The two coaches involved in the battle for the team championship of the 19th Annual Johnson County Classic know each other very well.
By CHARLES REDFIELD
Special to The Star
Third-year Blue Valley Southwest won its first Johnson County Classic title with 231 points, just 2.5 points ahead of Blue Valley West.
And third-year Timberwolves coach Cody Parks was an assistant to BV West coach Randy Lowe for seven years before moving to BV Southwest when the school opened in the fall of 2010.
“This is great for a new school to do so well,” Parks said. “As the day went along we gained confidence.”
The Timberwolves won the tile without winning an individual championship.
The tournament attracted all the Johnson County schools that have wrestling except St. James Academy. There were 21 schools at the event.
Parks pointed to the victory by freshman Marty Verhaeghe for fifth place at 106. He beat Michael Aldrich of Shawnee Mission East 10-7.
“He beat a guy who beat him earlier,” Parks said. “He got us started.”
One of the key bouts was for third-place at 195. It matched junior TJ Martin of BV Southwest against BV West junior Ahmad Qarini.
Martin got an early takedown and three-point near fall and took a 5-0 advantage. He held on for a 7-4 victory that gave the Timberwolves 231 points.
BV West senior Nadir Zayyad won a decision over BV Northwest senior Don Fowler 9-3 at 285 in the last weight class.
“This is the best finish we have ever had,” Lowe said. “I’m happy for Coach Parks for getting the title.
“We have a good senior class, and they wrestled well for us. We did well individually and as a team.”
Defending champion St. Thomas Aquinas placed third with 223 points.
The Saints had three individual champions.
Juniors Luke Henes and Zack Hoskins won at 132 and 152 by decision.
Sophomore Isaac Dulgarian continued his unbeaten season by beating SM South senior Reis Humphrey 11-7 at 145.