The third and final day of the Class 4 wrestling tournament in Columbia last weekend ended up being the perfect end to the senior seasons of Francis Howell wrestlers, Peter Enos and Jack Flynn.
Enos won the state championship at 152 pounds; Flynn won the 195-pound championship.
Francis Howell, which started the season looking to replace five state medalists and deemed to be in a “rebuilding season,” finished a respectable eighth place in the tournament. Francis Howell Central finished ninth in the tournament.
“I was really happy (with our finish)” Francis Howell coach Kevin Stroh said. “Coming into this year, with five state medalists gone from last year, that would kind of be a rebuilding year and to get to state and have two state champions, a fifth-placer and finish eighth, we’re really, really happy with the year.”
Enos picked up the Vikings first championship as he dominated and never lost control in defeating Lebanon’s Trevor Christian.
A two-time state winner that transferred in from Nevada last summer, Enos gave the Vikings confidence and leadership in helping Howell win the Class 4, District 2 title and secure a top 10 finish at state.
Enos finished his senior season at 49-2.
“It was really good finishing as a three-time state champ. I’m really pleased with the process and how the whole thing has come together,” Enos said. “Coach Stroh, I really look up to him as a father figure and Coach Sampro as a father figure. They have helped me so much in not only wrestling but with my search for colleges and things away from wrestling.”
Flynn, who is headed to Missouri this fall, finished his career with four straight medals and put the final exclamation point on a perfect [47-0] season with a shutout victory [3-0] over Zach Hazen, of Blue Springs.
The win was sweet redemption for Flynn, who finished second in 2017.
“It’s a great feeling because it shows me that all my hard work throughout the past four years has paid off finally with my past three seasons not ending exactly the way I wanted them to end,” Flynn said. “Finally, my senior year I got that state title, so it’s a great feeling.”
It was also a great day for Howell sophomore Josh Kyle.
Kyle, wrestling in his first state meet, finished in fifth place at 113 pounds. Kyle ended his sophomore season with a 38-13 record.
“What makes Josh’s place so special is I wrestled with his dad [Alex],” Stroh said. “To coach somebody’son who I wrestled with – and Josh is a Viking through and through, his mom and dad graduated from Howell – so I’m really happy for him.”