Like father, like son

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 2/16/22

High school wrestling fans got to witness the above saying play out Saturday during the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Class 2, District 1 Wrestling Tournament at Sullivan …

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Like father, like son

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High school wrestling fans got to witness the above saying play out Saturday during the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Class 2, District 1 Wrestling Tournament at Sullivan High School.

Owensville High School wrestling history buffs know that Jason Roach was the program’s first state qualifier back in 1995.

“Jason was a lot of fun to coach and he was always a great representative of oWensville High School,” former OHS head wrestling coach John Daniels said. “Jason was a great kid and a tremendous athlete. Wrestling gave him a chance to show off that athleticism.”

Daniels is now the high school principal in the De Soto School District.

Fast forward 27 years later to Saturday.

Jason’s freshman son Conner put himself in excellent position to join his dad as a fellow state qualifier by earning the top seed at 120 pounds.

After winning his semifinal match by technical fall over Kennett’s Gavin Patterson, Conner and Jason Roach cemented their place in OHS wrestling history becoming the first father-son duo to both qualify for state.

“I could not be anymore proud of Conner and what he has accomplished,” current OHS head wrestling coach Dustin Howard said. “It was awesome to be able to witness history here at districts and we can only hope more is made next weekend at state.

A Four Rivers Conference (FRC) championship like his father, Conner nearly joined his dad as a district champion.

Dropping a 7-5 overtime decision to Tony Valentine (St. Mary’s), Conner will look to add a state medal to cap what has been an outstanding freshman season.

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