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Senior Brayden Eddy knocks out football to pursue wrestling

Senior Brayden Eddy knocks out football to pursue wrestling

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

Sophomore Paige Wehrmeister develops wrestling skills at National Championships

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

#WrestleLikeAGirl: breaking boundaries and winning medals

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

Sophomore Emma Carter pins down success

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

Freshman Paige Wehrmeister finds her strength in wrestling

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

Wrestling team revives their history through a champions board

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

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

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

Wrestling team prepares for senior night

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.

Junior Kayla Bell joins the wrestling team

Junior Kayla Bell joins the wrestling team

Ellie Widowski, News Writer

December 21, 2016

Traditionally in high school sports, co-ed teams are not common. Wrestling is usually known as a boy’s sport, but it is also open for girls to join. Although it is open to girls, it is rare for girls to be a part of a high school wrestling team. Junior Kayla Bell joined the wrestling team as the team...

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