McCraw moves within one win of No. 100
The Thomas Jefferson grappling Gryphons picked up several individual wins, including the 99th of Will McCraw’s career, but also suffered key pins down the stretch as they fell to Avery 57-18 Thursday night.
“Some kids wrestled great tonight, but we did not wrestle well as a team,” said head coach Jamie Hicks. “Avery is a good, much improved team, but they are not that much better than us. I have to say I am disappointed.”
After suffering two pins to start the match, Keaton Poole put TJCA on the board at 152 pounds. Trailing 2-0 after the first period, Poole used his quickness to score a reversal. Once control was gained, Poole was able to cover his opponent and garner a three-point near fall.
After Avery turned the same trick to leave the score tied at five, Poole managed a one-point escape to start the final frame. He then blocked several Viking takedown attempts and held on for the 6-5 win which cut the Gryphons overall deficit to 12-3.
After Michal Minder suffered a close loss, Coty Flynn answered with a quick pin in just 52 seconds at 182 pounds. Flynn was able to record the cover thanks to an ankle lock that allowed him to hook his opponent’s leg and therefore gained six points for the Gryphons.
Will McCraw followed with a closely contested 3-1 win in the 192 pound weight class. The match was tied at 1-1 when McCraw used a quick spin move to gain control of his opponent’s back for the decisive two point takedown with 22 seconds remaining in the match. McCraw’s victory allowed TJCA to pull within 15-12.
“What can I say about Will,” said Hicks. “We ask him to go out and win every night and that’s what he does. It’s amazing.”
After McCraw’s victory, however TJCA suffered defeats via pin or forfeit in the next three matches. Justin Haney picked up six points for TJCA when Avery did not fields a wrestler at 113 pounds, but Ryuki Deaton , Seth McCraw and Kalea Williams were all pinned while Emmanuel Wallace had to forfeit his match due to injury to account for the 57-18 final.
TJCA will take to the mats one final time this season as they host Madison on Tuesday night as McCraw will attempt to win the 100th match of his career. Match time is set for 6 p.m.