JORDAN — Jordan-Elbridge is close to filling out the weight classes.
The Eagles won five of the nine matches on the mat, accepted four forfeits and only gave up two weight classes, as the Jordan-Elbridge wrestling team beat Otselic Valley, 54-33, at Jordan Middle School Wednesday.
“We’ve got a couple guys out hurt and when we get them back, we’ll cover every weight class but 220,” Eagles coach Kurt Alpha said. “If we cover every weight class, I like our chances against a lot of these teams in our league.”
Jordan-Elbridge’s Brandon Stoltz (138), Cameron Langhorn (182) and Josh Roberts each won by first period pin.
Landry LaFleur pinned his opponent with 23.9 seconds left in the middle period. The 160-pounder has been on a winning streak since falling to Auburn’s Hunter Duger in the first match of the season.
“That was his first match of the year and he hasn’t lost since,” Alpha said. “He was 5-0 up at the APW tournament and he had a nice pin against a solid kid tonight. He’s a consistent performer and I can count on him.”
Jared Alpha won the final match of the night with a first period pin in the 126 pound weight class.
“He’s 7-0 on the year and off to a good start,” Kurt Alpha said of his son. “He’ll take some lumps here shortly — it’s a tough weight class — but so far, so good with him.”
So how did Jordan-Eldridge go from not having a varsity team to boasting one of the biggest local rosters in a matter of a few years?
“A lot of recruiting and a lot of work,” Alpha said. “We run a pee wee program and I push into the gym classes. I think that helps our modified program, because I get in front of the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth graders. I expose them to the sport and show them what it’s all about, and that’s helped our numbers at the modified level. We’re young, so hopefully we’ll keep our numbers up for a while.”
Otselic Valley 36, Cato-Meridian 29
Cato-Meridian recorded four pins and a technical fall, but the Blue Devils had to take three forfeits in the loss to the Vikings.
The Blue Devils’ Ethan Scanlon (160) and Nick Schmitt (285) recorded first period pins, while Tyler Beaudoin (138) pinned his opponent in the second period.
Harry Sherman (220) was behind 7-4 heading into the third but started the period on top. The senior wrapped up his opponent 15 seconds into the final frame.
“When he executes, he’s really tough,” Blue Devils coach Dan Butler said. “He executed that, took him to his back and pinned him. He fought hard throughout the whole match. He got caught there in the beginning and fought off his back.”
Hunter White (132) jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the first period, had a 15-5 advantage after two and took a 23-8 lead to end the match at 5:19. The junior scored four takedowns in the first period alone, but was fine with letting his opponent back up.
“When you wrestle guys who are funky and can throw crazy stuff, you don’t need to be rolling on the mat with them,” Butler said. “Also, when you get to the highest level, whoever gets the takedown is usually going to come out with the win. We always try to work on being good on our feet and the only way to get that practice is by doing it in matches.”
The Blue Devils have a young team, which includes a pair of freshmen and five sophomores on their 10-person roster.
“They have progressed a lot,” Butler said. “Our two freshmen, Ethan Divelbliss and Scanlon have definitely improved a lot, and if they keep doing what they’re doing, they’re going to be fine.”
Cato-Meridian will participate in the Penfield Hunter Holiday Tournament on Saturday.
“They’re going to see some legit kids there,” Butler said. “It’ll be good for our better kids, and an eye-opener for the younger kids.”