Johnston Ranked Third in 4a, Still Trying Harder

By Mitchell, Norm | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), January 4, 1995 | Go to article overview

Johnston Ranked Third in 4a, Still Trying Harder


Mitchell, Norm, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


Despite having an unbeaten record for the fifth-ranked wrestling team in the area, Wentzville High's Josh Johnston still feels the need to prove himself.

In 1993, Johnston lost a 6-5 decision in the Missouri Class 4A semifinals and finished fourth in the 103-pound weight class. Last season, Johnston again qualified for state but failed to place.

This season, he is ranked third in Class 4A with a 14-0 record. All but two of his victories have been by technical fall or major decision.

"He's a man on a mission," said Craig Martin, a former Wentzville coach who worked with Johnston. "His loss at the state tournament last season really hurt. I think he's got something to prove to himself."

On the wrestling mat, perhaps, but not in the classroom. Johnston has a 4.3 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale and has earned a full academic scholarship to Northeast Missouri State. He has four college-level classes at Wentzville.

"Josh is so much smarter at that age than I was," said his father, Steve. "He's had to overcome that nerdy stereotype at school, though. Last year, his classmates voted him `most studious.' I think that image bothers him some."

Josh Johnston said: "Finding time to study and wrestle hasn't always been easy, but my family has been supportive, and they help ensure that I have the time.

"Before I got to high school, people considered me a brainchild. It's different now because I've proved that I can compete in athletics at a high level, also."

***** Metro Mat Notes:

- The wrestling "honor roll" that appeared in last Wednesday's Post-Dispatch was not a ranking of individuals. Rather, it was a listing of some of the area's best records at each weight class. Next week, the Post-Dispatch will publish "All-Metro Individual Rankings" at each weight class. Coaches who have wrestlers worthy of consideration in the top five at any weight class should call or fax the numbers listed at the end of this column.

- Top-ranked Granite City won its holiday tournament by a wide margin, placing a wrestler at each weight, putting eight in the finals and crowning four champions. …

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