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Lunsford headed back to state wrestling tournament

By Justin Webster | Feb 12, 2018
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo Fairfield senior Brendon Lunsford is headed to the state wrestling tournament for the second year in a row after winning the Class 2A district 3 championship at 285 pounds Saturday at FHS. Lunsford is 37-3 and the No. 11 seed in the 16-man bracket.

Saturday at FHS, Fairfield had two of its wrestlers compete in the IHSAA Class 2A district 3 meet in an attempt to qualify for the state tournament in Des Moines.

Trojan sophomore Jonah Cooper reached his second district meet in as many seasons, but failed to qualify for the state meet after going 0-2 and finishing fourth place at 113 pounds.

Cooper was pinned 1:10 into his first round matchup with Samual Stevens of Clear Creek-Amana, and then lost a 9-5 decision to Grifen Molle of West Burlington-Notre Dame in the third place match. Molle then wrestled back and beat Stevens to finish second and qualify behind Centerville freshman Nathaniel Genobana who is headed to the state tournament with a 29-2 record.

The 285 pound weight class featured Fairfield senior Brendon Lunsford who improved to 37-3 with two victories Saturday in his home gym.

First Lunsford defeated Keokuk senior Jerry Glenn 8-4 by decision, before Washington senior Mitchell Huisenga forfeited due to injury, a calculated risk that paid off when Huisenga was able to defend a wrestle back against Glenn in the second place match for a spot at state.


Q) Explain what happened against Huisenga.

Lunsford: He forfeited, but he had to go out there because if he just injury defaulted, he wouldn’t have been able to wrestle back if there was a wrestle back so he had to go out there for at least a second.


Q) You’ve been waiting for this, but you didn’t have a whole lot of matches today. Do you feel like you’re rolling the way you need to be?

Lunsford: That first match was a solid good, full-length match which gave me a little better look. I wish I would have been able to finish my last match at my home gym, but, I guess it is what it is.


Q) Where’s your mind at a couple days from the state tournament?

Lunsford: I’m just going to do a lot of work and get ready.


Q) Is champion your goal right now?

Lunsford: It’s always the goal, but I’ll do everything I can and work my hardest and go hard. Whatever happens, happens.


At the Iowa State Wrestling Tournament at Wells Fargo in Des Moines Thursday, Lunsford will begin his quest for a state title against 47-4 junior Spencer Trenary of Clarion-Goldfield-Dows, who qualified six individuals for this years’ tournament.


The Fairfield Ledger also spoke with the leader of the Trojan wrestling program about our local grapplers competing at the event hosted by Jeff Courtright and his staff at FHS Saturday.


Q) Talk about your Trojans that wrestled today.

Steve Miller: I’m extremely proud of Jonah and Brendon, they’re extremely deserving. They worked their butts off all year long and had the right mind-set going into sectionals last week, and showed up ready to wrestle. Things didn’t work out quite so well for Jonah, but he still gave a great effort and I look forward to having him back. Brendon’s wrestling at the top of his game right, now and he’s hard to beat - he’s scoring points and I look forward to what we’re going to accomplish up in Des Moines.


Q) After two straight appearances at districts, talk about Jonah as a future leader of this program.

Miller: Sometimes kids get into a rut and they think, “I’m only a freshman or sophomore, maybe when I’m a junior or a senior I can start winning.” Well we’re really starting to change that mindset here for Fairfield wrestling. Our freshman and our sophomores can be our leaders, and those kids can win now, too. They’re all starting to embrace that.


Q) I know wrestling is bringing everything together, but what does Brendon need to focus on over the next few days before state? Is it technique, is it mindset, does he just need to make sure he “shows up” to compete? What do you think from where your sitting?

Miller: The next thing is to transition. He’s already accomplished his goal of sectional and district champion, and now he needs to change his goals and mindset for state and what he expects to do in Des Moines. Obviously, your mind is always the biggest part of everything. Technique-wise, he’s got everything he needs. He just needs to focus on moving laterally and turning corners and creating angles. We’ll go over that in practice, but it’s always movement, movement, movement and above all, mindset.

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