St. George go at it again
Roth, Democrat and Chronicle
(February 24, 1984) -Spencerport wrestler John Suhr knows Brockport's
Phil St. George is waiting. St. George knows Suhr is out there.
really want to beat him," St. George says, "for all the times
he's beaten me."
this were All-Star wrestling, the kind you see on television, Suhr and
St. George would be trading insults in front of the camera. Thankfully
this is the world of high school wrestling, where respect for opponent
goes far as skill and muscle.
the setting for tomorrow's Section 5 Super Sectional state qualifier
at Brockport State College.
and St. George, roommates at last year's Empire State Games, should
meet in the semifinals of the 145-pound weight class. Over the last
two seasons, they've waged one of the area's best personal rivalries,
with Suhr, a senior, holding a 3-1 edge over St. George, a junior.
time we wrestle, we each know it's going to be close," Suhr says.
"Every time, its a battle.
EVERY TIME the stakes have been high.
year, Suhr beat St. George 4-3 in the finals of the 145 pound Class
A sectional tournament, then beat him 4-0 in overtime in the state qualifier.
year, St. George bear Suhr 2-0 in Brockport's 38-12 win over Spencerport,
the dual meet that is annually for County West championship.
week, however, Suhr once again edged St. George (6-5) for the Class
A sectional crown.
it's time for Round 5.
a clash of guys who don't lose to often (Suhr, 24-2, St.George, 31-4-1).
That they are from rival schools only adds to the flame. And tomorrow,
only the winner advances to next weekend's state meet in Syracuse.
now is when it really counts," St. George says. "He beat me
last week. I have to come back and prove myself."
whose only loss in a 30-1 season a year ago was in the state finals,
is ready. He has watched a tape of his loss to St. George countless
times. He's trained hard for the "young buck."
way he wrestles it's tough to score points on him," says Suhr who
added that losing to St. George has made him more mentally tough. "I
have to go out and be super aggressive and get a lead right away...
If I let up a second, I'll get caught."
George is a matchup of conflicting styles.
don't see their styles as similar," Brockport Coach Jeff Brown
says. "They're both extremely competitive and both have their sights
on the state tournament. So when they wrestle, they go the full six
minutes. They don't take each other lightly."
George worries Spencerprot Coach Bill Jacoutot
George's style offsets John's," he says. "Whatever he does,
he does well against John. And he always seems to get up for John."
As a senior,
yet alone a returning state runner-up, the pressure to win is on Suhr.
He says he can't wrestle to "loose" like last year.
year I had more freedom," days Suhr whose other loss this year
was to Pennsylvania state champ Tom Allen of Erie Tech. "I wasn't
expected to do great. I could just go out and wrestle with the pressure."