By Chris Parker
Parkview wrestling will enters William Ressel’s fourth season as head coach having to replace its lone state qualifier in the graduated Kenyen Keiber.
“We are going to miss having Kenyen. He was the anchor of our team in duals and tournaments,” Ressel said. “I got to coach Kenyen for three years and see him grow to be the all-time leader in single season wins and career wins at Parkview. His name is on the wrestling wall of fame at Parkview several time and those records will probably stand for a long time.”
Two 20-win wrestlers in Ethan Fulfer and Noah Farrales return for their senior seasons. Fulfer is a light to middle weight and Farrales is a middle to upper weight wrestler.
“Ethan is a very easy going student. He can get mad or upset, but has never blown up or yelled at a coach, teacher, or other student. I can always truth Ethan cool, clam, and collected. Even when things are going bad, I can trust Ethan to keep a leveled head,” Ressl said. “Noah is the hardest worker in the room. He is always trying to find ways to push himself and his teammates. As coach Jenkins at Evangel once said ‘If your hardest worker is your best player, then you are going to have good team.’.”
Nick Litchy has had a good off-season and will be asked to step up at 285 pounds this year and help be an anchor for the team. Junior Lamar got experience as a freshman and will wrestle in the 126-145 pound range as a sophomore.
Rose Le (sophomore/103-110) and Meghanne Lavilette (junior/136-141) are two key wrestlers to watch for the girls team. Both are second-year wrestlers.
“I tell our kids every year, we are the toughest group at Parkview and tougher than most of teams. We roll out our mats every day and roll them up at the end of every practice. Then clean and set up the cafeteria for the next day. Almost every other program around Springfield has a wrestling room or somewhere they can leave there mats down. We also host more events and larger events than any other program. This means to be a Parkview wrestler you are going to do work on the mat and off of the mat. Our core group of wrestlers show up every day knowing they are going to have to do work. Other schools get away with just showing up for practice and then leaving,” Ressel said.
Parkview will host the 52nd Kinloch Classice on Jan. 3-4 this year.