Jefferson wrestlers defeat Waterloo
JEFFERSON — Two matches sparked the materialization of momentum for the Jefferson Eagles in a nonconference dual against Waterloo.
Facing a 10-6 deficit after three matches, first-year wrestler Obryon Lee secured a head throw and a pin in 25 seconds against Waterloo 220-pounder Max Besl to give the extra fans in attendance for Jefferson’s alumni night a reason to rise out of their seats.
Sophomore heavyweight Noah Schultz earned a pin in 59 seconds to ensure the momentum would keep rolling as Jefferson would go on to earn a 48-24 victory over the Pirates on Friday night.
“The energy in the gym, you could definitely feel it hyping everybody up,” said Jefferson senior Weston Wright, who pinned Waterloo 126-pounder Brandon Springer in 1:04. “You could just feel it as you were getting ready for your match. The atmosphere just came alive.”
It was a moment that started when Lee elevated himself from the JV team by unseating the incumbent varsity wrestler from last year in the 220-pound weight class.
“It was just a huge performance,” said co-head coach Devin Weber, who shares head coaching duties with EJ Pilarski.
“It was a big headlock, highlight reel stuff. You hear the crowd go wild and that’s what it’s all about. Those kids who are middle of the pack and getting results for us, that is just huge.”
Jefferson 145-pounder Jadon Quinones picked up a pin in 2:59 to take a 42-18 lead with two matches left. He was another wrestler who picked up a varsity spot after a wrestle-off on Monday at practice.
“It wasn’t the prettiest match in the world,” said Weber, “but he put six points on the board, so that’s awesome.”
The Eagles took care of business in the lighter weights. Senior 113-pounder Quintin Gehrmann, sophomore 120-pounder Tatiana Rios and Wright were the latter three matches to complete a 30-point swing to put the match out of reach for the Pirates.
For Wright, the match was an early season gauge to see where he was at in his development after taking fourth place at sectionals last year to miss out on qualifying for state in the 113-pound weight class. His opponent, Springer, also took fourth place last year at sectionals to narrowly miss a state appearance.
“I came out expecting it to be tough, he’s a good wrestler; so I worked my moves and ended up on top faster than I was expecting,” Wright said.
Setting up the opportunity for Wright to finish off a pin comes from his ability to secure his takedowns, which is often a challenge for him. If he maintains control of his opponent through the takedown, Weber pointed out, the match is a done deal.
“Once he’s on top, he’s a hammer and we know that,” Weber said.
“The fear and the challenge in that match is, Brandon Springer is very good on top and runs a mean half-Nelson.
“The match ended in the first period and (Wright) never went on bottom, so that’s a perfect way to do it.”
Jefferson continues its season on Tuesday with a home dual against Cambridge beginning at 7 p.m.
106 — Double forfeit
113 — Gehrmann, J, pinned Fugate at 1:08
120 — Jefferson received forfeit.
126 — Wright, J, pinned Springer at1:04;
132 — Alonso, W, dec. Brynman-Metcalf 6-3
138 — Garcia, W, tech. fall, Dieckman, 18-2
145 — Quinones, J, pinned Bostwick at 2:59
152 — Rowbotham, W, pinned Heller at 2:25
160 — Neff, J, pinned Aguero at 4:00
*170 — Heine, J, pinned Garza at 2:32
182 — Limon, W, pinned Lehman at 3:46
195 — Moreno, W, major dec. Lindeman 12-0
220 — Lee, J, pinned Besl at :25
285 — Schultz, J, pinned Wright at :59.