2017 Winter SPC comes to resounding close as Maverick Wrestling takes down their fourth title in five years. Boys' Swimming landed in second. Girls' Soccer defeated Hockaday 2-0 for third. Girls' Swimming placed fourth. Boys' Soccer won their last match against St. Stephen's 3-1 for fifth place. Girls' Basketball finished 6th and Boys' Basketball finished 10th.
2017 Winter SPC finished with a seismic shift as the lone senior on the Maverick Wrestling team ended the last match of the day (285 lbs.) with a resounding finish. Locked in a stalemate well into the overtime period, Josh Thomas ’17 untangled himself to leverage a signature take down move felt by fans on Liu Court.
“We accomplished all of the things we wanted to,” said Head Coach Alan Paul. “Our heavyweight, Josh, finishing in overtime with a take down. That was a quite an ending.”
St. John’s finished first for the second year in a row, winning their fourth title in the last five years. The Mavericks compiled 206 points for first place. Kinkaid finished runner-up with 132, followed by All Saints, Casady, EHS, St. Mark’s, Oakridge, Trinity Valley, ESD, and FWCD. St. John’s had 15 pins on the day. Will Skinner ’20 (132), Layo Laniyan ’18 (138), Peter Chen ’18 (170), and Josh Thomas ’17 (285) were SPC champions. St. John’s also had five second place finishes, three third places, and one fourth place.
The Mavericks won the Texas Prep State tournament last weekend, and St. John’s Middle School team won the 2017 Houston City and state titles. St. John’s is the first school in Texas wrestling to have won both levels in the same season.
“This is the best season we have had,” said Josh. “I love being on this team and I’m really going to miss it. I love this team with all of my heart. Go, Mavs!”
With all but Thomas returning at the high school level and state-tested middle school wrestlers on the rise, St. John’s 2017 ending could cause and ongoing tremor in Texas prep wrestling.