SLHS Wrestling seals conference championship against Hemlock


Bobby Marr

SLHS Wrestler Dylan Marr consults with Coach Reeves.

Aaron Bowerman, Staff Writer

The Saint Louis wrestling team sealed a conference championship against the Hemlock Huskies, Saturday Feb. 3, 2022. 

The Sharks were originally prepared to face Hemlock and Valley-Lutheran. However, due to a small roster, Valley decided to drop out of the meet and the Alma team was asked to sub-in. Eagerly taking the opportunity to get more mat time for their kids, Alma Coach Randy Miniard accepted the invitation. This participation did not affect the conference standings as Alma is not in the same conference or overall division as St. Louis. The Sharks crushed Hemlock 60-19. Unfortunately, the Sharks did not fare so well against Alma, winning only one match. That one hardworking individual was Colin Kuhn. 

Now that the normal season is over, the post season begins. Wrestling uses two separate tournaments, one for a team and one for individuals. For the individual season, instead of everyone wrestling, now only 14 lucky wrestlers will be given the opportunity to wrestle at the next level in division  four. As Coach Kevin Kuhn explained, “As a coach, it is a unique and unfortunate opportunity to have to narrow down our team for this selection. In past years, this decision has always been fairly cut and dry, however this year due to our huge roster, this decision will require much more attention.” This is a problem many division four wrestling teams would be very jealous of as many other teams in division four aren’t able to fill a whole roster. 

The team has begun to show great improvement and as time moves on in the season, so does morale. As senior wrestler Nate March commented, “It felt amazing to utterly destroy the Hemlock team. However, we were humbled by a disappointing match against Alma.” The Sharks had a great learning experience on the night and will be working hard through the next few weeks. The Sharks will be making a run for a district championship Wednesday Feb.  9, at home at 5 p.m.