TWO FORMER MOBERLY STATE WRESTLING CHAMPIONS HAVE ME FIRED UP

I want to get this blog posted before the start of the MSHSAA State Wrestling Championships and the NCAA Wrestling Championships next month, so when I’m correct you can actually think I know a thing or two about sports. Actually, it’s more to celebrate Moberly Spartans wrestling that is being represented by two young coaches that are doing a great job. I predict that Charlie Gibbs’ Moberly Spartans will bring home a team trophy this weekend and the Missouri Tigers, assisted by Moberly graduate Alex Clemsen, will bring home another team trophy.

Okay, I’m no wrestling expert. We didn’t have the sport at Scotland County and my experience was one venture into Iowa as an extension of our Physical Education program (I went 1-2, so I didn’t come up empty). But, as a talk show host, I love interviewing both former Moberly state champions. Ten minutes on the air with coach Clemsen and coach Gibbs and I’m ready to put on the singlet and try for a takedown. There is a brashness to both, but I think you have to have that in this sport maybe more than any other, and the grapplers they lead have to feed off of it. Last week on Magic City Sports Talk, Gibbs told me he expected to get all 12 of his Spartans through to state and the Spartans proceeded to win the district team championship and get all 12 on to the big stage at Mizzou Arena. The 2006 State Champion still mixes it up in the wrestling room with his team. Clemsen, who won three Missouri State Championships during prep career at Moberly, may be the most confident athlete I’ve ever covered at the local high school level. Whether wrestling fan or not, every True Son of Old Mizzou has to be proud of this program that is now a fixture in the NCAA top 10 and victories in recent years at traditional powers Iowa and Oklahoma State, just to name a few.

They’ve got me fired up. Why stop with a team trophy. I can see a day when coach Gibbs leads a Moberly team to a State Championship and coach Clemsen is part of leading Mizzou Tigerstyle wrestling to a National Championship. Well done Mobtown Wrestling!

Brad Boyer