Trojans forfeit five matches in 50-21 dual loss
MOUNT PLEASANT — The Mount Pleasant wrestlers looked a little tired when they took the mats on Thursday night, but the Panthers worked hard enough to get the job done against a depleted Fairfield team, defeating the Trojans in the Southeast Conference dual 50-21.
“Overall, we wrestled not too bad,” Mount Pleasant coach Anthony Blint said. “We ... weren’t as aggressive as we could have been on our feet. I don’t know if there’s a sickness going though or if we just need to focus more on conditioning, but we can take care of the conditioning aspect. We can get that out of them pretty quick.”
Fairfield (3-7 overall, 0-4 SEC) had its own troubles in the dual. Only nine wrestlers competed for the Trojans, leaving five weight classes open and giving Mount Pleasant 30 points in forfeits. Mount Pleasant (12-7 overall, 2-2 SEC) had to forfeit one match.
“We’ve got a couple out with illness, and some are working through some academic stuff, and that comes first,” Fairfield coach Steve Miller said. “The few guys we did bring did a great job. Obviously we came up short, but I’m pleased with their effort.”
First up in the meet was the 195-pound match, and Mount Pleasant’s Class 3A seventh-ranked Justin Dilks won by fall over Randy Pugh in what would be the fastest pin of the night, 49 seconds.
Mount Pleasant took a 6-0 lead with the win, but Fairfield’s Jake Mineart, ranked 10th in Class 2A, fought back in the 220-pound match against Class 3A fifth-ranked Colton Aplara.
“Jake had a good match — he had a tough opponent in Colton Aplara,” Miller said.
Mineart won the match by a 4-1 decision to half the Panthers’ lead.
“It was a good match for Colton,” Blint said. “It’s good to get that out of the way before districts. Hopefully, he’ll see Mineart again.”
Mount Pleasant took a win by forfeit in the 285, 106, 120, 126 and 132-pound matches. In between, Conner Eads (113) defeated Fairfield’s Mitchell Burnstedt by technical fall, 15-0.
With the win by forfeit at 132 pounds, Mount Pleasant put the dual out of reach, leading by a score of 41-3. But the Trojans kept fighting, taking four of the last six matches.
Ammon Shaner won by technical fall at 138 pounds, defeating Rob Pohren by a score of 16-0, and Aaron Gevock (145) defeated Josh Larson by major decision, 12-3.
Then it was the Panthers turn for a pair of wins, as Michael Alderson (152) pinned Justin Leonard in just 53 seconds and Jayton Phillips (160) won by decision over Bryce Lunsford, 7-2.
It would be the Panthers’ last win of the night, as the last two matches went to the visitors.
Mount Pleasant’s Noah Brown, who usually wrestles at 170, went up a weight class and left Fairfield’s fourth-ranked Seth Davisson to take a win by forfeit.
Brown fell by a 3-1 decision to Fairfield’s Brett Scott in a hard-fought 182-pound match to end the night.
“I thought we wrestled very well — they’re a tough team,” Miller said. “It’s good to see how we match up with them.”
With time running out on the regular season, Fairfield is now preparing for the path to the state tournament.
“We’ve got basically 10 days of practice left,” Miller said. “Now it’s a mental game. You’ve pretty much got what you’ve got, physically, though you can still tweak a few things with technique. But we’re just going to focus on winning every match from here on out.”
The Trojans will be at the Bob Lueders Invite in Clinton on Saturday.
Mount Pleasant 50, Fairfield 21
106 — Mertens (MP) forfeit; 113 — Eads (MP) tech. fall Burnstedt (FF) 15-0; 120 — T. Lanphier (MP) forfeit; 126 — A. Lanphier (MP) forfeit; 132 — Wickham (MP) forfeit; 138 — Shaner (FF) tech. fall Pohren (MP) 16-0; 145 — Gevock (FF) maj. dec. Larson (MP) 12-3; 152 — Alderson (MP) win by fall vs. Leonard (FF) 0:53; 160 — Phillips (MP) dec. Lunsford (FF) 7-2; 170 — Davisson (FF) forfeit; 182 — Scott (FF) dec. Brown (MP) 3-1; 195 — Dilks (MP) win by fall vs. Pugh (FF) 0:49; 220 — Mineart (FF) dec. Colton Aplara (MP) 4-1; 285 — Emmett Wester (MP) forfeit.
*Meet started at 195