Chaminade wrestler pushes hard even in the off-season

Danny Conley recently made history for the Chaminade wrestling team, winning the program’s first state championship. Conley won the 220-pound Class 4 state championship.

After making history at Chaminade College Preparatory School, Danny Conley began preparations for the next high school wrestling season as soon as the last one ended in February.

The off-season is no time to rest in his quest for improvement, which comes as no surprise to Chaminade coach Todd Schumacher.

"To be the best at what you do in life or work or whatever, you always have to think about what more you can do," Schumacher said. "Danny's a guy who's always thinking about what else he can do to get better."

CBC’s wrestling program is on solid footing

Five Christian Brothers College High School wrestlers won medals at MSHSAA state championships. From the left are Kyle Prewitt, Cevion Severado, DJ Shannon, Josh Saunders and Malik Johnson.

Hard work personifies the wrestling program at Christian Brothers College High School, where five state medalists, including three state champions, led the team to a second-place finish overall at the Missouri Class 4 tournament.

All five have at least another year of eligibility. Last season, the team finished eighth.

Head coach Cornell Robinson is looking forward to next season, but his delight in the efforts of his wrestlers this season, which concluded Feb. 18, is obvious. "It's a good stepping stone to where we need to be, but I was proud of the kids overall," he said.

New name pinned on Priory wrestlers: Metro League champs


St. Louis Priory High School's wrestling team came into the season under the radar. Now though, they're known as the Metro League champions.

The team placed second at the John Burroughs tournament, third at a highly competitive St. Clair Tournament and first at its own Priory Tournament.

Winning the league was one of the goals of senior co-captain Zachary Warr.

De Smet wrestlers prove they're 'Spartan tough'

De Smet Jesuit High School wrestler Cory Peterson pinned St. John Vianney High School’s Drew Doran in the first period of their match on Jan. 12. De Smet Jesuit beat Vianney 39-26 for the Spartans’ first victory in five years over their rival.

The stability of a simple wrestling stance has helped put the De Smet Jesuit High School wrestling program on solid footing.

When Colby Robinson became head coach three years ago, he inherited only a handful of wrestlers and needed to recruit new ones quickly. So, at freshmen orientation, he asked students to get into a wrestling stance, then told them that each one could be a wrestler.

"That sparked an interest," he said. "I walked the halls and invited the kids. I don't think there was one kid in the school I didn't ask."

Faithful Fan | Dropping wrestling from the Olympics would be a shame

Wrestling will be dropped as an Olympic sport starting in 2020 if a decision by the International Olympic Committee holds.

The committee voted last month to drop wrestling from the list of 25 core sports, allowing it to add one more sport, such as sport climbing, wakeboarding or karate.

If wrestling is dropped, it will be a shame. Wrestling is recognized as the world's oldest competitive sport. According to a history of the sport on the Olympics website, it was introduced into the ancient Olympics in 708 B.C., shortly after the games' recorded history began.

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