This season, the edge usually went to Von Egidy
by Aaron Garcia
Last season, Piedmont wrestler Parker Von Egidy finished with an impressive 61-1 record and a Class 2A state title in the 152-pound division as just a sophomore. Because of that, Von Egidy said he realized this season wouldn’t be judged by whether or not he won but how he won.
“I knew every kid, every time I went out there, knew who I was, so they were going to try their hardest to have that match where they could prove themselves,” said Von Egidy. “I wasn’t really worried about losing; I was worried about winning by just a little. If I won by just a little bit, people would doubt me or question how good I was. There was a lot of pressure there.”
Not that he minded. In fact, the junior seemed to revel in it. Von Egidy, Union County Weekly’s 2011-12 Wrestler of the Year, recorded a 58-1 mark this season and won his second consecutive individual state title, this time in the 170-pound weight class. He also collected the Most Outstanding Wrestler awards at both the state meet and for the Rocky River 1A/2A conference.
And there was substance with his sizzle. Von Egidy collected 28 pins and nine technical falls, which occurs when a wrestler gains a 15-point advantage during a match.
The success seemed to be contagious, as the Panthers also claimed the Class 2A dual-team state title.
And his stats could’ve been even better, said coach Todd Stokes, and not just because of the eight forfeits Von Egidy collected this season when opponents chose not to enter a 170-pound competitor.
“Sometimes, against lesser opponents, we (the coaches) would tell him, ‘Don’t pin him in 30 seconds – work some stuff,’” Stokes said. “‘Get some takedowns, do some things like that and keep yourself active and involved.’”
While Von Egidy wasn’t keen on handing out moral victories himself, he received one in early February during his lone loss of the season to Trinity Wheatmore’s Jesse Doyle, a nationally recognized senior with a wrestling scholarship to perennial power Iowa State. Von Egidy moved up to the 182-pound weight class to wrestle Doyle and suffered a narrow one-point loss.
And as his opponents had done all season, Von Egidy measured his performance not by the outcome, but how he thought he stacked up to the best.
And he had to be pleased.
“It was good to have a match where we were going back and forth,” Von Egidy continued. “I needed that.”