Jets win 1st IHSWCA title; Cass upsets Stars in round one
CLASH OF THE TITANSâ€”ACâ€™s Joe Fuelling (left) and the Starsâ€™ Mason Morningstar (right) took their fight to the state level in the first coachesâ€™ tournament pitting the top-ranked squads in three classes. The Jets earned first place in class A. (Photo by Dylan Malone)
TOPEKA—Number one-ranked Adams Central entered the first IHSWCA state tournament at Westviewas the favorites in class-A and the Jets did not disappoint, topping #2 Churubusco in the finals, 46-23.
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South Adams was the 3-seed in the tournament but made an early exit at the hands of Lewis Cass who sent the Starfires to the losers' bracket with a 42-37 decision. SA ended up seventh out of the eight teams in the field after falling to Bremen 36-33, but defeating South Putnam 41-40 in the final match.
The Jets were slated against South Putnam in the first round earning a 49-24 win easily followed by a 61-13 thrashing of Prairie Heights to get to the final with the Eagles. PH had upset #4-ranked Milan in the first round to get to AC.
The Eagles took the first six points of the match against the Jets when Gunnar Barnhart found a way to pin AC heavyweight Joe Fuelling in the second round. The Jets would retaliate with 22-straight points, however with pins from Andy Oliver, Eli Hill, and Adam Cook along with a major decision from Cody Walburn.
After a spirited 16-14 decision for Shane Shoyer over AC's Hunter Bates, the Jets lead was 22-9. Derek Ellinger earned a pin at 138, then Zac Yoder won a 3-1 decision on the strength of a second-round takedown to put AC up 31-9.
Another close decision went 'Busco's way when Brandon Wormcaster beat Luke Liter, 3-2 at 152. AC would put the championship out of the Eagles' reach on three-straight scores including a Kaine Luginbill pin with two seconds left in the third round over Travis Glick. Mason Call earned a fall in his second-round at 170 and Ben Pfister earned an 8-2 decision at 182 for a 46-12 margin.
Alex Bollenbacher, battling a nagging injury, had not had to wrestle in the first two matches but gave it a go in the championship losing by tech fall 18-2, then his brother Isaiah was pinned by the Eagles' talented Jason Nicodemus at 220 rounding out a pair of meaningless scores for Churubusco in the final two match-ups.
Walburn (18-0) remains perfect on the season with three wins on the day. Cook, Ellinger, Luginbill, Call, and Pfister also went 3-0 on the day for the Jets.
AC is off until January 5 when they host the Superduals at the Hangar.
SA TAKES SEVENTH
Against Cass in the first round the Starfires and the Kings combined for 11 pins out of a possible 13.
South Adams was forced to give up a forfeit at 195 but Maverick Morningstar tied things up at 6-6 with a second-round pin at 220. The Kings would earn 12 points right back however with a pair of pins to take an 18-6 lead.
Sawyer Miller took care of business at 113 with a pin in 0:20 but Cass' Carden topped the Stars for six at 120 to lead 24-12.
The tide looked like it would shift towards SA, however when Matt Nussbaum and Eric Pimentel earned pins back to back to tie the match at 24-24. The Stars would take a brief lead when Boaz Marbach earned a major decision (13-4) over his opponent at 138 for a 28-24 advantage.
The lead was short-lived as the Kings would get back-to-back pins of their own at 145 and 152 to jump back up on top by a score of 36-28 with three bouts remaining.
The return of senior Shea Pyle was encouraging for the Stars at 160. Pyle earned a 5-3 decision in overtime against Cass' Bowling but the Kings would take their final six points at 170 to seal the match. Clayton Hinshaw's pin at 182 brought the deficit to within five points at 42-37 but the damage was done.
Miller, Pimentel, Marbach, and Hinshaw all went 3-0 on the day for the Starfires, while as a team, SA moves to 12-7 on the season. The Stars are off until December 29 when they travel to Indy for the Giant-16 Tournament.