Jaquay earns state medal with 8th place finish at PIAA championships
HERSHEY – Eisenhower’s Logan Jaquay is officially one of the top wrestlers in Pennsylvania.
The Knight sophomore capped off a brilliant season on Saturday with an eighth place finish in his 106-pound weight class at the PIAA Class 2A Wrestling Championships at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Despite a 10-6 setback to Biglerville sophomore Blake Showers in the seventh place match, Jaquay finished his season with a record of 37-8, including 3-3 at the PIAA championships.
In the process, he became the first underclassman from Eisenhower to earn a state medal and the sixth wrestler in program history to do so.
“This is good for our program and great for Logan, being an underclassmen and first time there,” said Eisenhower coach Kris Black. “A lot of times it can be overwhelming, but he handled the pressure well.”
It was an impressive run for Jaquay, who lost his opening round bout and had to battle back and win three straight matches to earn his place on the medal stand.
“It’s not the best way to go about getting a medal by any means, but he battled back,” Black said. “Even in the match that got him to the podium, he was down early and just kept fighting through. He just found a way to get it done. I’m excited for him and couldn’t be happier.”
Jaquay, who is already over the 60-win mark in two years, will look to continue to build upon what he accomplished this season.
“I think he knows the sky’s the limit,” Black said. “I think his confidence level is going to be high. Logan’s the type of kid that isn’t going to rest on that. He’s going to work hard to get better. I think it’s going to be big for him and the guys around him.”
For senior Spencer Head, his season and Knight career ended just one win short of the podium on Friday.
“If you’re at the state tournament, you’ve had a great season,” Black said. “You couldn’t ask for a nicer kid to be around. He goes out of his way to talk to younger kids and be a role model in that way. It was sad to see him be done – I know he wanted to get there. Spencer has more than left his mark on the Eisenhower wrestling program. We appreciate him and can’t say enough good words about Spencer Head. His work ethic, demeanor and personality is going to take him a long way in life.”
The success has been a fun ride for the coaching staff as well.
“It’s nice for all the coaches,” noted Black. “The guys we have in the room, they put a lot of time in. We have a lot of volunteers, that don’t get any monetary benefit, but are making the team better. They spend a lot of time away from their families and do a lot of things to make our guys better.”
It’s that dedication across the board that has the Knights in a good position as a program moving forward, as they seek to build on a season that also included a fourth place finish in the District 10 team duals.
“It’s good for the program,” Black said. “As happy as I am for Logan, I’m equally as happy for the program and the guys who are working with him.”