Longtime Mavs assistant promoted to head coach | Wrestling

Service project/fundraiser benefits Clothes for Kids
By David Pan | Dec 21, 2017
Courtesy of: Clothes for Kids The Meadowdale wrestling team donated 30 pairs of pajamas to Clothes for Kids last month. The team collected pledges for its “Pajogathon” fundraiser/service project under new head coach Josh Knowles.

Meadowdale’s new head wrestling coach has deep ties to the program.

Josh Knowles, an assistant coach for 16 years, assumed the helm of the Mavericks following the departure of former coach Brian Boardman, who is still coaching wrestling at Meadowdale Middle School. Knowles teaches math at the high school and also is the boys golf coach.

Knowles hasn’t made any major changes and instead stressed on maintaining consistency in the program.

“We do a lot of wrestling and drilling hard to get in shape,” Knowles said. “We want to be an offensive minded team. So we concentrate on mostly offensive moves and being aggressive.”

The Mavericks have 24 wrestlers out, which is about the same as last year.

Senior Ben Duong placed fifth in the 170-pound division at last season’s regional tournament and was an alternate at state. Duong took second at the district meet due to an injury default. He’s currently wrestling at 182.

Senior Aria Zarei also is another Maverick to watch for this season, Knowles said. Zarei won the 138 district crown before being eliminated from the postseason at the regional tournament.

“He’s put in a lot of work in the offseason,” Knowles said. “He’s wrestling really well now.”

A pair of sophomores also has started out the season well. Jinho Lee (120) and Alex Kruger (285) should be strong contenders later in the season. Lee won a couple of matches at the district tournament last season.

Meadowdale has opened the year 2-2 in dual meets with victories over Marysville-Getchell and Oak Harbor and losses to Kamiak and Marysville-Pilchuk. The Wesco 3A South season kicks off at Shorecrest on Thursday, Jan. 4 and follows with clashes against district rivals Lynnwood (Thursday, Jan. 11) and Edmonds-Woodway (Thursday, Jan. 18).

Knowles and the Mavericks spearheaded a new service project/fundraiser that benefited Clothes For Kids last month.

The Mavericks donated 30 sets of pajamas to the non-profit organization in Lynnwood that provides clothing to low-income students.

Meadowdale wrestlers ran on the track for an hour on Saturday, Nov. 25. Sponsors donated money per mile and the wrestling program donated pajamas in the sponsor’s name.

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