ALGONQUIN – Cary-Grove heavyweight Ryan McNeal recorded a pin in 46 seconds, and all the momentum was on the Trojans’ side. Fans in blue and white cheered as their team went up by two points with four matches remaining Thursday against Jacobs.
In stepped the Jacobs little guys.
Tanner Ward pinned C-G’s Miguel Mendez in the 106-pound match. Teammate Tyler Braet (113) followed it with a first-period pin. Justin Peters (120) held on for a 9-0 victory by decision.
Those three victories helped secure a 38-30 Jacobs win in a Fox Valley Conference dual.
“I just remember going in and knowing that we’re down, and I’ve got to help the team out, try and go out hard,” Ward said.
Ward, a sophomore, said it can be hard to push out the emotions in a close dual.
“I just have to get myself in the right mindset,” Ward said. “I get with a couple teammates, warm up with them. Just kind of zone everybody else out.”
Jacobs coach Gary Conrad felt his team struggled to keep its emotions in check early in a meet that started at 132 pounds.
“We were flat at the beginning,” Conrad said. “A lot of our guys got tired, let their emotions get the best of them, and you could see it on the mat. You can’t wrestle with emotion.”
Jacobs (12-7, 5-2 FVC) kept pace in the battle for second in the FVC. Huntley, with a win over Hampshire on Thursday, already locked up its third straight conference title.
Along with pins from Braet and Ward, Jacobs had a pin from Ryan Golnick (195). Peters (120), John Ridle (145), Dominic Tenauyca (152) and Gabe Rolle (182) won via decision. Jake Harrer (132) won by forfeit.
“Bonus points matter big time,” Conrad said. “They kind of cover our holes a little bit, so it was good. Good finish, slow start. But we’ll take it.”
C-G drops to 4-3 in FVC duals. Trojans coach Will Petersen said his team has been battling illness lately. C-G was without three regular starters Thursday, which provided a chance for three newcomers.
Robbie Groos (170), Darnell Gordon (182) and Michael Sullivan (195) all earned their first varsity starts.
“I had three kids come up to me and ask, ‘Can I wrestle my first varsity start tonight?’” Petersen said. “It was hard to say no. They work so hard.”
Groos, a freshman, earned a second-period pin for his first varsity win.
“That’s a 12-point swing,” Petersen said. “We were going to forfeit six, and then he gets a six. That at least gives the guys hope.”
Gordon and Sullivan both lost their matches, although Gordon avoided a pin.
In addition to Groos and McNeal at 285, C-G had pins from Noah San Juan (126) and Charlie Gruen (138). Brad Peters (160) and Joey Swanson (220) won by decision.
STAR OF THE MEET
Jacobs, so., 106
Ward recorded a pin in the 106-pound match against Cary-Grove’s Miguel Mendez, which started a streak of three straight wins for Jacobs to lock up a Fox Valley Conference dual victory.
3: Three Cary-Grove wrestlers made their first varsity start: Robbie Groos (170), Darnell Gordon (182) and Michael Sullivan (195).
AND ANOTHER THING …
"They exploited us there in the beginning," Jacobs coach Gary Conrad said. "Toward the back half, our guys wrestled well."
Jacobs 38, Cary-Grove 30
106: Ward (Jac) p. Mendez (C-G), 2:43.
113: Braet (Jac) p. Velasco (C-G), 1:27.
120: Peters (Jac) def. C. Suyko (C-G), 9-0.
126: San Juan (C-G) p. Ja. Ridle (Jac), 1:20.
132: Harrier (Jac) by fft.
138: Gruen (C-G) p. Sobrepena (Jac), 4:37.
145: Joh. Ridle (Jac) def. Abrams (C-G), 14-8.
152: Tenayuca (Jac) def. P. Suyko (C-G), 7-2.
160: Peters (C-G) def. Roberts (Jac), 8-2.
170: Groos (C-G) p. Beatty (Jac), 3:55.
182: Rolle (Jac) def. Gordon (C-G), 9-1.
195: Golnick (Jac) p. Sullivan (C-G), :49.
220: Swanson (C-G) def. Burdi (Jac), 5-4.
285: McNeal (C-G) p. Carlos (Jac), :46.