Five Trojans place in Centerville
CENTERVILLE — Six Fairfield wrestlers made the early-morning jaunt to Centerville Saturday, and out of those six, five placed at the Big Red Invitational.
The Trojans received runner-up finishes from ranked seniors Seth Davisson and Jake Mineart. Aaron Gevock claimed third, Ammon Shaner ended up fourth and Bryce Lunsford placed fifth for Fairfield.
The five placings helped Fairfield finish in a tie for 11th place with 77 points. Creston earned the team title in the packed 16-squad field with 201.5 points, Bondurant was a distant second at 159.5 and Lee’s Summit West came in third place with 155 points.
“Every single one of the five who placed had one great match Saturday, so we’re seeing progress,” said Fairfield’s second-year head coach Steve Miller. “There’s not a whole lot of easy matches at Centerville. If you’re not ready to go, you’re going to be sitting with the spectators after two matches.”
Mineart, who Miller felt had the toughest slate of any Fairfield wrestler, kicked it off with a pin against Clarinda’s Brook Stephens and 3-2 decision over Hunter Girling of Bondurant-Farrar. The Class 2A 10th-ranked senior pulled off an upset against Class 3A second-ranked Ryan Maas of Iowa City High in the semifinal round, winning with a 6-4 decision, before falling to Class 2A fifth-ranked Blake Glenn of Winterset in sudden-death overtime.
“He wrestled as good as I’ve ever seen him wrestle. You can see his confidence rising even during each match, and that’s neat to see as a coach,” Miller said. “It was really exciting to see him perform on that level.”
Mineart scored 20 points for the Trojans at 220 pounds, and Davisson chipped in 19 points with his own run to the 170-pound championship round. Davisson, ranked fourth in Class 2A, earned a 6-4 decision over Ottumwa’s Isaiah Cox, then won by 13-3 major decision over Aric Laudwig of Kirksville in the semifinals. He dropped an 8-3 decision to Class 2A fifth-ranked wrestler Aaron Crossett of Knoxville in the championship round.
“Seth is a natural — there’s no doubt about that — but we’ve got to take that good, natural ability and perfect it,” said Miller. “He’s going to have to put a little more money in the bank if he wants to place at state.”
At 145 pounds, Gevock earned 16 points with his run to the third-place finals match, where he won a 12-9 decision over Pella’s Jake Speltz. The senior Trojan also pinned Wyman Reed of Central Decatur and fought off Zac Howell of Columbus for a 9-2 win.
Shaner, Fairfield’s 138-pounder, also made the third-place consolation round but settled for fourth place with 14 points. Shaner opened the day with back-to-back wins over Centerville’s Taylor Micetich and Chariton’s Tyler Nance before falling to three-time state champion Jake Marlin of Creston Orient-Macksburg in the third round. He bounced back with a 9-4 decision against Kieran Robuck of Knoxville, then fell to Bondurant-Farrar’s Alan Perry in the finals match.
“Both Aaron and Ammon have unbelievable talent and heart, but what they’re lacking right now is confidence,” Miller said. “These two are quick and strong, but that’s only 10 percent of it. 90 percent of it is thinking they are that good, and they are. They just need to believe it.”
Also for Fairfield, Lunsford earned a forfeit and later won an 11-4 decision over Columbus’ Javier Diaz in the fifth-place consolation match.
With the state tournament still a month away, Miller feels his team is still scheduled to peak at the right time.
“We beat some quality opponents, lost to some quality opponents, but we’re not peaking yet,” he said. “That’s a good thing. Our guys still have a lot left in the tank.”
The Trojans will return home for a dual with Wapello Tuesday. JV matches will kick off the meet, which also will honor Stars and Stripes wrestlers, at 6:30 p.m.
Centerville Big Red Invitational
Final Team Standings
1. Creston 201.5, 2. Bondurant-Farrar 159.5, 3. Lee’s Summit West 155, 4. Knoxville 140, 5. Ottumwa 126, 6. Clarinda 125.5, 7. Kirksville 112.5, 8. Winterset 98, 9. Centerville 95, 10. Iowa City High 81, 11. Central Decatur 77, 11. Fairfield 77, 13. Chariton 76, 14. Columbus 74, 15. Pella 43, 16. Clarinda Academy 0
Fairfield Individual Results
138 — Shaner (3-2, 4th), 145 — Gevock (4-1, 3rd), 152 — Leonard (0-2, DNP), 160 — Lunsford (3-2, 5th), 170 — Davisson (3-1, 2nd), 220 — Mineart (3-1, 2nd)
Francisco first on JV
CENTERVILLE — Fairfield’s Austin Francisco rolled off three straights win Friday evening to claim the 164-165 pound championship at the Centerville JV Tournament.
Francisco won by decision in the first two rounds, then earned a 10-1 major decision over Tony Ramos of Columbus in round three to grab the title.
Francisco was joined by runner-up teammates Derek Robinson and Max Spalla. Robinson went 2-1 at 103-104 pounds, and Spalla won by fall twice after losing his first match of the evening at 166-170.
Fairfield’s Mitchell Burnstedt and Randy Pugh both finished in third place.