CARBONDALE, IL—The A-J Junior Wildcats won a significant team award at the Carbondale Dog Fight youth wrestling tournament on January 12, 2014. For the first known time in the club’s history, it took second place in team scoring.
“I am so pumped!” exclaimed coach and vice president Jay Kisat after receiving the second place plaque. “This is a major accomplishment for our team.”
According to A-J’s varsity coach and former Junior Wildcats coach Eric Massey, this was indeed a significant moment in the team’s history.
“This may be a first for A-J Junior Wildcat Wrestling,” said Massey. “We never accomplished this in my six years there and I don’t believe Mike Delashmut did when he ran the junior program. Outstanding accomplishment!”
The team scoring was based entirely on final placing with teams selecting two wrestlers from each age division and two wildcards. With only seventeen wrestlers in attendance that day and more than half of them being first year wrestlers, being in the running for first or second place as a team was a surprise.
“Coach Kisat checked on the team standings before the final round and I was stunned when he told me we were in third place at that point,” said Hawk. “Once we knew that, it added a little extra urgency to our matches.”
The diversity of A-J’s team scoring selections was reflective of the team’s makeup.
“We had twelve kids selected for team scoring, including three girls and two first-year wrestlers. Madi had only won twice this year and Dalton had only won once but they both had a big day and finished second,” explained Hawk. “They were really there for their team when it counted.”
The team went 23-23 for the day. The Junior Wildcats also hosted a tournament on Saturday where the team went 45-83. The previous weekend the team went 25-47 at Murphysboro. They are at 200-282 overall for the year.
Complete results from the last two weeks are below.
|Overall Record||Murphy Open||A-J||Carbondale|
|Hawk, Madi||9&10||116.4||3||15||2nd, 4th||1||4||2nd||1||1|
|Kisat, Nathan||11&12||88.5||10||10||0||2||2nd, 3rd||3||3||5th||2||1|
|Macy, Alexa||13&14||118.2||2||8||0||2||2nd, 4th||2||4|
|Mays, Caleb||7&8||59.6||21||6||2nd||2||1||1st, 2nd||5||1||1st||3||0|
|Mays, Catie||13&14||98.3||14||13||3rd||2||1||1st, 3rd||4||2||5th||2||1|
|Sadler, Zoee||7&8||46.2||13||11||1||2||1st, 3rd||3||2||1st||3||0|
|Seip, Payton||9&10||90.0||1||15||0||2||3rd, 4th||0||5||0||2|
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