Grapplers compete at state duals

On Saturday Feb. 25 the Fairbury wrestling team traveled to Kearney to compete at the NSAA State Duals. This was the first time in Jeff history that a Fairbury team has qualified for the state dual tournament.

The Jeffs went into the dual tournament as the eighth seed in the bracket and took on the first seeded, and eventual champions, Gretna Dragons. Fairbury had a tough time scoring points against Gretna and lost by a final score of 57-12. In the second dual of the day the Jeffs squared off against the Grand Island Northwest Vikings. The Vikings got off to a hot start and the Jeffs couldn’t recover as they lost 51-26.

The Jeff wrestlers finished their season with many impressive accomplishments and records. They qualified eight wrestlers for the state tournament, which was a school record. Over the course of the season five wrestlers earned their 100th wins. The Jeffs graduate four seniors from this year’s team.

Jeffs bring home some hardware from the State meet

The 2016-2017 wrestling season broke a lot of records. One of the many was sending eight wrestlers to the state meet breaking the record of seven tied last year and set in 2013. 

The Jeffs medaled three wrestlers. Damian Green ‘17 became the first Jeff wrestler to to wrestle in the finals since 2002. Green placed 2nd in 160.

Jacob Johnson earned 5th in 170, and Logan Slater earned 6th in 132.

Wrestlers who also qualified for the state meet include Austin Barnts ‘18 (126), Anthony Moyer ‘17 (152), Patrick Ondrak ‘17 (182), Zach Reikofski ‘18 (195), and Paul Mach ‘17 (285).

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Austin Barnts ’18 shoots the leg looking for control at the York invite. Barnts finished second in districts and was one of eight record-setting Jeff wrestlers to qualify for State.

Wrestling makes its mark in Jeff history

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.

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Patrick Ondrak ’17 wrestling 182
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Paul Mach ’17 wrestling 285
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Damian Green ’17 wrestling 160
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Anthony Moyer ’17 wrestling 152
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Jacob Johnson ’18 wresting 170
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Austin Barnts ’18 wrestling 126
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Logan Slater ’18 wrestling 132
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Zach Reikofski wrestling 195

Girls basketball earns subdistrict victory

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.

Warriors knock off Jeffs in overtime

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Fairbury coach Travis Steinhoff watches as his team takes on Schuyler during overtime. 

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.

Lady Jeffs fall to Seward

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Sara Huss ’20 looks to pass the ball against Seward. The Jeffs lost the game by a final score of 50-30.

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.

 

Boys Basketball competes in conference tournament

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.

 

Jeffs get fourth at Plattsmouth Invite

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.

Wrestlers defeat Central City in Dual

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.

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Anthony Moyer ’17 points to the crowd following his 100th career victory. Moyer is the ninth wrestler in Fairbury history to reach 100 wins.

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.

Green’s record breaking career

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Damian Green ’17 prepares his next move against his opponent from Seward. Photo by: R. Achtemeier

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.