Sharks Compete at 50th Annual Bob Threloff Invitational


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Former assistant Varsity coach Shane Shaw (Left) Former varsity coach, Bob Threloff (Center) and 35 year Middle School wrestling coach Pat McLaughlin (Right) accept the plaque at the invitational.

Aaron Bowerman, Staff Writer

The St. Louis Sharks competed at the 50th Annual Bob Threloff Tournament Saturday, Jan. 8, and came away with a second-place finish.

This tournament has a rich history here at SLHS. As one of St.Louis’ most dedicated employees, Bob Threloff furthers, “After my first year, we had minimal tournaments, absolutely zero tournaments except the league meet and the state meet, so I decided the best way to get more entries for our team was to create a tournament. So when I started in 1970, we had no tournaments. One year later, 1971, we started (our own) tournament which has happened every year since then except 2021.” As thoroughly explained, this tournament is deeply tied to the tradition here at SLHS.

The team ended up taking second on the night barely losing by 14 points to Clare. This tournament meant a lot to the team as Josh Dew stated, “It was the 50th anniversary of the Threloff Tournament, and it was such a great opportunity to give back to Mr. Threloff after all he has done for the program.” First place medalists on the night were: Colin Kuhn, Martine Wiggins, and Justice Onstott. Additional medalists that day included Robert Long-Terwilliger, Josh Dew, Conner Daniels, Ben Dousuah, and Braden Ball. The Sharks will be wrestling again at Millington Jan. 12, for what should be the toughest league meet of the season.