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Jones joins ‘100-Win Club’
Becomes eighth wrestler at EHS to reach Century Mark in wins
Although it was a bit anticlimactic the way it played out, Ephrata wrestler Austin Jones became just the eighth wrestler in program history to earn 100 wins.
The senior 106 pounder reached the milestone this past Friday in the Mounts’ regular-season dual meet finally at Warwick. While Jones would have preferred to have gotten it on the mat, because Warwick does not have a healthy 106-pounder, Jones settled for a forfeit win which got him to the Century Mark.
He now joins a distinguished group of former Ephrata greats that includes: Nick Rock (123-24); Shane Hyman (120-25); Nate Rock (119-28); Jason Frable (102-6-1); Pat Detweiler (102-41); Todd Dumas (101-30); and Tim Rice (101-31).
“Austin is a great example of how hard work pays off,” Ephrata Coach Josh Clair said Tuesday. “He started wrestling in 7th grade and has been motivated to be great. I couldn’t be happier to have a kid like Austin hit 100 wins. That is a great accomplishment and to only be the 8th person in school history says a lot.”
Jones came into his senior season needing 25 wins, and although he admits that he would have rather wrestled for number 100 instead of taking the forfeit, he’s proud of his accomplishment nevertheless.
“I was still happy to get it but I definitely would have liked a match,” Jones said Tuesday. “It’s obviously a big milestone. I’m only the eighth wrestler to do it in Ephrata history so it definitely does mean a lot. But I’m still focused on States this post-season. That’s a more important goal of mine right now.”
Jones, who plans to wrestle in college next year either at Messiah or Elizabethtown, said hard work was the key to 100.
“I would say it was my work ethic,” he said. “I’ve worked so hard ever since the summer before my freshman year. Ever since then I’ve been just putting in time. And I have a good support system…my coaches, my family and my teammates’ parents, that has really helped me out. I think that was the key.”
Despite getting forfeits in his last two bouts, Jones feels he’s heading into his final post-season with a bit of steam. A year ago, he placed second in sectionals before going 1-2 in his first appearance at Districts.
This year, he hopes for an even longer post-season run, one that eventually takes him to States.
“I haven’t really wrestled in a while but I feel good at practice physically and mentally,” he said. “I’m just going to go out there and do my best, and whatever is meant to happen will happen.”
In Friday’s team match vs. Warwick, the Mounts and Warriors were tied at 30-30 heading to the final two bouts. Unfortunately for Ephrata, Warwick earned a decision and got a pin in those two bouts to give the home squad a 39-30 team win.
In addition to Jones’ forfeit victory, Cameron Terry (113) and Josh Harple (138) both earned falls while Tyler Hart (126) and Kelvin Cruz (132) picked up decision wins.
The final win of the night was a forfeit win by Collin Brandt at 145.