A fine -- and fitting -- finale: Jacob Prunty gets pin as Trojans wrestle to win over Adrian
WORTHINGTON — Jacob Prunty has been around the Worthington wrestling program for as long as he can remember.
On Friday, the senior — and son of head coach Mark Prunty — wrestled in his final home match.
And fittingly for the decorated wrestler, it was a pin for Jacob and a victory for the Trojans.
“It’s hard. It’s really hard,” Jacob said. “I’ve been coming here since I was 1 or 2 years old, coming here sitting on the bench and watching. I remember sitting with the cheerleaders, cheering with them when I was like 3 and sitting on the bench next to my dad. Just dreaming about coming here and wrestling with the high school team. And now it’s already over. Obviously, we still have sections coming up, but in Worthington it’s already over.”
Worthington defeated Adrian 48-19 on Friday night.
“I thought we went out there and wrestled very well,” Jacob said. “We’re starting to pull together at the right time of the year. It’s still not quite our full team, but we’re showing some good signs right now, so I’m excited.”
The Dragons opened the dual with three straight wins. Jesus Anaya earned a 4-2 decision at 106, Logan Taylor won 12-2 at 113 and Isaac Bullerman earned a 7-0 decision at 120.
“At 106 to 120, we knew it would be tough,” Mark Prunty said. “Those are some solid kids Adrian is going to put out on the mat. A positive things from those matches was that we lost, but when it was all said and done, it was only 10 points up on the board.”
It was then WHS started to turn the corner. At 126, Erik Artiga won by fall in the final seconds of the first period to get the Trojans on the board.
“I got told to be aggressive from the coaches,” Artiga said. “This is our last match, so I went out there confident, going, ‘I’m going to beat this kid and if I can, get a pin off of it.’”
Artiga was ahead 4-1 after a pair of takedowns, and won by fall with four seconds remaining.
“I looked at the time and there was only 14 seconds,” Artiga said. “It took me a second to think about it, the first thing I said was, ‘I have 13. Let’s go ahead and use it.’ And it happened. With four seconds left, I heard the mat hit and I was like, ‘OK, good.’”
Prunty followed with a pin at 132.
“After a super dominant performance right in front of you — and he’s done that a lot where he’s gone out and pinned the kid right before me — it gets you hyped up and excited to get out there,” Jacob said. “You are like, ‘Man, hear the crowd and they cheered for that and I want the same thing.’”
He was leading 17-6 in the second period before recording a fall in 3:37.
“It’s my last match in Worthington,” Jacob said. “I wanted to build a big enough lead to where if I got thrown or something, it wouldn’t affect the score and I’d still win.”
Lay K Paw followed with a 6-4 decision at 138, giving WHS a third straight win as it took a 15-10 lead.
“It felt good because I’ve been wrestling up a weight for the last two or three matches. This time I wrestled my weight and it was better. I was in more control,” Paw said. “In the third period, he got a takedown and there was a little bit of pressure. If he got another takedown, it would have been tied and I could have lost.”
Chandler Combs gave the Dragons a 9-3 decision at 145 before Adrian was open in the next four weights.
At 195, Worthington’s Marco Herrera won 7-2. The Dragons were also open at 220.
“We’re just trying to make wrestlers and good young men out of the boys,” AHS head coach Gregg Nelson said. “That’s where we’re at right now. It’s a building process. I’m happy with the way we wrestled tonight. Worthington had some good matches for us on JV and varsity. It was a good night of wrestling. I wish we could have filled more, but it’s coming.”
At 285, Adrian’s Scot Edwards won by fall in 1:54.
The Trojans begin the Section 3AA tournament Thursday in Fairmont against New Ulm.
“The good thing about our team is we’ve wrestled in the last four section finals,” Jacob Prunty said. “We know the atmosphere. We know how to wrestle in the postseason, which is really good. I think we’ll pull together and I think we’ll surprise some people.”106- Anaya (A) dec Schutz 4-2; 113-Taylor (A) dec Abdulrahman 12-2; 120-I. Bullerman (A) dec Lais 7-0; 126-Artiga (W) pin Canales 1:57; 132-Prunty (W) pin Hokeness 3:37; 138-Paw (W) dec Nelson 6-4; 145-Combs (A) dec Hennings 9-3; 152-Donkersloot (W) by forfeit; 160-Bickett (W) by forfeit; 170-Mullaney (W) by forfeit; 182-Byrne (W) by forfeit; 195-Herrera (W) dec B. Bullerman 7-2; 220-Neuberger (W) by forfeit; 285- Edwards (A) pin Russell 1:54