Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Business as Usual: Schatzman Marks 146th Win with Pin

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Business as Usual: Schatzman Marks 146th Win with Pin

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Scott Schatzman marked his idle time Thursday afternoon with a couple of oddities.

After weigh-ins before the 64th Missouri High School Wrestling Championships, Schatzman dined on afternoon pancakes at a local restaurant with his Parkway Central teammates. Later at the hotel, the Colts watched a movie. The matinee?

"Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

What a revolting title. Schatzman, arguably the busiest and best in Missouri high school wrestling history, can hardly entertain notions of a day off. He's too busy squaring up for takedowns, turns and pins.

It was business as usual Thursday for Schatzman, the three-time defending Missouri Class 4A champion. He is on a record-setting mission at the state meet, and Round One is completed: Schatzman pinned his first-round opponent, Hillcrest's Jason McClaflin, in 3 minutes 23 seconds. Schatzman improved his four-year record to 146-0 - 37-0 as a senior competing in the 135-pound weight class.

Schatzman is on pace to become Missouri's first undefeated, four-time state champion. He has won state titles at 103 pounds, 112 pounds and 125 pounds - all undefeated seasons.

Some day off, huh?

"The way I see it, I have three more matches and eight more years," Schatzman said, flashing a broad grin. Of course, he plans to wrestle in college - and he has dreams of competing in the Olympics some day.

For now, Schatzman is preoccupied with the state meet - and few were as dominating on Thursday. Schatzman led 12-3 before turning his opponent in the second period.

Dominant performances are nothing new for Schatzman, whose closest victory margins this season have been major decisions - wins of eight points or more.

But even Schatzman can appreciate some rest and relaxation - when it's the time and the place.

"He works every match the same way," Parkway Central coach Gene Ball said.

"He's down here to complete the job and he's ready."

Schatzman said: "You don't want to relax too much before the match. There's a time to relax and a wrestling mode."

Schatzman will be in his wrestling mode today when he meets Oakville's Dan Harris in the 135-pound quarterfinals. Harris posted a 7-6 overtime decision over Lee's Summit's Joe Potts. …

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