Fairfield wrestling kicks off seasonTrojans defeat Centerville, fall to Davis County
Mitchell Taglauer was in trouble.
His opponent was on top of him, holding him down and near a victory. The referee got in position to make the call, and soon was down on the floor near the two grapplers. At the last second, Taglauer flipped his opponent. His teammates exploded off the bench and began yelling at the mat. Taglauer, much to the chagrin of Centerville coach Anthony White, was declared the winner when he pinned Zach Houser.
The Trojans got the night started off right with a team victory over Centerville by the score of 54-18. This was Fairfield’s first home meet and first overall meet of the season.
Shortly after Taglauer’s victory, Austin Francisco and Bryce Lunsford each earned victories as well. Senior Brett Scott wrestled up from his 220-weight class and competed against Centerville’s Evan Hall, who is in the 285-pound division. Scott pinned his opponent at the 2:28 mark.
During Scott’s second bout, this time against Davis County, he seemed to hurt his shoulder. Scott was wrestling up a weight class again, so it only made his match tougher. He injured his shoulder during football season and it has nagged him ever since. He did not win this bout, but it went to a decision by the referee. Scott says his shoulder is nothing to worry about, and neither are the bigger guys he’ll have to face this season.
“Coach told me that my weight is 220, but if he needed to bump me up, he knew I could wrestle heavyweight,” Scott said. “Conditioning is everything, and during the second match I ran out of gas. And my shoulder is hurt from football, but it should be nothing. It just needs a lot of ice and a lot of heat.”
Fairfield coach Steve Miller is proud of his senior’s grit.
“We ask him to do a lot,” Miller said. “He got worn out there toward the end of the second match but he did everything he could. I’m very pleased with Brett’s effort. He did what the team asked him to do to try and win a dual meet.”
Davis County finished ahead of Fairfield by the score of 43-36.
Fairfield didn’t have the wrestlers to cover the 113, 138, 145 or at 285. Miller was moving around his players to cover as many weight classes as possible. Davis County switched around some of its personnel to counteract that, resulting in multiple forfeits by both teams toward the end as they each tried to get points.
“For a young team and with the open weights, I was very pleased with how we performed tonight,” Miller said. “We outmatched Centerville and all the guys tried their hardest and finished their matches. I’m just excited about where the season is headed.”
Francisco, Michael Fritz and Max Spalla all earned victories against Davis County.
Keokuk was also at the meet but didn’t face off against Fairfield. The Chiefs defeated Centerville 72-3 and beat Davis County 60-18.
Fairfield travels Saturday to West Delaware.