The high school wrestling regular season is just about over, meaning the district tournaments are about to begin. The Valle Catholic Varsity Wrestling Team turned in an incredible performance in 2021-2022, finishing with a remarkable 20-3 dual record. With an outstanding record such as this, many of the Valle wrestlers are positioned to grab a high seed in their District Tournament.
Recently, the Valle Warriors have been battling with some tough schools, and coming out on top. On Tuesday, January 25th, the team clashed with New Madrid and Kennett, defeating both schools by scores of 54-24, and 45-33, respectively.
Head Coach Jacob Gegg commented on his team’s recent hot streak, and said, “We have had a busy last few weeks. Then we had a nice little break two weeks ago from competition, which helped us sharpen our technique and mentally prepare for the final push of the season.”
Just a day later, on Wednesday, January 26th, the squad was back in action against two more schools, St. Pius and Potosi. Once again the Warriors roughed up their opposition, beating St. Pius 54-24, and knocking off Potosi 48-27.
Gegg noted, “From top to bottom in our lineup, our guys are producing some of the best wrestling performances of their careers. Our older guys have done a great job of leading by exampling and showing the younger guys ways to become a better, more dominate wrestler. Not only that, but Conner Clanton and Will Kuehn, combine to make a Freshmen pair that have worked really hard and showed a lot of improvement and promise over the course of the season.”
On Saturday, January 28th, the Warriors competed in the Priory Tournament, and finished in second place as a team, which included six individual champions. Kaden Gegg, Kuehn, Joseph Flieg, Josh Bieser, Jacob Calbreath and Noah Elbert all won their respective weight classes to bring home gold.
Coming off of that stellar performance, Valle faced three teams on Monday, January 31st, in a dual meet. The warriors dominated all three schools, defeating Notre Dame 66-12, trouncing St. Pius 72-12 and beating St. Mary’s 48-29.
Gegg was pleased with what he saw, and commented, “It should be an interesting and fun team race to watch at the District Tournament next week. Hopefully our guys can use our momentum to help them perform to the highest level and hopefully continue on to the State Tournament.”
Every high school wrestler dreams of standing atop the podium on the biggest stage of them all at the MO State Tournament. Anything can happen, but as it looks right now, the Valle Warriors have as strong of a chance as any to fulfill that dream. Let’s go Warriors!