The Jeffs are sending a record breaking eight state qualifiers to Omaha. The state meet is taking place Thursday, Feb. 15-Saturday Sat, Feb. 17 taking place at the CenturyLink Center.
There’s no doubt about it, the 2016-17 wrestling season has been quite the memorable season. Five boys earned their spot onto the 100 win club this year, doubling the count since the 1960s, as well as Damian Green ’17 breaking the overall career win record.
The achievements don’t just stop there. This year eight Jeffs broke the previous record of seven state qualifiers which was set in 2015-16. This record tied the previously set record in the 2012-13 season.
Wrapping up the wrestling season, The Jeffs will head to Kearney next weekend, and participate in the state duals for the first time in Jeff history.
The Fairbury Lady Jeffs basketball team traveled to Seward on Feb. 13 to take on the Wilber/Clatonia Wolverines in subdistricts. The teams had already met twice in the regular season with the Lady Jeffs winning both games.
Fairbury got off to a hot start offensively and led by a score of 17-13 after the first quarter. Wilber was able to stay in the game and tied the game at 48-48 to end regulation. During overtime the Lady Jeffs outscored the Wolverines to squeak out a 55-53 victory.
The Lady Jeffs again travel to Seward to compete in subdistricts on Feb. 14. They will face off against Malcolm.
On Friday, Feb. 10 the Fairbury Boys Basketball team played host to the Schuyler Warriors. The Jeffs jumped out to an early lead and led by a score of 26-23 at halftime. Schuyler fought their way back into the game and tied the score at 49-49 to end regulation.
The Warriors outscored the Jeffs in overtime to knock off the Jeffs by a final of 57-53. Adam Wasserman ’18 led the Jeffs as he had 14 points and 9 rebounds. Blake Bauer ’17 also had a solid night as he contributed 13 points.
The next competition for the Jeffs is Feb. 17 as they host the Falls City Tigers.
On Tuesday Feb. 7 the Fairbury girls basketball team traveled to Seward to take on the Lady Jays. After one quarter of action the Lady Jeffs led by a score of 8-7. However Seward outscored Fairbury in the second quarter to take a 20-11 lead into halftime.
Seward also outscored the Lady Jeffs in the second half to win the game by a final score of 50-30. The next competition for the Lady Jeffs is Feb. 10 as they host Schuyler.
The Fairbury Boys Basketball team took part in the Southern Nebraska Conference basketball tournament this week. On Jan. 30 the Jeffs hosted Wilber/Clatonia in the first round of the tournament.
The Jeffs dominated the game from the beginning as they led by a score of 18-8 after the first quarter and won the game by a final score of 55-37. Tanner Novotny ’17 led the Jeffs in scoring as he finished with 19 points.
On Jan. 31 the Jeffs headed to Sutton to take on the Mustangs for the second round of the conference tournament. Sutton led by a score of 31-23 at the half. The Jeffs couldn’t overcome the deficit and lost by a final of 62-40.
The next action for the Jeffs is Tuesday, Feb. 7 as they travel to Seward to take on the Bluejays.
On Saturday, Jan. 21 the Fairbury wrestlers headed to Plattsmouth to take part in the Plattsmouth Invite. The invite was a big one that had 14 teams and showcased some top teams from Class A and Class B.
Fairbury finished fourth in the team rankings and had eight medalists on the day. The Jeffs had five wrestlers claim runner up and both Damian Green ’17 and Jacob Johnson ’18 earned first place finishes.
Johnson earned his 100th career victory when he pinned Josh Francois from Bellevue East. He became just the eighth wrestler in Fairbury history to reach 100 career wins.
On Jan. 25 the Fairbury Jeff wrestling team hosted their first home event as they took on the Central City Bison in a dual. The Jeffs earned the victory as they won the dual by a final score of 53-28.
A highlight on the night occurred when Anthony Moyer’ 17 earned his 100th career victory and become just the ninth wrestler in Fairbury history to reach 100 wins. Moyer pinned Shad Quintanilla from Central City in the first period to reach this milestone.
The next action for the Jeffs Wrestling team is Friday Jan. 27 as they host their home invite.
With back breaking work comes record breaking results. Not every year does a record get broken, but this year is a different story.
Recently Damian Green ’17 broke the high school record of 118 wins. The record was previously held by Joshua Moody ’13. The wrestlers traveled to Nebraska City Jan. 14 for a tournament. Green was sitting at 114 wins going into the tournament. He went 5-0 ending with a record breaking total of wins at 119.
“Damian is 100% self motivated. That’s why he’s had the success he’s had,” Head Wrestling coach Derek Garfield said.
With his determination Damian reached his 100th career win early on in the season, pushing him to break the record.
“When I got to 100 [wins] coach told me I was close [to the record] so I worked to surpass it…” Green said.
Not a lot of athletes can say they had a record breaking career in high school.
“I train everyday, weights in the morning… traveling across the country in the off season for tournaments.” Green said.
On Jan. 10 the Fairbury Jeffs wrestling team traveled to Wilber to compete in the Blue River Riot. The Blue River Riot consisted of Fairbury, Seward, West-Point Beemer and Wilber/Clatonia.
Despite having only four teams present, the tournament hosted big matches, featuring some of the state’s best wrestlers. The biggest match on the night for the Jeffs was Paul Mach ‘17 facing off against Riley Homolka of Wilber/Clatonia in the 285 pound weight class.
Homolka entered the match as the top ranked heavyweight in Class C. Mach earned the upset as he beat Homolka by a final score of 3-2.
Going into the match head Fairbury wrestling coach Derek Garfield saw the match as an opportunity.
“My first thought was that it was a huge opportunity to wrestle one of the best in the state…in the past Paul and Riley have gone 1-1,” coach Garfield said. “Two years ago Paul beat Riley and last year Riley was able to repay him.” Coach Garfield said.”
Being able to beat one of the best wrestlers boosted Mach’s confidence, who currently sits at 24-2 on the season.
“It makes me feel good,” Mach said. “It makes me feel confident in my abilities.”
Even after knocking off the top ranked wrestler in Class C, both Coach Garfield and Mach plan to continue improving as the season progresses.
“It means we are doing the right things in practice . . . we expect to get better everyday and we have to keep improving,” Coach Garfield said.
The win didn’t change Mach’s approach or the team’s as they head into the latter part of January with the goal of wresting their best in February.
“Just keep wrestling the way I wrestle and hopefully good things will happen,” Mach said.