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When it comes to wrestling programs in Texas, it doesn’t get much more prestigious than St. John’s School.

The Houston, Texas-based private school has a rich history that includes seven Southwest Preparatory Conference (SPC) championships, four State Preparatory Championships and three Preparatory State Dual Championships – including the recent 2022 Texas State Duals held January 21-22. And the Mavericks aren’t done yet. In fact, they’re hungry to add even more hardware to the school’s athletic trophy case in the next few weeks.

Led by five senior captains and 16th-year head coach Alan Paul, the Mavericks are poised to make another run at the State Preparatory Championship, which would be the program’s fourth consecutive State Title.

Having Fun

So with St. John’s rich program history and high expectations each year, you might wonder what makes this 2021-22 team so special. According to Coach Paul, it’s the chemistry, work ethic and how much fun they have when they’re in the gym practicing and competing together.

“We’ve just got a bunch of great dudes this year,” Coach Paul says. “They have a ton of fun, maybe more so than any other team I’ve had since I started coaching here. It’s contagious – seeing them having fun and happy just makes myself and the rest of the coaches happy.”

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