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The Quarantine Interviews: Sam Frankowsi

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June 25, 2020

3x state champ -> Navy -> Mizzou. After a stint at NAPS (Naval Academy Preparatory School), Frankowski has committed to the Mizzou Tigers, boosting an already impressive 4th-rated recruiting class. The projected 157/165 wrestler sits down with Derryan Derrough after a year out of high school.

The Quarantine Interviews (Because I Can’t Be Bothered to be More Creative)
By Derryan Derrough

You’ll have to excuse me if I’m biased.

Watching Sam Frankowski grow from finishing 1-2 at the state tournament his freshman year to finishing 12-0 the next three years, forces you to grow, as well. His senior year (2019), Rockwood Summit finished 5th in Class 3, the highest – by far – in school history, eight points out of a state trophy. The crazy thing about pushing to achieve something you’ve never done is an exercise in managing the unknown.

In that unknown, however, is hope. Sam Frankowski and that senior class represented hope, day in, and day out.

After a stint at NAPS (Naval Academy Preparatory School), Frankowski has committed to the Mizzou Tigers, boosting an already impressive 4th-rated recruiting class. The projected 157/165 wrestler sits down with me after a year out of high school.

African American coaches in college wrestling point of view

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June 18, 2020

Join us on Saturday, June 20th, from 5:00-6:00pm for a real discussion with African-American coaches in college wrestling and their point-of-view.

To join the live Zoom conference, please join at:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82799465635?pwd=L2dPZmI1U08yNTNiWGlONGdPNjdvZz09

Meeting ID: 827 9946 5635
Password: 7vqaDD

This discussion will be lead by CBC head coach, Cornell Robinson, the first African-American wrestling coach to win a team state championship in Missouri.

Other coaches who have tentatively scheduled to join the call include:

The Money Round

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June 15, 2020

The Quarantine Interviews: Jeremy Phillips, Neosho Head Coach

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May 7, 2020

The Quarantine Interviews (Because I Can’t Be Bothered to be More Creative)

By Derryan Derrough

This week, I sat down with Coach Jeremy Phillips, Head Coach for Class 3 powerhouse and perennial Team Champion Neosho. During his stewardship, Neosho has finished 18th, 7th, 4th (twice), 2nd (twice), & 1st (9 times).

Now, I want you to forget what you think you know about him.

During his time as an educator and coach in Neosho, Phillips has:

  • taught Elementary P.E.
  • coached Strength & Conditioning coach
  • coached Football
  • just finished his eighth year as an Elementary Assistant Principal
  • found God-knows-what time to earn a Doctorate degree last fall

At first, I was nervous to interview him. An introvert that’s talking to someone with a no-nonsense demeanor? At length? For the first time? Ever?

Let’s just see what happens.

The Quarantine Interviews: Griffin Ray

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May 7, 2020

The Quarantine Interviews (Because I Can’t Be Bothered to be More Creative)

By Derryan Derrough

Today, I sit down with one of Hillsboro’s Freshman Phenoms, Griffin Ray. A 138-pound Class 3 District 1 Champion, Griffin placed fifth, losing two matches by a combined three points. He’s one of those tall kids in a smaller weight class, presenting matchup problems – along with an Octopus-like demeanor on top. He’s definitely someone to watch, going into the 2020-2021 season.

Q: So, how’d you get here? What was your wrestling journey like?

I was 6 and they handed out a flyer at football practice. I wanted to try it.

Q: Are you more wrestler than a football player?

The Quarantine Interviews: Zach Elam (Staley/Mizzou)

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May 7, 2020

The Quarantine Interviews (Because I Can’t Be Bothered to be More Creative) featuring Zach Elam By Derryan Derrough

Today, I sat down with Zach Elam – current Mizzou Wrestler, Junior World Silver Medalist, and 3x High School State Champion from Staley, over in the KC area. I remember seeing him at one of the Mizzou summer camps. Let me tell you, I’ve never seen a skyscraper walk until I met this kid. He’s physically imposing, but he’s one of the coolest and kindest kids I’ve ever talked to.

Q: I’ve always wanted to ask you this: How tall are you?

Elam: I’m 6’4. My dad’s about 6’4, 6’5. Rocky [Elam]’s about 6’1 or 2, so we’re all pretty tall.

That’s impressive since I’m 5’3 on a really good day.

Q: Did you have to put on weight when you got to Mizzou, since you wrestled 220 your senior year of high school?

Girls: Top 25 returners

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April 28, 2020

We are two full seasons into girls wrestling in Missouri.

Missouri is moving towards the top of the nation in girls wrestling with the number of scholarships and national accolades that have been achieved.

Let’s take a dive into the top 25 returning girl wrestlers for the 2020-2021 season:

Zoom Party

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April 27, 2020

Saturday, May 2nd at 7:00pm

Let’s all hang out and talk wrestling this Saturday night at 7:00pm for a Missouri Wrestling Zoom Party. This weekend’s chat will focus on the east side of the state, specifically the St. Louis area, but everyone is invited to chat about wrestling (or lack of wrestling so far).

Coaches, parents, fans, refs – everyone is invited.  To attend, please fill out the form below and you will be emailed a link once you are confirmed.

Join us for a fun night of talking wrestling and hanging out with wrestlers, coaches and fans.

Class 3 Top 25 returners

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April 18, 2020

In Class 3 there is Neosho and everyone else, Cayden Auch will look to win his 4th MO State Title. Maybe Eli Rocha or Nathan Pulliam can bulk up to stop him.

There will also be some possible transfers of MO kids to other high schools as well, seems to be the norm now.

Class 3

1. Jacob Mann (Ladue)
2. Nathan Pulliam (Rolla)
3. Cayden Auch (Neosho)

Class 2 Top 25 returners

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April 18, 2020

Now that the 2019-2020 school year is in the books due to COVID-19, I think it is the perfect opportunity to dive into the top 25 returners in Missouri based on what Class they are in. Missouri has graduated one of the top crop of Seniors in MO history, so the young ones need to step it up if they want to join that elusive group.

In Class 2 Odessa should be the top dawg now that Monett’s Head Honcho has stepped down.ids to other high schools as well, seems to be the norm now.

Class 2

1. Gavin Gross (Odessa)
2. Sam Ewing (Pleasant Hill)
3. Harrison Merriman (Monett)