|Jays take 2 in mat tuneup|
|Wednesday, February 06, 2013 2:43 PM|
They battled Tuesday night at Spencerville High School.
The Jays won both of their matches, edging the host Bearcats 39-33 and whipping the Panthers 48-18.
The Bearcats bested Parkway 66-12.
The Jays of head man Derek Sterling had a few more wrestlers back from the injured list than they did over the weekend. They had eight wrestlers, voiding six weight classes versus Spencerville, while the Bearcats had two voided classes (both voided 106).
“We were hoping to get some more guys back and get them at least a match. We had seven matches and won six of them,” Sterling noted. “Will (Buettner) got two pins — the only one that had two matches. Justin (Siefker) had a big match against Trevor Bockey at 132; Trevor was the NWC champion this past weekend, so that was a big win for us to get the team win. Derek (Anthony) got a nice pin of another freshman at 170; we’ve been able to hide him behind two seniors but he also got a big win for us tonight. He weights 160, so he can wrestle there or 170.”
“Tonight and Wednesday are for seeding purpose at sectionals. You want to get the best seed — especially the matches we did get — we can get for the draw in hopes of getting into districts and go from there,” he added.”
Spencerville coach Tom Wegesin took solace in getting another wrestler back from injury and getting his predominately freshmen and sophomore middle weights another match.
“That’s what you want right now; get more matches for your young guys. Unfortunately tonight, our youngsters were matched up with their strengths in the middle weights,” Wegesin explained. “We got Dakota (Sutherland) back for the first time all season after he had two or three matches last winter. Our 170, Zach Brown, was bumped up from 152. We’ve had to do that all season with a number of guys to fill weight classes.”
Still, the coach wanted a crisper performance.
“I don’t know what it was — it was our last home match — but we didn’t come out very sharp. Still, we can take this match and what we’ve learned and look ahead to the sectionals; that’s what we prepare for,” he added.
“This is our first year of wrestling at the school. We are trying to instill the basics in the kids and build from scratch, which is what we’ve had to do,” Panther coach Kevin Browning explained. “We had a few seniors that wanted to give it a try this year and it’s been nice; we’ve done well at a couple of junior varsity tournaments. Now we have to sell it to the younger years. I look at this as a 5-year vision. Next year, we’ll try and get a junior high program going to build from the bottom. I don’t see a lot of accomplishments the first two years but down the road.”