Fairfield wrestlers drop two duals in return
KEOKUK — A total of seven points — or a few bonus points here and there — was the difference between a pair of wins and a couple losses for the Fairfield wrestling team Thursday.
The Trojans, who were coming off a three-point loss to Oskaloosa before the holiday break, once again struggled to close out their opponent. The Trojans fell to Mid-Prairie 36-33 and then dropped their second dual to Keokuk 31-27. The losses dropped Fairfield to 3-4 in duals this season.
“We had some highs today, and we definitely had some lows,” said Fairfield head coach Steve Miller. “It came down to bonus points again, and it came down to a winning mentality again. Either you’re going to fight or you’re OK with losing, and we have some guys who are still struggling with that.”
Despite the disappointment, Miller still pointed to several positives following the double-dual.
Seniors Ammon Shaner, Aaron Gevock and Seth Davisson combined to go 6-0 on the day. Davisson and Shaner earned a pair of pins at 138 and 170 pounds, respectively, and Gevock won by pin and 15-6 major decision at 145.
225-pound senior Jake Mineart went 1-1 with one win by fall, but he moved up to heavyweight to take on seventh-ranked (Class 3A) Alex Goss of Keokuk, who he lost to 7-3. Bryce Lunsford went 2-0 on the day earning a 12-1 major decision and 1-0 decision at 160, while Dalton McCarroll won by 12-4 major decision and earned a forfeit at 120.
“Bryce wrestled the best he’s wrestled all year long, and Dalton had a really good match,” said Miller.
Fairfield junior Justin Leonard also earned a 3-0 decision at 152 pounds in the dual with Keokuk.
The two dual losses left Miller searching for answers. The second-year coach said his team was better than the two opponents on paper.
“We can’t make losing acceptable. Sometimes it seems like the losses bother the coaching staff more than the wrestlers themselves, and I can’t understand that,” Miller said. “There was no way we should’ve lost to these two teams tonight, and I’m not a ‘coulda, shoulda, woulda guy.’ I don’t say that often.”
Fairfield will be back in action Saturday at a tournament in Ottumwa.
Keokuk 31, Fairfield 27
106 — Hawkins (K) maj. dec. Robinson (FF) 9-0; 113 — Hughes (K) win by fall vs. Burnstedt (FF); 120 — McCarroll (FF) maj. dec. vs. James (K) 12-4; 126 — Profeta (K) forfeit; 132 — Bitting (K) forfeit; 138 — Shaner (FF) win by fall vs. Sonnenburg (K); 145 — Gevock (FF) maj. dec. vs. Elkin (K) 15-5; 152 — Leonard (FF) dec. vs. Meek (K) 3-0; 160 — Lunsford (FF) maj. dec. vs. Winkler (K) 12-1; 170 — Davisson (FF) win by fall vs. Alberts (K); 182 — Shaw (K) dec. vs. Scott (FF) 5-0; 195 — Seitz (K) dec. vs. Pugh (FF) 5-1; 220 — open; 285 — Goss (K) dec. vs. Mineart (FF) 7-3
*Meet started at 182
Mid-Prairie 36, Fairfield 33
106 — Errthum (MP) win by fall vs. Robinson (FF); 113 — Murphy (MP) win by fall vs. Burnstedt (FF); 120 — McCarroll (FF) forfeit; 126 — Horning (MP) forfeit; 132 — open; 138 — Shaner (FF) win by fall vs. Bontrager (MP); 145 — Gevock (FF) win by fall vs. Adrian (MP); 152 — Sanchez (MP) win by fall vs. Leonard (FF); 160 — Lunsford (FF) dec. Tolander (MP) 1-0; 170 — Davisson (FF) win by fall vs. Baylor (MP); 182 — P. Peterschmidt (MP) win by fall vs. Francisco (FF); 195 — N. Peterschmidt (MP) win by fall vs. Pugh (FF); 220 — Mineart (FF) win by fall vs. Fiordalise (MP); 285 — open.
*Meet started at 195