Trojans’ Davisson, Mineart state-bound
WEST LIBERTY — Saturday was a bittersweet day for Fairfield head coach Steve Miller, who saw two of his senior wrestlers make the state tournament and two others come up just short at the Class 2A district tournament in West Liberty.
Out of Fairfield’s five possible state qualifiers, seniors Seth Davisson and Jake Mineart were the only wrestlers to finish in the top two of their respective weight classes. Mineart won his first ever district title at 220 pounds to add yet another accolade to his excellent postseason, while Davisson finished second at 170 pounds to also punch his ticket to Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines this week.
Mineart picked up a 13-5 major decision over Dylan Van Dusen in the semifinal round, and the 10th-ranked senior capped his title run with an 11-4 decision over Central Clinton’s Cameron Donovan in the finals.
“Jake just went out there and wrestled really smart. He went out there and took care of business, and it’s not like he snuck through or anything. He dominated some really good guys,” said Miller.
Davisson, meanwhile, won by fall in his first match vs. Drew Schroeder of Central Clinton but fell by 13-4 major decision to Adam Drain in the first-place match. The seventh-ranked Trojan was given another chance in the wrestlebacks, however, and he made it count with a 7-2 win over Assumption’s Clint Harland in the second-place match.
Two additional seniors, Ammon Shaner (138) and Aaron Gevock (145), saw their prep careers come to an end. Junior teammate Brett Scott (182) also fell a win or two shy of a state berth.
“For seniors [Shaner and Gevock] to not make it who have dedicated most of their life to wrestling, it hurts. It pulls at your heart a little bit because those kids are deserving,” said Miller. “Outside of the disappointment and heartache of them losing, though, I was pleased with our effort as a team.”
Both Shaner and Gevock lost their first-round matches to Davenport Assumption wrestlers, and both rallied back for victories in their consolation matches. However, neither was granted a wrestleback opportunity as both Assumption opponents fell one-point shy in the championship round.
“They wrestled valiantly and left everything out there on the mat. They gave their opponents all they could handle and then some,” said Miller. “At the end of the day they can say they did their best, and I’m extremely proud of them. Those are the type of guys who make a team great.”
And although Scott went 0-2 on Saturday, he will bring valuable experience to the team next season as the lone returning district qualifier.
Fairfield finished the day fourth out of 11 teams with 49 points. Assumption was first with 182 points, and Mediapolis (153) and Central Clinton (64) finished second and third, respectively.
Both Mineart and Davisson are returning state qualifiers, and Miller said he expects both of them to take their success a step further when the tournament kicks off.
“Unfortunately, in Fairfield we want to have a parade every time a kid qualifies for state, but we’ve reevaluated our goals. We’ve made it clear the goal is to place at state and not just qualify,” Miller said.
Mineart, who has a 32-8 record, faces 37-7 senior Aaron Beaman of Greene County in the first round. At 35-5, Davisson faces Perry’s Schyler Knoll, a junior with a 35-9 record, in the first round.
“We don’t know a lot about either one of them, but we’ll just take it one round at a time,” the second-year coach said. “I’m not worried about tough competition. We’ve seen the best in four states throughout the season.”
The state tournament runs Thursday-Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena. The first round of Class 2A matches begins at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Fairfield Individual Results
138 — Shaner (1-1, 3rd), 145 — Gevock (1-1, 3rd), 170 — Davisson (2-1, 2nd), 182 — Scott (0-2, 4th), 220 — Mineart (2-0, 1st)
Final Team Standings
1. Davenport Assumption 182
2. Mediapolis 153
3. Central Clinton 64
4. Fairfield 49
5. Washington 33
6. West Liberty 29
7. New London 19
8. Camanche 18
T9. Columbus 9
T9. Northeast, Goose Lake 9
11. Maquoketa 0