JORDAN — Jordan-Elbridge outnumbered its opponent, but also handled business on the mats.
The Eagles won five of the seven matches and accepted six forfeits, as the Jordan-Elbridge wrestling team beat APW/Pulaski 66-21 at Jordan Middle School Wednesday.
Eagles coach Kurt Alpha knows just how lucky he is to be able to fill 14 of the 15 weight classes, and if everything goes as planned, should be able to have a wrestler in every class after the extra weight allowance at Christmas.
"We're making progress," Alpha said. "We really don't have great numbers, it just happens to be that I've got 17 kids on the team and able to fill out 14 of the weight classes. That's very unusual. Normally if you have 17 kids, you're going to have four (145) pounders, four (152) pounders and you're not going to have any lightweights or heavyweights. ... It just so happens that with 17 guys, they're all spread out and I can fill all but one weight. After Christmas, I'm expecting ... to have a full lineup."
Eagles 132 pounder Derek Quigley pinned his opponent with 23.1 seconds left in the first period, while his brother Marion Quigley (152) had his third-period rally come up just short in an 8-5 loss by decision. Marion was 6-0 coming into the match.
"He needs that kind of competition," Alpha said of Marion. "I told him we could've very well bumped him up and spread out our lineup, but he needs that type of competition to be ready for sectionals and the end of the year stuff. Both the Quigleys, and Landry LaFleur is solid at 182."
Cole Mullen (160), Cameron Newhook (170), Jared Lawrence (220) and Josh Roberts (285) also picked up first period pins.
Nolan Jackson (113), Christian Matthews (120), Landry LaFleur (182), Anthony Baron (195), Bryan Tanner (99) and Joey Wells (106) each received forfeits.
Alpha is cautiously optimistic about his team early in the season. While the Eagles currently fill out most of the weight classes, they're not particularly deep in any division and things could change quickly with any injuries.
"I preach to my kids every day before practice. I'll say 'Listen, you're my only 120 pounder' or 'You're my only 132 pounder. Without you it's a forfeit. You're so integral to this team and what we're trying to do this year,'" Alpha said. "I feel pretty good about our chances in the league because we fill weight classes and I've got some experience. I've got some fourth year seniors figuring things out and feeling pretty good about things."
The Eagles are in their fifth season back after not being able to field a varsity team. Alpha credits the rise of the community's pee wee program, which boasts dozens of athletes, as helping rejuvenate the program.
"It's just a lot of hard work with recruiting and networking with the kids to get their friends out," Alpha said.
Jordan-Elbridge (5-2) is back in action against Onondaga-Tully on Dec. 12.
"It should be similar to tonight. They've got a lot of holes too," Alpha said. "Our first four league opponents ... not only are we outnumbering them, but we have quality kids."