It was a day filled with ups and downs Friday as the Fairbury Jeffs wrestlers faced off against nine other schools from across the state, taking third place at their home invite; an invite that also saw the 10th wrestler in the school’s history to win 100 career matches.
Senior Paul Mach scored his 100th career win early in the invite. The wins continued to rack up, culminating in a battle in the final round that went into triple overtime.
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Head Wrestling Coach for the Fairbury Jeffs Derek Garfield explained that the invite could have gone better, and that they will be working hard to fix the mistakes he saw on the mats Friday.
“We did not wrestle up to potential,” said Garfield. “We had a lot of ups and a lot of downs, and if we’re going to be a consistent program, we’ve got to eliminate those downs. Unfortunately, we failed to come through with some big matches tonight, so it just comes down to execution, finishing matches the right way.
“As a whole, we can’t be too disappointed because we had a lot of positives, but there’s definitely a lot of stuff we could have fixed. When you wrestle good competition, you’re going to get exposed, and we got exposed a little bit tonight,” Garfield continued.
Garfield believes that they will continue to improve as the wrestlers keep putting in the work on the mats. He believes that having a heavy schedule will also help the athletes to get better.
“That’s the great thing about wrestling, what really only matters is February,” said Garfield. “Whether you’re winning early or losing early, nothing else matters but February. So, we have time to fix things, and we have a lot of competitions coming up, so we’re going to have to fix things on the run. Overall, it’s on the coaching staff to get things fixed, and we will.”
On Tuesday, the Jeffs will face off against Columbus Scotus during a dual at the ‘47 Gym starting at 7 p.m. Here are the results from the Fairbury Invite:
Austin Barnts took second place. Here is video from his match in the finals:
Logan Slater took third place.
Ace York took fourth place.
Anthony Moyer took second place. Here is video from his match in the finals:
Seth Firmanik took fourth place.
Marshall York took third place.
Damian Green took second place. Here is video from his match in the finals:
Jacob Johnson took first place. Here is video from his match in the finals:
Patrick Ondrak took first place. Here is video from his match in the finals:
Hunter Green took fourth place.
Zach Reikofski took second place.
Paul Mach took first place.