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Sophomore Cooper, senior Lunsford try to make state

By Justin Webster | Feb 08, 2018
Photo by: JUSTIN WEBSTER/Ledger photo Fairfield senior Brendon Lunsford is 35-3 overall and will be the No. 1 seed at 285 pounds at the IHSAA Class 2A District 3 wrestling match. Lunsford is trying to qualify for the state wrestling tournament for the second year in a row.

Saturday when Fairfield High School hosts the IHSAA Class 2A district 3 state wrestling qualifier, the Trojans will have two representatives, sophomore Jonah Cooper at 113 pounds and senior Brendon Lunsford at 285.

With a 21-16 overall record and a second place finish at sectionals, Cooper was seeded No.3 behind freshman and No. 1 seed Nathaniel Genobana who is 27-2 from Centerville, and fellow sophomore Samual Stevens from Clear Creek-Amana who is 32-14 on the season.

Senior Brendon Lunsford is 35-3 and received the No. 1 seed at 285 pounds. His first match is against 30-9 Keokuk senior Jerry Glenn and the winner of that match will face the victor of the Mitchell Huisenga versus Drake Fox match that features a combind 57-14 overall record between his possible second round opponents.


The Fairfield Ledger talked to the two grapplers during waterbreaks at practice Wednesday afternoon at FHS.


Jonah Cooper

Q) Tell us about your opponent this weekend.

Cooper: My first match is against a Clear Creek-Amana kid [32-14, so., Samual Stevens], and I feel like I have a pretty good chance to beat him because we have fairly similar records.


Q) You’re the No. 3 seed after finishing second at sectionals.

How do you feel as a bit of an underdog and does that give you an advantage?

A) You kind of get that underdog mentality. You’re coming in against all of these higher ranked guys, and it’s kind of fun when you’re the underdog.


Q) You’re only a sophomore, talk about consistently getting this far early in your career.

A) With this being my second year, it feels pretty good qualifying for districts two years in a row. I just think it’s kind of crazy that I made it this year.


Q) Is a goal starting to form in your mind?

A) This year I want to at least make it to state, maybe next year place.


Q) Are you feeling confident?

A) Yeah, I’m feeling confident for this weekend.


Q) Are you preparing for the opponents in your bracket?

A) I’m looking into the first kid I’m wrestling and thinking about that match all week and then I’ll see how it goes from there.


Brendon Lunsford

Q) Talk about your matches at sectionals.

Lunsford: I had one match that was like a 30 second match, so it wasn’t too much. The championship match the kid forfeited to me because of his shoulder.


Q) Have you been properly tested so far?

A) Yeah. I was here last year and the year before that.


Q) So, the past experience will carry you?

A) Yeah, and also I know that I’ve beaten everyone there. I’m not going to take them for granted, but there is security in knowing that I’ve beat them all before. I just need to work harder this week and get better.


Q) You’re the No. 1 seed at home, is there a target on your back that wasn’t there last year?

A) A little bit. Last year when I wrestled here, I wasn’t ranked and Tyler Linderbaum from Solon was ranked fourth and in the championship match a lot of people didn’t think I could win it. I just kept going hard and working hard and pulled through with a win in that one, so if I do that again, I can do it.


Q) Are you studying your opponents or working on your own areas?

A) I’m working on some things that I’ve seen with their tendencies, and some of the things I’ve seen them do because I’ve seen them both wrestle this year. I kind of know what they’re going to do and work with that, but I’m also just kind of working all around because you don’t want to wrestle like your opponent, you want to wrestle your style and make them wrestle like you.


Q) Are you feeling confident?

A) Yeah.

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