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Jackson wrestling sets JV state record 24 years in the making

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Jackson JV wrestling now holds the unofficial Missouri state high school record for most consecutive dual meet match wins.

For the last time Jackson JV wrestling lost a dual meet match you have to go back to 1991.

Jackson beat Valle Catholic 85-0 on Thursday, Dec. 10 to mark consecutive win number 224.

"Once we got to 100 we thought that was a big achievement,” Head Coach Steve Wachter said. “We of course never thought it would go this long."

The coach's secret to success?

"There's a lot of people that are part of the record."

Wachter said the record reflects the success of all the wrestlers, their parents and his coaching staff.

"He's a great friend,” Jackson Assistant Coach Jerry Golden said. “He started coaching my first year when I was in high school."

Golden wrestled for and now coaches alongside Wachter.

"I've been coaching for 25 years and I still learn stuff from him everyday,” Golden said. “He's just a great person to follow."

Generations of families have grown up and looked up to him.

"He was fair and he also could be hard on you if he had to," an ’85 Jackson grad and former wrestler, Kevin Welker, said.

Welker’s son now wrestles for Wachter’s JV team.

"I learned a lot of new moves, go to camps with him in summer, I learned a lot," sophomore Cole Welker said.

His years at the helm may be drawing to a close, but Coach Wachter can look back and know he’s left a lasting legacy.

"People will say it's JV but it's important to our team and our tradition," Wachter said.

Mike Jeffries from Jefferson City (Helias) held the previous record for consecutive dual meet match wins at 223. 

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