Ike wrestlers second at Falconer Tournament

Eisenhower’s Logan Jaquay locks up Falconer’s Brodie Little during their 113-pound match at Falconer Central School, Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. Jaquay took down Little multiple times in the first period before putting his shoulders to the mat in the second.

FALCONER, N.Y. – With their dual match at Union City postponed Wednesday, Eisenhower wrestlers put the extra day of practice to good use.

The result was 10 of 13 wrestlers reaching the semi-finals and a second place team finish at the Falconer Tournament Saturday. Six of those 10 reached the finals, and three took home individual first place titles.

“It was a pretty good showing overall,” Eisenhower coach Kris Black said. “The guys stepped it up a little bit this weekend. They wrestled well, wrestled aggressively and tried to score bonus points whenever they could. They were just getting after it this weekend.”

Logan Jaquay (113), Cael Black (195) and Joe Bauer (220) all won their weight classes. Easton Hedman (126), Garrett Head (145) and Alex Barnett (160) finished second.

Jaquay rolled through the tournament, picking up pinfall victories in every match and decking his finals opponent in the first period.

“Logan was dominant throughout,” Black said. “It was good for him. He bounced back from the Tool City Tournament.”

Bauer got a bit of payback from an earlier tournament, and Cael Black continued to show maturity beyond a typical freshman.

“Bauer beat the kid he lost to at the STWOA Tournament in the semis,” Black said. “And he wrestled a good match in the finals.

“Cael wrestled really well,” he continued. “He wrestled smart matches. He didn’t wrestle like a freshman.”

Despite falling in the finals, Black was equally as impressed with his three second place finishers.

“Barnett wrestled probably the best match I’ve ever seen him wrestle in the semis,” he said. “The kid he beat was solid, and he wrestled a controlled match. He had a really good tournament.

“Head was solid (throughout),” he added. “He beat the kid from Falconer that he lost to (during their dual match) and wrestled a good match in the finals. He just didn’t get enough points at the end.”

The Knights also had place winners in Gannon Jaquay (4th-132), Josh Bortz (3rd-138), Nate Holt (6th-152), Ethan Chambers (6th-170) and Jeramy Card (5th-285).

“Gannon wrestled really strong,” Black said. “He had a good tournament. Bortz is wrestling really, really well. He’s just getting better each time out. Nate had a really good tournament and Ethan is going to give you everything he has and goes all out.”

Card may have had the most impressive tournament of the bunch.

“Card could’ve been in the finals,” Black said. “He lost to the No. 1 seed by a point on a close call. He had a really good tournament, and legitimately could’ve been in the finals or top 3. He just seems to get better and gain more mat awareness each week.”

Falconer won the team tournament title with 248.5 points, while Eisenhower finished with 215.5.

The Knights have a tough road ahead this week. It starts with a trip to Region 3-leading and undefeated Union City (6-0 overall, 4-0 Region 3) Tuesday before hosting Corry (3-2, 3-2) in another Region 3 showdown. Black is hopeful the confidence gained in Falconer will carry over.

“The guys are starting to hit their stride right now,” he said. “I feel like we’re confident, but not arrogant. We know what we can do, it’s just about staying within ourselves and continuing to get better each week.”