By Steven Kochersperger
The Mount Vernon Wildcat wrestling team came into Saturday’s Big Eight Championships believing they had all the pieces to put together a title. The Cats had been wrestling great up to that point and all around the program knew that if anyone was going to give them a run it would be the always tough Jasper team. And when Mount Vernon sent six wrestlers into the championship rounds on Saturday they were set up to win the Big Eight. That would not happen though as the Mount Vernon team lost four of its six championship matches to end up second in the Big Eight heading into this week’s sectional at Castle High School.
“It is not what we anticipated but we have to just take it as a learning experience,” coach Tim Alcorn said. “We had a chance to see what sectionals will be like, format wise, and all of our guys have to understand that they have to wrestle all day long to be successful. I think we are as ready as we can be for sectionals and think this team can still do something special.”
Mount Vernon had two wrestlers that ended their days as Conference champions. The first of those is freshman standout Paul Konrath in the 106 pound weight class. Konrath, who is still ranked atop the state polls, made easy work of his conference opponents on Saturday as he cruised to his first Big Eight Championship. Konrath will be a force as sectionals near and should go as far as anyone would hope.
The other champion on Saturday’s conference meet was in the 120 pound weight class. Noah Keller, who has been battling and wrestling better as the year goes on, won each of his matches to win his weight class for his first conference championship as well.
Konrath and Keller were not the only ones that wrestled for a championship Saturday in Boonville though.
Julian Suar in the 132 pound class pinned several opponents to find himself wrestling in the championship rounds…
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