Although the Fairfield wrestling team lost 54-30 to Southeast Conference rival Washington Thursday night in the FHS gymnasium, head coach Steve Miller knows his team did their part to push their Demon rivals.
“I know we won some matches that they were planning on winning tonight, and I love it,” said Miller. “We did our job tonight. We came and we won matches that we weren’t supposed to win and that does get under the skin of a good team and I look for more of it to come.”
The meet itself went quickly, with three forfeits and only two matches making it to the second period and only one of those lasting into the third.
“There were a lot of pins and that’s typically the way it goes,” explained Miller. “Especially when they are all in the first period.”
160 Ayden Frazier (Washington) over Nickel Iseman (Fall 1:07)
170 Carter Spalla win by forfeit
182 Tristin Westphal-Edwards (Washington) over Grady Flynn (Fall 1:07)
195 Logan Escher (Washington) over Wyatt Baker (Fall 0:21)
220 Cesar Castellanos win by forfeit
285 Aidan Pohren over Marshall Patterson (Washington) (Fall 1:47)
“We bump Aidan Pohren up to heavyweight where he is giving up 50 pounds, and he goes out there and gets a big pin for us,” said Miller. “That was a toss-up match and I’m really proud of him for that.”
106 Caden Evans (Washington) win by forfeit
“We’re still forfeiting at 106, but 113 and 120 I was really pleased with,” said Miller. “Jonah Cooper at 113 wrestling a quality opponent as well as Cohyn Roach at 120. Those two are going to be fun to watch and they are starting to wrestle with a lot more confidence and they are starting to hit big moves. I would say those were huge and awesome [wins] and the most electrifying matches for me, that also had us on a roll for a while.”
113 Jonah Cooper over Matt Collett (Washington) (Fall 4:56)
120 Cohyn Roach-Summers over Brennan Murphy (Washington) (Fall 0:26)
126 Walker Ikerd (Washington) over Tommy Jones (Fall 0:24)
132 Cade Pohren (Washington) over Gage VanVeen (Fall 0:49)
138 Garrett Ikerd (Washington) over Logan Adam (Fall 1:14)
145 Dillan Sanders (Washington) over Peyton Cline (Fall 2:41)
152 David Hora (Washington) over Caleb Heisel (Fall 1:23)
Team Score: 54-30 Washington
“Right now we are just focusing on winning. I don’t care if it’s in the first, second or third period. Yeah, you always want to get extended amounts of mat time, but honestly, the best thing any of our young wrestlers can gain is confidence and getting wins gains confidence and confidence gets wins. As far as this team goes, we have a lot, a lot of technical things to work on and some fundamental basics.
A big thing we’re struggling with right now is on bottom, hand-fighting and keeping hand-control on bottom, getting our hips cleared and working back up to our feet. We’re not giving our opponent enough to think about and we’re keeping our hips glued to the mat and we’re letting them control our wrists and we’ve got to get a lot tougher at those things so that we can have the potential to get up and get out.”
“I love competing and the thrill of coming out here and watching kids have success,” said Miller. “I love rivalries and I want to beat everybody around, so I come ready.”