Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bulldogs Hang Tough in Dual Loss to Powerhouse Visitor Jefferson City

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bulldogs Hang Tough in Dual Loss to Powerhouse Visitor Jefferson City

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John Spires, the Fort Zumwalt South wrestling coach, was hoping for more.

"Going in, we knew it'd be tough," Spires said of Friday's dual against visiting Jefferson City. "We lost 38-25, but there were three matches that really could've gone either way. And all three went against us. If we could've turned those matches around, things might've turned out differently."

The highlight of the dual, oddly enough, may have been a Zumwalt South loss. At 152, sophomore Erick Todd fell 13-6 to the Jays' Jesse Jordan, a Class 4A state champion at 140 a year ago. "Jordan's one of the best in the state and Erick really battled him," Spires said. "The match was extremely tight, but Jordan got a takedown and a near-fall late in the third period to break it open. Even though it was a loss, I think it was a real confidence-booster for Erick; I think he realizes now that he's capable of wrestling with anyone in the state." South's winners in the dual were: Paul Kircher (forfeit at 103); Mike Kelly (forfeit at 125), Brad Talley (pin in 1 minute, 58 seconds at 130); Mike Foley (6-3 victory at 135); and Brian Meyers (15-5 victory at 140). "It was nice to get back into the swing of things," Spires said of the first competition after the holiday break. The Bulldogs are scheduled to return to action tonight, playing host to Pattonville. South will play host to Francis Howell North Thursday. Despite competing without starters Brian Kos and Lance Wilson, St. Charles West beat Farmington 40-33 Friday. West is the two-time defending champion in Class 3A. Farmington was third in 3A at state last year. "Farmington's a solid team," West coach Craig Martin said. "They have T.J. Hill and he's an animal. He's a two-time national champion who finished fifth in the world last year. He's as good as it gets. "T.J.'s a natural 103-pounder, but he's 112 to find some more competition. …

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