LEO-CEDARVILLE — Leo clinched their ACAC mat showdown with Adams Central Thursday, 45-30, after earning falls in the final two matches as Eddie Lorraine at 113 and Chase Hissong at 120 schooled their Central foes with splattos.
The Lions of coach Josh Donner scored seven falls in all, to the Jets four, and won eight of the 14 matches.
"We had that conversation before we got here. We knew we had to stay off our our backs, and it didn't happen," stated Adams Central coach Doug Schultz.
"We just have some kids who lack experience, and we've got some guys wrestling up right now.
(Eli) Hill got caught in a splatto and that ended a good match between two kids who are semistate ticket round guys," said the coach of the 3:01 pin by Lorraine.
"Hill's head was down in there and he really didn't know what was going on. He just got caught, added the coach on the move that splits the legs and forces the head and shoulders flat to the mat.
That match was the clincher as the Jets had pulled to within three points at 33-30 after the Jets' Anthony Mosser cradled Leo's Dave Martin in 1:44 at 106 pounds. The Jets needed to win the final three matches after two surprising falls at 220 and 285 by Shawn Sweeney over AC frosh Nash Brunner and senior Bryce Hager catching AC's Isaiah Bollenbacher with a toss in 45 seconds.
A year ago, the Lions tipped the Jets in the opener, but Central came back and won the ACAC Tourney in January.
"That's going to have to be the plan again," said Adams Central coach Doug Schultz.
The Jets, the defending Class A champs (coaches tourney), are will be back in the January 4 tourney to defend their title, and Leo will be in the 2A Tourney for the first time.
The meet started with Leo's Ryan Fawcett topping AC's Andy Oliver 11-7, then Schultz threw the dice, moving in a reserve and shifting his next three wrestlers up a class. All three won.
"Up through the middle we knew we had to make hay, and we did. That part of the plan worked," said Schultz, who noted that those kids came through despite battling with weight control during the week.
Sub Leo Sousa was felled by one of the top returning Lions in Isaac Eicher at 132 as Hunter Bates shifted up to 138. Bates then scored a 10-6 win over Cody Van Ooyen. He led 5-0, then faded late.
Standout Derek Ellinger moved up to 145 and cradled Mason Kern in 1:43. Luke Liter needed only 54 seconds to cradle Leo's Taylor Garton at 152.
That put the Jets up 15-9 and the score went to 21-9 as Kaine Luginbill stuck with the cradle and needed just 30 ticks to eliminate David Hepler at 160.
"We wrestled decently on top, and I thought they did a great job on top of us. Man, they were doing cradles left and right," exclaimed veteran Leo coach Josh Dommer.
"Those moves early in the match put them in the position they wanted to be. We spoiled it with those last two falls," added the coach, whose Lions are now 5-1 on the young season.
At 170, Aaron Eicher, another of the returning ticket round semistate wrestlers for Leo, tossed AC Alex Kaehr in 27 seconds. At 182, Jets' rookie starter Julian Aguirre got an early takedown, but was caught and pinned in 2:58.