Jets remain undefeated after close win against New Haven

Jashawn Berlanga Adams Central
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DANE FUELLING
Staff Writer

MONROE — With three bouts remaining and his team clinging to a one-point, 28-27 lead, freshman Alex Currie made his debut in the Hangar as a varsity wrestler against New Haven senior Jett Rondot. The undefeated freshman left no doubt in the minds of the home fans with a second period reversal after Rondot chose top despite trailing 4-2, building a 13-2 lead before getting a fall in the final minute of the bout to propel the Jets to a 39-31 win over the Bulldogs.
Currie’s win was not a true clincher, however, as two bouts remained and the Jets led just 34-27. Elijah Chacon was all over Cayden Shaffer, tilting him four different times for 12 nearfall points in a 14-0 major.
With the score 34-31, AC called on their most experienced wrestler, Logan Mosser, to take care of business. Mosser scored four takedowns in the opening minute and built a 13-3 lead at the end of the first two minutes. As New Haven did all night, Cameron Mason came back and actually took down Mosser in the second, but the AC senior ended up with a 20-5 tech fall for the 39-31 win.
Logan Macklin started with a quick fall at 145 over Zack Bowman but the Bulldogs bounced back with a decisive 9-2 win at 152 from Coleton Junk. Junk left the mat disappointed when Trey Brunner scored a reversal at the end of the bout to keep it to a decision.
Things got interesting at 160 when Paul Faurote had New Haven’s Joe Burkley counting the proverbial lights (there was only one light on in the Hangar for the dual), but Burkley bridged out and reversed Faurote to his back. The shadows may have helped the Jets as official Keith Mughmaw had a hard time seeing anything on the outer edges of the mat all night. The first period ended 5-5 and Faurote took control from there, building up a 15-5 lead with seven second-period nearfall points before getting a third period fall.
“Paul has done a real nice job,” said head coach Tony Currie after the match, “He takes a tough attitude to the mat every time he goes out there. We needed that win when it was all said and done.”
Parker Bates gave the Jets a 16-3 lead with a 13-2 major and a series of quick pins and forfeits quickly put the score at 28-21 Adams Central. Jacob Saylor and Tristan Martz picked up fall wins for New Haven at 182 and 195, respectively.
Jashawn Berlanga got six points for Adams Central at 220, but Caleb Salinas overmatched Devin Lotter at heavyweight for a first-period fall.
A forfeit at 106 for New Haven was followed by a double forfeit at 113. Kaleb Peace could not find the right position to attack Aweston Hovis, falling behind 4-1. Peace didn’t give up, clawing back to 4-4 and eventually 6-6 in the third. Peace actually led 7-6 before Hovis took him down and got the late fall. That set up Currie and Mosser to clinch the dual.
Coming off the ACAC Duals title this past weekend, Currie was obviously disappointed with the Jets effort in letting an up-til-now lackluster New Haven team get as close as 39-31.
“It was probably our worst performance of the year, which followed our best performance (against Jay County). We had a letdown in intensity and fire. Every dual creates an opportunity for improvement. This dual will give us plenty of opportunities to improve.”
The Jets will focus their efforts on the Yorktown Super Dual on Saturday.
“We need to work both on attacking and defending the legs from the neutral position and getting out from bottom. We also can’t lose wrist control as easily as we did tonight.”
The Jets will have five duals on Saturday at Yorktown. Action will begin at 9 a.m.

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