Wapello plays spoiler on Fairfield's senior night
More forfeits than matches in Tuesday’s non-conference dual between Fairfield and Wapello spelled a quick night for both wrestling squads.
With the two teams short-handed at different weights, the meet featured just five matches out of the 14 possible and ended in under an hour. The Trojans had a good start, picking up pins in the first two matches, before losing the final three in a 36-30 loss to Wapello on senior and parents night in Fairfield.
“It stinks. It was senior and parents night, and unfortunately we only had a half team, and half of our half-team got to wrestle,” said Fairfield head coach Steve Miller. “I feel bad for our seniors who didn’t win and probably didn’t perform as good as they wanted to perform.”
The Trojans’ two match victories were big ones Tuesday.
Fairfield senior Seth Davisson earned the 96th win of his four-year career to climb closer to the inevitable 100-victory mark, pinning Wapello’s Juston Frank in 2:41.
Davisson, who’s ranked fourth at 170 pounds in Class 2A, controlled the 182-pound match from the get-go. The senior jumped out to a 15-6 advantage after one period and quickly put Frank on his back in the second period for the win by fall.
Then, one match later, Fairfield’s Randy Pugh earned his first career victory with a pin of Logan Freitag in just 17 ticks.
At 220 pounds, Trojan senior Jake Mineart lost a 6-3 decision to fifth-ranked Ryley Howell. Mineart trailed 3-1 after the second period before tying the match at 3-all with a reversal in the final period. Howell scored an escape with one minute to go, then secured a two-point takedown in the match’s final desperate moments.
“Their 220-pounder [Howell] is very formidable, so we knew Jake was going to have his hands full there,” Miller said.
Fairfield’s Mitchell Burnstedt was pinned at 113 pounds, and in the final match of the evening, senior Aaron Gevock lost an 8-7 decision to Wapello’s Nathan Boyer in the 152-pound match.
Gevock fell behind 8-2 in the final period before rallying for a takedown and 3-point near fall as time expired.
“I knew Aaron’s match was going to be tough, and he about pulled it out there in the end. Unfortunately, it shouldn’t have come down to the end like that,” Miller said. “I still feel Aaron can win that match.”
Forfeits received by Fairfield included Ammon Shaner (138), Justin Leonard (160) and Bryce Lunsford (170), and Fairfield gave up forfeits at 120, 126, 132 and 285 pounds. The 106 and 145 weights were left open by both teams.
With the loss to Wapello, Fairfield’s dual record now sits at 3-6 in 2012-13. Four of Fairfield’s team losses have been decided by six points or less.
“Those wins are starting to elude us lately, but we’re still right there,” Miller said. “A lot of times just a one-match swing is the difference in winning and losing as a team.”
The Trojans continue a busy week with a Southeast Conference dual vs. Mount Pleasant Thursday and a trip to the Clinton Invite on Saturday.
Wapello 36, Fairfield 30
106 — open; 113 — Walker (W) win by fall vs. Burnstedt (FF) 1:56; 120 — Johnson (W) forfeit; 126 — McNeil (W) forfeit; 132 — Grimm (W) forfeit; 138 — Shaner (FF) forfeit; 145 — open; 152 — Boyer (W) dec. Gevock (FF) 8-7; 160 — Leonard (FF) forfeit; 170 — Lunsford (FF) forfeit; 182 — Davisson (FF) win by fall vs. Frank (W) 2:41; 195 — Pugh (FF) win by fall vs. Freitag (W) 0:17; 220 — Howell (W) dec. Mineart (FF) 6-3; 285 — Robbins (W) forfeit.
*Meet started at 170