FAIRBURY – The Beatrice wrestling team got a lead on Fairbury early and was able to hold them off late in a dual Thursday night.
The Orangemen defeated the Jeffs 39-27 at Fairbury High School. It was a dual that wasn’t decided until the second to final match of the night.
Beatrice Coach Jordan Johnson said he was happy they were able to get out of there with the win, considering the circumstances.
“We didn’t have our starting 220 tonight, so we were kind of changing things around,” Johnson said. “I thought all the kids responded. I challenged them hard yesterday and I think they responded really well.”
Beatrice’s smaller wrestlers got things off to a good start. Tanner York gave Beatrice a 6-0 lead when he scored a pinfall win over Autumn Branson in the 106-pound division.
Drew Arnold then followed that up with a pinfall win over Fairbury’s Brock Reed in the 113-pound division to extend the Beatrice lead to 6-0.
“Drew and Tanner practice every day together, so they really set the tone for us,” Johnson said. “It’s a good place for us to start, but I think all of our guys battled really hard.”
In the 120-pound division, Carson York got Fairbury on the board when he managed a 4-1 win over Beatrice’s Will Reimer.
Kaleb Dayhuff was able to extend the Beatrice lead to 18-3 when he pinned Fairbury’s Quinton Gwinn in the 126-pound division.
In the 132-pound division, Ben Garland notched a hard fought 9-5 win over Fairbury’s Austin Barnts to make the score 21-3.
“Ben gave him some early reversals early in the match that threw him off his game,” Johnson said. “But he responded well like a senior should and controlled much of the match. He was able to settle down and finish the match.”
In the 138-pound division, Logan Slater notched a pinfall win over Beatrice’s Quintin Hartig to cut the deficit to 21-9, but Dylan Bassinger got three of those points back when he got an 8-6 decision over Fairbury’s Devin Holliday in the 145-pound division.
In the 152-pound division, Beatrice’s Coleton Williamson notched a pinfall win over Jesse Graves of Fairbury, extending the Orangemen lead to 30-9.
In the 160-pound division, Fairbury’s Marshall York got a pinfall win over Beatrice’s Jacob Cude to make it 30-15.
Fairbury’s Ace York got a win by forfeit in the 170-pound division to make it 30-21.
In the 182-pound division, Jason Stevens got a big pinfall win over Fairbury’s Seth Firmanik to extend the Beatrice lead to 36-21.
“Jason really does his thing,” Johnson said. “He’s kind of wild the way he wrestles and gives me a few gray hairs, but he’s always going hard and a lot of times, he ends up on top.”
In the 195-pound division, Fairbury’s Zach Reikofski got a pinfall win over Beatrice’s Aaron Shumaker to make it 36-27 and keep Fairbury’s dual hopes alive.
But at 220, stepping in for Jerad Humble, Zach Markey was able to win a 6-3 decision over Fairbury’s John Kerwood to extend Beatrice’s lead to 39-27.
That win was much needed as Fairbury’s Trent Grizzle was able to cap the night with a pinfall win over Trenton Hinton to make the final score39-33.
“Zach Markey’s win was huge,” Johnson said. “He’s our back up 195-pounder, so for him to get bumped up a weight class and get a win like that was a really great job.”