What a day it was for the SW wrestling program on Saturday at Jay County High School!! I almost don’t know where to begin in trying to sum up the day it was for these guys! The guys set the tempo for the day and came out sharp and ready to wrestle in round 1. At 145lbs. William Fiechter started the day with a 16-0 tech fall over his Yorktown opponent and Josh Beeks followed that at 152lbs. with a fall over Gavin McComb of Monroe Central in a time of 3:07. Jed Perry wasted little time pinning his opponent from Winchester in only :42. Not to be out done Jacob Duncan finished his Muncie Central opponent, Titus Waters, with a first period fall in a time of 1:14. This round was the one that sent the guys to semi-state and guaranteed them another week of wrestling!
The semi-finals have been a good round for us all season long, and the guys didn’t disappoint as all 4 punched their ticket into the Regional Championship match. Fiechter picks up a major decision over South Adams foe A.J. Dull with a score of 13-4. Josh Beeks was uncertain going into the tournament if he would be able to continue to wrestle through the tournament with a knee injury that was re agitated last week in the Sectional Finals. Not only did Josh continue to wrestle but he was a man on a mission! Josh gets a huge pin win over Nick Wells of Union City in a time of 2:22 to advance. Jed Perry made quick work of Bellmont’s Isaac Friedt picking up another pin on the year in just :34. Jacob Duncan was wrestling Carter Seifring of Bellmont in the semi finals and finished with a fall of his own in 3:31.
That setup one of the most magical rounds of wrestling that I have been apart of. Wrestling is a sport about overcoming adversity and finding a way to preserve when challenges are put in front of you and these guys put on a show for everyone in attendance at the Jay County Regional! It all got started for SW at 145lbs. as a not so uncommon opponent for Fiechter, Alex Currie of Adams Central made it back into the championship match setting up the 4th match of the year between these two. Currie came out with a great strategy setting Fiechter back on his heels a little and finding himself down 7-4 going into the 3rd period. Fiechter was able to get a quick escape and takedown to tie up the match 7-7 but had a decision to make. Does he attempt to ride Currie out and go into overtime or does he give Currie the escape and look to score the winning takedown in regulation? Fiechter opted to give up the escape with 1:00 left in the match to give Currie the lead at 8-7. It wasn’t until 20 secs. to go that Fiechter was able to get to his attacks and seal the match with a late takedown to win his 3rd Regional title with a come from behind 9-8 decison. After that thrilling match Josh Beeks had a rematch of the Sectional finals from a week ago against Norwell’s Gage Schuckman. Josh fell by pin last week, but that’s what is great about this sport…that was last week. Josh wrestled one of the smartest most complete 6 minute matches I have seen in his 4 year career, as he picks up a convincing major decision 11-0 to pick up his first Regional Title! At 160lbs. we finally seen Jed have to wrestle over 1 minute but continued to dominate as he picks up a 14-4 major decision win over his opponent Lucas Fox of Delta. Jed also picks up his first Regional Title and heads into Semi-State with a lot of momentum and confidence that he can wrestle with anyone in the State at 160lbs. Last but not least, Jacob Duncan continues to put together one of the greatest Senior seasons I can remember. Dangerous Duncan as he likes to go by now, shows why he has been given that name. Duncan picks up 3 wins by pin and wins his first Regional title in a time of 1:05.
After a great day of wrestling Southern Wells as a team was able to finish in 4th place behind Bellmont, Delta, and Norwell. It was a day to remember and there will be plenty of time to do just that, but for this week it is back to the grind! These guys are 2 matches away from accomplishing one of the all time dreams of every high school wrestler, wrestling in the State Finals at Banker’s Life fieldhouse. One match, one point at a time but these guys are “Humble and Hungry” and we are so excited for this opportunity. Wrestling starts at 9:00a.m in the War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne this Saturday Feb. 15.