Trojan wrestlers claim final dual of season
CHARITON — After all the forfeits were tallied Tuesday, the Fairfield wrestling team claimed five of six matches over host Chariton for a 39-33 dual win in the regular season finale.
The Trojans forfeit five matches and received just two of their own, but they made up for the discrepancy with big wins in nearly every other match.
“Chariton has a solid team here, and I was really impressed with our wrestlers today. They came out and took care of business,” said Fairfield head coach Steve Miller. “Every one of our guys wrestled their [Chariton opponent] better than they did Saturday at the Southern Iowa Classic, and that shows this team is really starting to come on.”
Fairfield kicked off the short meet with three straight pins for an 18-0 lead. Junior Brett Scott won by fall at 182, as did junior Randy Pugh and senior Jake Mineart at 195 and 220 pounds, respectively.
The Trojans forfeit to Chariton at heavyweight, but a double-forfeit at 106 and win by forfeit by Fairfield 113-pound rookie Mitchell Burnstedt kept Fairfield up by 18.
Chariton then claimed wins by forfeit in four straight matches from 120-138 pounds to grab a 30-24 advantage.
Fairfield’s Aaron Gevock, a senior, got Fairfield back on the scoreboard with an 8-4 decision at 145 pounds, but junior teammate Justin Leonard lost an 8-5 decision at 152.
Trailing 33-27 with two matches to go, junior Bryce Lunsford tied the dual back up with a big pin at 160 pounds, and senior Seth Davisson closed the meet out with a win by forfeit.
The Trojans conclude the regular season with a 4-7 dual record, and Miller reiterated his excitement for the postseason.
“This is what it’s all about now. We’re in the postseason now and we’re stepping up our intensity. I’m excited to see what we can do,” he said.
Sectionals is at Mediapolis this Saturday. Start time of the Class 2A sectional, which will pit Fairfield against Columbus, Mediapolis, New London, Washington and West Burlington/Notre Dame, is set for noon.