By Jeremy McDonald
KEIZER, Ore.– You couldn’t write a better script to a match than the one between Matt Jarding of McKay and Carlos Vincent of McNary at the 160-pound weight class during Thursday’s Dual.
For Jarding, it was the first time he’s been pushed like this all season long.
“This season, I haven’t had any matches like that, it was definitely the best match I’ve had,” said the Scots Grappler “He pushed me to my limits and that’s the only way I’m going to get better so I appreciate that I got some competition tonight and I’m just glad my conditioning and my skills were able to come out on top.”
To come to the 3-1 victory, it came down to the absolute last move before the buzzer rang as, for much of the match it was a gridlock and a very suspenseful match entering the final 40 seconds of the match tied at one apiece.
With the crowd behind them, one of these two great wrestlers had to make the move. As they worked towards the edge, Vincent did a takedown right on the cusp of being ‘in’ as Jarding made a saving move to make sure both wrestlers were out.
“There’s a lot going through your head,” described Jarding on the mindset of those last few seconds. “How your going to shoot, where your attack is going to be if your going to shoot, if your going to let him shoot, go behind or what.
“A lot of it comes from experiencing you’ve had and just having a natural reaction to things and I think that’s one of the number one keys to wrestling honestly.”
Thought he had it, Vincent got up and him and Jarding met in the middle again with time crept towards zero.
With about five seconds to go, Jarding made the finishing takedown move to squeak out with a 3-1 victory over the Celtics Vincent.
“It was crazy, he’s a good friend of mine,” said Vincent on the match. “We wrestle a lot but, I had it. I thought for sure it was a takedown. He’s a tough kid, a really tough kid, it was fun getting with him that was fun.”
As for the possible rematch come Districts? He’s looking forward towards it.
“I’m excited,” Vincent said with a smile. “I know I can beat him and he knows he can beat me, so it’ll be fun. It’ll be fun.”
But that’s not until February 17 as the match before was just as intense at 152 between David Rubio and McNary’s Wyatt Kesler.
It was a rematch of the 3rd-place match at Districts as Kesler denied the then freshman Rubio a chance to the State Tournament in his first year of wrestling and is highly likely to be another District match-up this year.
At the end of a very contested first period, Rubio was called for a violation to give Kesler a 1-0 lead as Kesler built onto it to start the second.
But it was Rubio who made the final move as Jarding did the match after him as he converted a take down into a pin to put McKay into the 24-21 lead as the sophomore avenged his District loss to Kesler.
“I’ve been motivated ever since he beat me, I had to get back and have to keep working hard,” said Rubio. “My main focus is to win a District Title and just wrestling hard and giving everybody a statement that if they wrestle me, that I’ll wrestle hard.”
To start the night of intense and fun, 126-pounder Shane Tennis in his pin victory dug deep within himself into a powerful takedown of Jerry Martinez as the senior put McKay up 18-6 through four matches.
“I don’t know, I think the slam put something in my head,” said Tennis on the slam. “It helped me win.
The slam led to the pin as the Scots defeated McNary 51-27, the Celtics are at home Friday versus North Salem and McKay will be at the Tigard Invitational this weekend.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald