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Reflecting after four years: senior James Griffin aims for state title

As senior James Griffin pins his opponent, his teammates cheer him on. Griffin has a record of 34-2 this season and has committed to Lindenwood University. “This season, I feel like I’m more on top of my game. I feel like everything is starting to come together and click,” Griffin said. “I’m definitely seeing it in my wrestling, and another thing is that it’s starting to slow down for me. Last year, everything used to be really fast, and it felt like I didn’t have time to think. Now, everything has slowed down for me. I’m understanding patterns a lot better and peoples’ movements, so the biggest thing is that it’s slowed down for me.”

Ridwan Oyebamiji, Features Editor

February 18, 2020

After being defeated multiple times at wrestling tournaments his freshman year, senior James Griffin made a promise to himself that he would do better the next time. Griffin fulfilled his promise as he is 34-2 this season and hopes to continue this trend at state. “I found my passion for wrestling at the e...

Senior Brayden Eddy knocks out football to pursue wrestling

Senior Brayden Eddy pins down his opponent from Parkway South. Eddy wrestles year-round now that he has more time without football. “I don’t really feel anything during the match. It’s just me and the other guy wrestling,” Eddy said. “I try not to bring my emotions into my matches.”

Fatema Rehmani, Awards Coordinator

October 31, 2019

Running down the football field, ball in hand, senior Brayden Eddy considers the pain in his neck and the ramifications that a severe football-induced injury could have on his future.  “[I started playing] because it was the thing to do; everybody played football. I lived in Texas, so it was su...

Sophomore Paige Wehrmeister develops wrestling skills at National Championships

Watching teammates wrestle from the bleachers, sophomore Paige Wehrmeister and teammate Emma Cole bond through their common interests. Following the trip to Fargo, Wehrmeister continued to spend time with the friends she made during her trip to Fargo. “We were all representing the same state, and after all that time together, I developed close friendships with some of the girls,” Wehrmeister said.

Brinda Ambal, Staff Writer

August 22, 2019

The stadium seats rise up around her with the capacity to seat 19,000. On the mat wrestling at the U.S. Marine Corps Junior Nationals, also known as Fargo, is sophomore Paige Wehrmeister. Wehrmeister traveled with her team, consisting of around 100 boys and 56 girls, to Fargo, N.D. from July 12 to 19 in ho...

#WrestleLikeAGirl: breaking boundaries and winning medals

Sophomore Emma Carter and freshman Paige Wehrmeister pose together after the Mehlville Women’s Invitational Dec. 21. The tournament was the first girls tournament that either one had been to; Carter took third place in the 167 pound weight class, and Wehrmeister took fifth in the 121 pound weight class.

Nell Jaskowiak, Opinions editor

February 1, 2019

This wrestling season, #WrestleLikeAGirl has trended across Missouri. Girls have turned out in record numbers for the sport, more than doubling the number that the Missouri State High School Activities Association predicted would join. Now, their season is coming to a finish, with district tournaments...

Sophomore Emma Carter pins down success

Preparing to engage an opponent, Carter looks for an opportunity to shoot. Carter was named varsity wrestler of the week and boasts a 6-2 record. “When you get out on that mat and you’re really in that fight or flight moment, you know you have to win,” Carter said.

Nell Jaskowiak, Opinions editor

February 1, 2019

“Being a girl in this boy's sport, there [are] so many things you have to do. People are constantly watching what you’re doing to try and protect themselves; people in this sport are so sexist, it’s insane,” Carter said. “I know you’re thinking, ‘oh, they’re wrestlers, why would they...

Freshman Paige Wehrmeister finds her strength in wrestling

Hand raised after her first pin of a male opponent, Wehrmeister grins at her triumph. “I feel like I am in control of them [when I’m on top], and if I wanted to I could control everything that was happening in that moment,” Wehrmeister said. “They can’t get up if I don’t let go.”

Nell Jaskowiak, Opinions editor

February 1, 2019

Freshman Paige Wehrmeister had not always seen herself as a strong person—then she started wrestling. Joining sophomore Emma Carter as one of two female wrestlers in Parkway, Wehrmeister has already carved out a reputation for herself: the girl who smiles every time she steps onto the mat. “H...

Wrestling team revives their history through a champions board

Competing in a 2017 wrestling match, junior Reed Nenonen performs a cradle on his opponent. Nenonen went on to have a 16-10 record and advanced to conference semifinals. “All I can hope [for this season] is that I can push myself and make the team what it can be,” Nenonen said.

Nell Jaskowiak, Opinions Editor

November 13, 2018

With a new season underway and momentum building for an expanded girls program, the wrestling team has another change coming this year: a champions board to display all of their past state qualifiers, placers and team titles. They won their first conference title in 29 years last season, and the words...

Atajio Ivy reflects on four years as a varsity wrestler

Chris Bass, Staff Writer

February 16, 2018

Pathfinder: When did you find the passion for wrestling? Ivy: It’s a funny story. So, when I first got into wrestling, I didn’t think I was going to stay with it. I knew that my dad had wrestled and I kinda wanted some fighting skills. When I first started, I never thought that I would have that...

Six minutes on the mat: senior Josh McCallister looks towards state

Wrestling at a meet in DeSoto junior year, McCallister grapples with his opponent. “[When I’m on the mat] I’ve got a game plan and I’m just ready to go. My head’s filled with what I’m going to do,” McCallister said.

Nell Jaskowiak, Opinions Editor

December 15, 2017

At a West High wrestling camp between his eighth grade and freshman year, senior Josh McCallister laid the foundations for his passion. He picked up the skills quickly, and his confidence drove him to join the high school team. Eventually, he worked his way up to earning the team captain position in hi...

Wrestling team prepares for senior night

Sophomore Noah Wright shakes hands with his opponent before wrestling at John Burroughs High School on Dec. 2.

Chris Bass, Staff Writer

January 26, 2017

The wrestling team is over halfway through their season with a record of 9-5, and 5-0 in their conference. The team is currently preparing for their upcoming home meet and senior night, Feb. 2.

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