Jets not phased by Starfire lineup changes
A MEETING OF THE MINDSâ€”AC senior Ben Pfister (left) battles the Starsâ€™ Klayton Hinshaw for positioning during Thursday nightâ€™s inter-county rivalry at the Stardome. Pfister edged out a 3-1 decision in the eveningâ€™s best match and the Jets won a 46-23 victory. (Photo by Dylan Malone)
BERNE—SA coach Eric Myers knew his team would be thin at spots against the number one ranked Jets in class A.
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In a last ditch effort to steal some points and ward off some Jet opportunities, the Starfires made a few lineup changes but after a few key AC pins, the Starfires ended up losing a 46-23 decision at the hands of their county rivals in the Stardome on Thursday night.
"We played around every which way we could tonight to try and beat them but things just didn't fall our way," coach Myers explained after the match.
The Starfires entered the match short a few wrestlers with senior Shea Pyle out with a torn labrum and junior Austin Grabau suffering from a tweaked shoulder from last Saturday's matches.
The Jets went 5-0 on Saturday at Northwestern after having their season opener spoiled by Leo last Thursday in an upset that put Adams Central's chances for repeating as ACAC champions in serious jeopardy.
"I take all the credit for the loss at Leo," AC coach Doug Schultz admitted. "Last season we had a lot of seniors who didn't need any motivation to get up for matches and we came out flat last week. I know now that I have to get these guys going. Leo was better than we gave them credit for as well."
The Jets refocused and had a great showing over the weekend entering the match against SA still ranked at the top of 1A.
"We did talk about setting a precedence against these guys this week," explained the AC coach. "I felt like a few of these guys did that tonight."
The Jets did not start out ideally, however. After going up 10-0 on a Sawyer Miller pin and a Matt Nussbaum major decision, SA elected to forfeit at 126 skipping a potential big time match-up between vets LJ Moser and Cody Walburn.
"Being awfully thin and not being able to put some kids at certain spots we had to move Moser up to 132," noted Myers. "The fans weren't really excited about it but you gotta do what you can to try and win."
Both the Jets side and the Starfires side let out collective sighs and a few boos when the forfeit was announced. Still, the Stars were excited to still be up 10-6 thanks to their sophomore at 120.
"We had some kids wrestle pretty good. Nussbaum came in against a two-time sectional champ in Cook and he really handled him."
Nussbaum won the major decision by a 10-0 score thoroughly controlling the match throughout.
Moser won a major decision by the same score putting SA up 14-6. It was a long time before the Stars could feel good after that as the Jets put up points in the next seven matches turning an eight point deficit into a 26-point lead at 40-14.