TCA. Freshman Thomas Grannen wrestles an All-American and came away with a moral victory in being the first opponent to not be pinned by the TCA wrestler. In our hearts he won, and that's what its going to take to win this championship. If younger guys can battle and stay off their backs and the veterans can can pin, we are going to be successful."
The team travels to McKinney Christian on February 3rd and 4th for the State Individuals before hosting SPC on February 11th.