Head, Jaquay seek to cap terrific season at states

Eisenhower’s Logan Jaquay (left) and Spencer Head will compete at the PIAA wrestling championships in Hershey, beginning today.

It all comes down to this.

A journey that started in early November makes its final stop at the Giant Center in Hershey today-Saturday as the best wrestlers in Pennsylvania compete to earn the right to be called champion.

Eisenhower’s Spencer Head and Logan Jaquay are in the field and looking to cap their wildly successful seasons with a strong performance at states.

Head comes in to the 152-pound bracket sporting a 32-7 mark on the season. The senior has a chance to cap a career already boasting more than 100 wins, a section title and top-3 finish at districts with a state medal.

The road won’t be easy as Head opens with a preliminary round match against Northern Lebanon’s Stephen Herb (42-11). The winner gets the privilege of facing Southwest Region Champion Justin McCoy of Chestnut Ridge. McCoy sports a spectacular 42-1 record on the year and is ranked 11th in the country by Intermat.

Knights assistant coach Denny Johnson knows rankings can get thrown out at this point in the year.

“Once you get down (to Hershey), anything can happen,” he said after regionals.

While Head has the chance to finish his high school career in grand fashion, Jaquay has a different opportunity. He can show the state what those in District 10 already know, that he’s one of the best young wrestlers on the mat today.

The sophomore burst on the scene a year ago, compiling an impressive 28-14 record and earning a trip to regionals. He’s only gotten better this year, rolling to a 34-5 mark (giving him 62 career wins heading into the state tournament) winning a section title, and taking third at both districts and regionals.

“Logan is one of our hardest workers,” Johnson said. “Coming back through and taking third (at regions), he totally dominated the match after he got beat.”

Jaquay has the benefit of not wrestling a preliminary round match. He will face Benton’s Gable Strickland (28-9) in the first round. A win there sets a quarterfinal match with the winner between Quaker Valley’s Conner Redinger (35-1) and Mikey Myers (Williams Valley, 28-5)/Nathan Yagle (McGuffey, 32-18).

Action gets underway with preliminary and first round matches at 9 a.m. Those wishing to follow along with live updates can do so at arena.flowrestling.org.

For brackets, see Page B-4.