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St. John’s celebrates banner year on the wrestling mat

March 26, 2019

The St. John’s wrestling team earned its sixth Southwest Preparatory Conference in seven years this season, continuing to reign atop the league.

Ken Matsunaga (106-pound class), Wyatt Cyprow (120), Thomas Grannen (126), Oliver Magdol (132), Sebastian Jimenez (145), Michael Daichman (152), Thomas Chang (160) and Roman Lewis (285) all won SPC gold medals as the Mavericks scored 258 points.

Episcopal brought runner-up honors back to Houston with 142 points, highlighted by championships from Lane McCool (113), Duncan Lamme (138) and Jack Podsednick (195).

The Knights challenged St. John’s in a few brackets but could not keep pace with a squad that checked all the boxes this year on an ambitious list of goals.

“We had to prove ourselves at the SPC level, but now we expect to win SPC,” St. John’s coach Alan Paul said. “It’s also about the state and national level.”

By the time their season was complete, the Mavericks held a No. 1 ranking according to Wrestling Texas, as well as the Texas Prep State Championship.

More significantly, they achieved their first Texas State Duals Championship title and their first National Prep All-Americans.

St. John’s finished as Texas duals runner-up three consecutive years, intent on breaking that streak in January. The Mavericks defeated Dallas St. Mark’s, Episcopal School of Dallas, St. Thomas and McKinney Christian to reach the tournament final.

Daichman, Chang, Malcolm Sturgis, Lewis, Matsunaga and Grannen all won their matches in a 43-30 victory against Dallas Bishop Lynch. A key match was Fernelius’ stunning reversal for a pin, when it seemed six points were headed the other way.

“It means a lot that we’ve achieved everything we can achieve in Texas,” Fernelius said before nationals. “This puts us on notice at the national level.”

St. John’s finally reached the nation’s elite eight in two brackets as Fernelius and fellow senior Lewis earned All-American status.

Fernelius took fifth in the 220 bracket Feb. 22-23 at Lehigh University, winning four of six matches including two pins. Lewis had similar success in the 285 division, finishing seventh. Jimenez picked up two wins in the 138 bracket.

It put an exclamation point on a stellar season for St. John’s.

SPC WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

(Top four in each class)

ST. JOHN’S

Ken Matsunaga, 1st, 106

Ishan Shah, 2nd, 113

Wyatt Cyprow, 1st, 120

Thomas Grannen, 1st, 126

Oliver Magdol, 1st, 132

Bobby Hlavinka, 2nd, 138

Sebastian Jimenez, 1st, 145

Michael Daichman, 1st, 152

Thomas Chang, 1st, 160

John Perdue, 3rd, 170

Jack Curtin, 3rd, 182

Malcolm Sturgis, 2nd, 195

Harrison Fernelius, 2nd, 220

Roman Lewis, 1st, 285

EPISCOPAL

Davis Bell, 3rd, 106

Lane McCool, 1st, 113

Gregory Ross, 2nd, 120

Will Adkins, 4th, 126

Duncan Lamme, 1st, 138

Paul McGarry, 2nd, 160

Quinn Charlton, 4th, 170

Christian Husted, 4th, 182

Jack Podsednik, 1st, 195

James Ogunrin, 3rd, 220

Patrick Bayouth, 2nd, 285

KINKAID

John Richards, 4th, 106