Wrestlers earn Individual Conference Titles!

Stella Harrington, intrepid reporter

Three St. Joseph Catholic Academy wrestlers achieved all-conference status by placing at the recent conference meet.

Brendan Rafferty went 3-2 on the day and was named conference champion. Noah Davis finished 3-2, good for fourth place in the conference while senior Benjamin Franklin fought his way through to place third. 

It was an exciting day filled with hard work and angst as each wrestler stood by ready to represent their school. All throughout the weight classes, wrestlers battled it out, fighting to be the 2020 conference champ, knowing regionals was just a week away.

The first person to wrestle for St. Joe’s was Charlie Anderson, it was a nail-biter all the way through as he came just short of winning the first bout of the day. 

In the 138-pound weight class, senior Ben Franklin wrestled for a straight 6 minutes and bested his opponent 12-4. It was an exciting match and it only seemed to light a fire underneath the rest of the team as the day went on.

 As the weight classes battled, senior 160-pounder Brendan Rafferty knew a win for the team would be beneficial not only for team points but mentally as well. He pinned his opponent in 15 seconds and later secured the conference title. He improved to 20-14 on the season. 

Another wrestler who did exceedingly well was Noah Davis. After losing his first match he did not get discouraged and wrestled back to finish with a solid record of 3-2, placing 5th overall in the 126-pound weight class.

All in all, it was a fantastic day filled with hardwork and dedication to the craft of wrestling. A conference tournament for the books. Rafferty said it best, “Wrestling is such a wonderful sport because it teaches you the value of hard work, along with everlasting friendships you’ve created with your teammates through sacrifice.” 

This upcoming weekend, the boys will be traveling to compete in the annual regional tournament. Come out on Saturday to Parkview High School to support the team and cheer them on as they compete for the right to advance to the state tournament.