JOHNSBURG – With one win on his resume and getting put on his back two times in the first period, no one expected a comeback from Johnsburg’s Jarett Wolff in his match Thursday against Crystal Lake Central.
Wolff went further in the hole and got put on his back again to start the second period in his 145-pound match. But after getting an escape, Wolff took down and pinned Amelio Acevedo in 3:29.
That pin was a critical turning point in the match for the Skyhawks, who recorded six pins to win, 36-33, and hand the Tigers their first Fox Valley Conference Fox Division loss of the season.
Wolff said he had some hope going into the second period even though he was down, 10-5. While he was on his back a lot, he also got a takedown and earned back points against Acevedo.
“It just kind of happened,” Wolff said. “I was very confident. I knew I was going to win.”
Getting his second varsity win was big for Wolff, but helping his team win was even bigger.
“It means a lot for the team,” Wolff said. “We all work very hard.”
First-year Johnsburg coach Jon Murphy said Wolff, a senior, has wrestled mostly on junior varsity but has been an important part of the team.
“[Wolff’s] the only kid in this entire program that’s been here four years,” Murphy said. “He’s battling to stay on the team. He believes in the process of what we’re doing.”
Another unlikely winner for the Skyhawks was Brandon Hasenbuhler, who got a pin at 120. Hasenbuhler was originally scheduled to wrestle at 113, where he would have received a forfeit. The Tigers’ Brandon Tomasello was scheduled to receive a forfeit at 120.
Murphy decided at the last minute to bump Hasenbuhler up, which resulted in six additional points rather than trading forfeits.
It was also Hasenbuhler’s first match of the season after becoming academically eligible Wednesday. Murphy said he had considered cutting Hasenbuhler but decided to give him another chance.
“Something told me to keep working with [Hasenbuhler],” Murphy said. “Sometimes the stars align.”
Even without any matches under his belt, Hasenbuhler said he felt prepared from his work in the practice room.
“I was a little nervous,” Hasenbuhler said. “We’ve been practicing a lot of situations, so I was ready for it.”
Having the support of his coach was even more important to Hasenbuhler.
“It means a lot,” Hasenbuhler said. “I’m glad he stuck with me. It was tough.”
Also getting pins for the Skyhawks were Trevor Krahel (106), Brandon Peshek (132), Andrew Calhoun (138) and Riley Buchanan (152).
Crystal Lake Central (4-1 in the FVC Fox) was missing five starters because of injuries but nearly came back with pins by Lenny Petersen (126), Mike Zelasco (182), Andrew Marsden (220) and Connor Hines (285).
Tigers coach Justen Lehr said the difference was giving up some pins they shouldn’t have.
“I give their kids credit. They won matches we should have won,” Lehr said. “You’ve got to find a way to stay off your back.”