Rock Bridge’s Jake Konrady didn’t think he had enough time. Konrady, a junior 189-pounder on the Bruins wrestling team. He surprised himself, though.
Crucial match for the Bruins
Rock Bridge beat Mexico 36-33 on Thursday night at Rock Bridge after Konrady overcame a late deficit to win what turned out to be a crucial match in the Bruins’ first dual meet victory of the season.
Down 9-7 with 6.7 seconds left in his match and the Bruins leading 27-21 with three matches to go, Konrady knew he could not afford to lose.
So he took down Mexico’s Kiefer Lowrance for two points to tie, then with only fractions of a second left, Konrady flipped Lowrance onto his back for two more points. The victory increased the Bruins’ lead to 30-21.
Rock Bridge didn’t secure the win until 103-pounder Justin Davis pinned his opponent in the final match. Though Davis’ pin brought the Bruins’ out of a 33-30 hole, coach John Kopnisky said Konrady’s match was the turning point.
“Jake pretty much clinched it for us there,” Kopnisky said. “At that point, we pretty much knew we had a good chance in beating them.”
Konrady said he was surprised that he still had a shot, albeit slim, to win the match.. He thought Lowrance had built up a sizable lead.
When Lowrance took a step back, Konrady looked at the scoreboard and saw he had 6.7 seconds left and was in a position to at least tie.
With five seconds left, Konrady said he could hear the gym’s decibel level rise and knew that his opponent was getting tired.
“So I shot in and was able to get him down,” Konrady said. “Then he opened up and it was enough for me to get him on his back and get the extra two (points).”
No "I" in "team"
Konrady said the crowd helped him catch his second wind, enabling him to win .
“They gave me that extra boost of energy,” Konrady said. “I knew I had all that support behind me and everyone believed in me. So I started believing in myself even more, and I took the match.”
In the next two matches, Mexico made things interesting. Bulldogs heavyweight Kevin Bunge and 215-pounder Nate Coffer got pins to give the Mexico a 33-30 lead heading into the final match. Despite trailing, Kopnisky and Davis seemed confident Davis would win.
“Justin’s been wrestling really well and doing exactly what he needs to be doing,” Kopnisky said.
Ronnie Sims (130 pounds), Kiffer Slate (135) and Brady Wilson (145) also won for the Bruins, while Kyle Lewis (119) and Taylor Crane (125) won by default.