When Centerville’s Randy Jordan met Union County’s Wes Hertel at last month’s Connersville Spartan Wrestling Classic, the match went back-and-forth, back-and-forth before Jordan finally pulled off a pin in the third period.
The two met again to kick off Thursday night’s Tri-Eastern Conference dual meet at Centerville.
Once again, it was wrestling’s equivalent of a shootout — and it set the tone for the rest of the match.
Not that any less is expected when the TEC rivals square off.
Centerville came up on the winning side of a 47-28 dual-match victory, but both teams had six winners in head-to-head matches.
“When you get together with them (Union County), the dual is always going to be a good dual,” Centerville coach Mike Day said. “But just like I told my guys in the locker room, it’s just a dual meet. During the season, yes, you want to win, but we’re just trying to prepare for later in the year for the tournaments. That’s what I told them. Be happy you won, but it’s just a dual win. So don’t get too excited about beating Union County, because it’s just a dual.”
And a duel, too.
Jordan and Hertel tussled in the night’s opener with Hertel taking a 2-0 lead with a takedown. Jordan escaped, and Hertel made it 4-1 with another takedown.
Jordan finally reversed to get within 4-3, before using a nearfall for a 5-4 advantage.
A penalty cost Jordan a point, tying it at 5 after the first period. Jordan started the second period in top position, took a 7-5 lead with a nearfall, before Hertel tied it once more.
Jordan finally reversed for a 9-7 lead, before getting Hertel on his back for the victory.
“I just thought of Spartan and how he’s really good at takedowns, so, I mean, I couldn’t let it happen,” Jordan said. “I had to stick him before it got into that kind of mode. I just worked on top and on bottom. I just went hard. I knew I had to win for TEC seedings and I know I’m going to see him again at TEC, so I set the bar high.”
The bar was set from the first match.
UC’s Emilio Aquino-Morales earned a pin at 170, tying the dual at 6, before Centerville regained the lead via a Bryce Robinson pin at 182. Enrique Calderon (195) racked up six points via forfeit to make it 18-6 Centerville, before the Patriots tied it again with pins by Elisha Parker (220) and Clark Minges (285).
Another forfeit benefited the Bulldogs at 106, before Cam Coffman gave UC an 11-0 victory at 113.
Then another thriller benefited the Patriots, as Daniel McClurg edged Alston Jenkinson in a 120-pound overtime decision.
Jenkinson got the first takedown in the first period, before McClurg tied it with a reversal. That was all the scoring until McClurg managed a takedown about 20 seconds into the overtime period.
“That was a really big match for Daniel,” Union County coach Dan Briggs said. “Him and that kid have been wrestling each other for several years and it’s always been a close match. So it’s a good win for Daniel, but in another week we’ve got to do it again (at TEC tournament). Next week’s more important.”
McClurg’s victory gave the Patriots a 25-24 lead, but Javon Phillips (126) followed with a pin for Centerville, Isaiah Michales (132) added a tech fall, Dakota Tipton (138) had a 57-second pin and Joey Hale (152) finished with a Bulldog pin.
Levi Oswald (145) also won by decision for UC.
“We just made some mistakes and they were lethal mistakes — close mistakes that we can come back from. That’s what’s really affecting our team score,” Briggs said.