Trojan grapplers compete in WashingtonWashington and Ottumwa face Trojans
The Fairfield wrestling team journeyed Thursday to Washington to take on the Demons and the Ottumwa Bulldogs.
The Trojans endured a rough night, falling as a team to Washington 54-21 and Ottumwa 62-15. Fairfield had to forfeit 24 points in each match because of not being able to fill those certain weight classes. Those who wrestled fought hard, which is why Fairfield coach Steve Miller is proud of what he saw out of his wrestlers.
“They’re improving,” Miller said. “They may be small improvements here and there, but they’re improvements all the same. That’s exciting to see.”
Freshman Michael Fritz (170) started off Fairfield’s match against Washington with a victory by decision over Karlton Skubal, putting Fairfield ahead 3-0 on the scoreboard. Senior Austin Francisco (182) followed Fritz with a victory by pin and Brett Scott (220) won by forfeit. The match culminated with Bryce Lunsford (160) defeating Washington’s Austin Latcham by pinning him. Latcham defeated Lunsford last year during the postseason.
“That was a big victory for Bryce,” Miller said. “All around we gave great effort all night.”
Lunsford, Francisco and Scott were all able to pin down victories against Ottumwa as well. Lunsford’s pin came at the 3:32 mark and Scott’s came at 1:10. The Bulldogs jumped out to a large lead that Fairfield was not able to claw back from. Scott now leads the squad with seven victories on the year. Lunsford and Francisco each have five on the season.
The Trojans will compete Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Mediapolis Invite.
Fairfield vs. Ottumwa
106: Alec Clark, OTTU, pinned Dallas Peebler, FAIR, 0:53. 113: Jack Stabile, OTTU, forf. . 120: Collin McConnell, OTTU, pinned Bailey Jones, FAIR, 5:12. 126: Nathan Cary, OTTU, pinned Mitchell Burnstedt, FAIR, 1:04. 132: Jonathan Morales, OTTU, maj. dec. Charles Heisel, FAIR, 14-5. 138: Wyatt Schlotter, OTTU, forf. . 145: Juan Aldaba, OTTU, forf. . 152: Trevor Anfinson, OTTU, pinned Mitchell Taglauer, FAIR, 0:48. 160: Bryce Lunsford, FAIR, pinned Cody Meixner, OTTU, 3:32. 170: Isaiah Cox, OTTU, maj. dec. Michael Fritz, FAIR, 11-3. 182: Austin Francisco, FAIR, dec. Levi Cobler, OTTU, 7-3. 195: Tyler Bookin - Nosbisch, OTTU, pinned Randall Pugh, FAIR, 1:39. 220: Brett Scott, FAIR, pinned Zain Lay, OTTU, 1:10. 285: Conner Mier, OTTU, forf.
Fairfield vs. Washington
170: Michael Fritz, FAIR, dec. Karlton Skubal, WASH, 3-1. 182: Austin Francisco, FAIR, pinned Luke Brown, WASH, 1:17. 195: Brad Skubal, WASH, pinned Randall Pugh, FAIR, 3:37. 220: Brett Scott, FAIR, forf. . 285: double forfeit. 106: Andrew Waite, WASH, pinned Dallas Peebler, FAIR, 1:03. 113: Kyle Anderson, WASH, forf. . 120: Fletcher Green, WASH, pinned Bailey Jones, FAIR, 1:24. 126: Michael Ellingson, WASH, pinned Mitchell Burnstedt, FAIR, 1:41. 132: Trey VanWeelden, WASH, pinned Charles Heisel, FAIR, 1:30. 138: Tristan Pohren, WASH, forf. . 145: Jarek Brown, WASH, forf. . 152: Alex Gonzalez, WASH, pinned Mitchell Taglauer, FAIR, 0:17. 160: Bryce Lunsford, FAIR, pinned Austin Latcham, WASH, 5:10.