After AC's Jarod Schwartz topped Leo's Isaac Stuery 4-2 in a tough 152-pound battle to put the Jets up by seven, then Lions responded with three straight first period falls en route to a 42-28 ACAC victory over the Jets Thursday night at the Jets' P.E. gym.
"It was certainly a great night to compete against a good Adams Central team," noted Leo's second-year coach Todd Mason, whose team looked sharp despite several of the competitors having only nine practices since the Lions football team was eliminated in the 3A semistate.
"We're a work in progress, will continue to be a work in progress. We don't want to peak in December, but on Jan. 29," he noted.
It was obvious that the Lions have been working on their leg control. Steury held Schwartz down for the entire second period, then Schwartz decided to get off the mat in the third period, yielding an escape point to start the period. He scored the key takedown to seal the win.
"That's something we haven't spent a lot of time on yet. That kind of comes a little later," said Adams Central coach Doug Schultz on leg defense.
"I told our young kids to come out and be aggressive, I think they did that for the most part. I also told them they had to stay off their backs to win. We got stuck five times plus the forfeit. The young kids are going to live and learn. I told them we can fix what's wrong," said Schultz.
The Jets' chances of winning the dual took a hit prior to the meet when sophomore Josh Thieme, the starting 119-pounder, failed to make the weigh-in in time. Frosh Dillon Hartman filled in and trailed just 5-3 to Anthony Crossgrove before being caught and turned in 5:48.
"I'll take the blame for that," said Coach Schultz on not getting Thieme to the scales. He was in the building, but not available when the 119-pounders weighed in.
Sophomore Adam Cook opened the meet at 103 for the Jets in a 4:34 fall over Ryan Fawcett of Leo. Cody Walburn took a forfeit as the Jets led 12-0. It was 18-6 when junior Derek Roe caught up with Logan Gengler at 125, scoring a 3:46 fall.
Rance Harris topped AC's Derek Ellinger 6-1 at 130. Aaron Eicher of Leo caught sopohomore Zach Yoder, scoring a sudden 5:00 fall, then Corey Botts, "who was four points from state last year," according to Mason, caught Blake Thieme in a bad shot, scoring four quick points in a 6-1 win at 140.
That tied the score at 18-all, but the Jets went back up one more time as Zeke Schultz chased down Davis Neuhouser for an 8-0 win at 145, and Schwartz won over Steury for a 25-18 Jets' lead.
Garrett Weber, a state streeter last year, caught Chantz Luginbill, who had the first takedown, and scored a 33-second fall at 160 for Leo. Spencer Cooper, who quit football to concentrate on wrestling this year for Leo, downed Taylor Isch in 2:00 at 171. Veteran Alex Jakacki stopped Dillon Guetterman of AC in 1:53.
Nick Heyerly gave the Jets a late reprieve with an 8-5 win over Jesse David at heavyweight.
"Taking a licking once in a while is part of learning. They'll be all right," said Schultz of his youngsters who took falls.
"I felt Blake Thieme wrestled a great match against Botts. One bad shot and he got pancaked.
"And for us to be successful, we need Nick Heyerly to have a good year, and I thought he wrestled great tonight," said Schultz.
The Jets take part in the Northwestern Super Duals on Saturday, and will be at South Adams next Thursday in a key ACAC matchup.
Leo 42, A. Central 28
103-A. Cook (A) p. Ryan Fawcett 4:34
112-Cody Walburn (A) WBF
119-Crossgrove (L) p. Hartman 5:48
125-D. Roe (A) p. Gengler 3:46
130-Harris (L) d. Elloinger 6-1
135-A. Eicher (L) p. Yoder 5:00
140-1. C. Botts (L) d. B. Thieme 6-1
145-Schultz (A) m.d. Neuhouser 8-0
152-Jarod Schwartz (A) d. Steury 4-2
160-G. Weber (L) p. Luginbill :33
171-S. Cooper (L) p. Isch 2:00
189-Jakacki (L) p. Goetterman 1:53
215-B. Waggoner (L) WBF
285-Nick Heyerly (A) d. J. David 8-5
JV: AC18, Leo 12
145-Heppler (L) p. M. Call 1:56
160-C. Reynolds (A) p. T. Smith 1:03.
160-L. Marbach (A) p. Kern :32
189-L. Martinez (L) p. Bollenbacher 1:07
189-D. Pfeister (A) p. D. Thompson 1:07