Davisson, Mineart lead Fairfield grapplers in Ottumwa
OTTUMWA — Seniors Seth Davisson and Jake Mineart went the distance at the Ottumwa Invitational Saturday, helping Fairfield to a fifth-place finish in a field consisting of six larger schools.
Both wrestlers ran the table in their respective weight classes to claim tournament titles, with Davisson going 5-0 at 170 pounds and Mineart grabbing five wins at 220.
The two ranked seniors combined to score 39 of Fairfield’s 102 points. Burlington won the team title with 168.5 points, Newton was a close second at 162.5 points, and the host Bulldogs finished third with 137.
“We definitely had some breakout matches today. We saw some good competition up here, and fortunately almost everybody got five matches. That’s a lot of wrestling, and we need that right now,” said Steve Miller, Fairfield’s second-year head coach.
For Davisson, the tournament title was his third of the season and his second straight at the Ottumwa Invitational. Saturday’s five wins put the fourth-ranked (Class 2A) senior at 92 career victories.
Davisson opened the tournament pinning his first four opponents, all in 1:04 or less. He then secured the tournament title in his final match vs. Ottumwa’s Isaiah Cox, prevailing with a 4-1 decision.
“I just wanted to pin them all today, but I got four. Still, four pins is pretty good in any tournament,” Davisson said.
Mineart’s title, meanwhile, was the first of his senior season. The seventh-ranked senior buried three of his five opponents with pins, won by 18-7 major decision and wrapped up the tournament with a 9-3 decision over Devon Clark of Davenport North.
Other top performances for Fairfield included a runner-up finish from Ammon Shaner at 138 pounds, as well as third-place finishes from Aaron Gevock at 145 and Brett Scott at 182 pounds.
Shaner, a senior, rolled off four straight wins Saturday before falling in his final match to eventual champion Josh Davis of Des Moines East. Gevock finished the day with two straight wins after starting 1-2 in one of the toughest weight classes, and Scott received a pair of byes and won by fall over Ottumwa’s Skylar Genners to finish third.
Fourth-place finishes went to Fairfield’s Dalton McCarroll (120), Justin Leonard (152) and Bryce Lunsford (160). McCarroll won by fall twice in the 120-pound class, Leonard had two victories at 152 pounds, and Lunsford also went 2-3.
“They did a really good job of meeting personal goals throughout the tournament,” Miller said of his wrestlers.
The Trojans have a few days off before picking up their schedule Thursday with a home dual vs. Fort Madison.
“The Fairfield wrestling team has a long ways to go yet, but we’re making small steps in the right direction starting today,” Miller added.
Final Team Standings
1. Burlington 168.5, 2. Newton 162.5, 3. Ottumwa 137, 4. Des Moines East 133, 5. Fairfield 102, 6. Des Moines Lincoln 72, 7. Davenport North 42, 8. Ottumwa Junior Varsity 25
Fairfield Individual Results
106 — Robinson (0-5, 6th), 120 — McCarroll (2-3, 4th), 138 — Shaner (4-1, 2nd), 145 — Gevock (3-2, 3rd), 152 — Leonard (2-3, 4th), 160 — Lunsford (2-3, 4th), 170 — Davisson (5-0, 1st), 182 — Scott (1-2, 3rd), 195 — Pugh (0-5, 6th), 220 — Mineart (5-0, 1st)