McClain head coach Shane Paul celebrates his 100th career coaching win with members of the McClain Tigers wrestling team. (Photos by Paul Boggs/Vinton Jackson Courier)
McClain head coach Shane Paul celebrates his 100th career coaching win with members of the McClain Tigers wrestling team. (Photos by Paul Boggs/Vinton Jackson Courier)
On Thursday, the McClain wrestling team took Route 35 to Jackson for the fourth week of the Frontier Athletic Conference duals, where the Tigers won in the final couple matches to gain a 35-34 victory over the host Jackson Ironmen.

The match also saw McClain head coach Shane Paul gain his 100th career match win as the head coach of the Tigers.

The Tigers and the Ironmen both entered the night tied at 2-1 in league duals. With Vinton County joining, this became a tri-match.



In Round 1, the FAC matchup started with Jackson hosting the Tigers. In a match that changed leads eight times, along with one tie, the great dual match was full of excitement leading all the way up to the very final match.

In the final match, Kai Borrelli (285) of McClain was able to score a four-point major decision to put the Tigers up 35-34 and rack up another league dual victory.

The Tigers are now 3-1 in league duals.

With the victory against Jackson, Kade Rawlins (220) became the first Tiger to reach the 20-win mark on the season, as he is currently 20-1 overall.

In Round 2, the Tigers led the entire 14-weight class match and won 48-24 against Vinton County. With that victory, the Tigers raise their team record to 7-1 overall on the year.

Lucas Jansen (120), with his two victories on the night, reached the career wins mark of 51, on pace to reach the 100-career wins plateau, as he is currently wrestling as a sophomore.

Also wrestling on the night for the Tigers and going 2-0 were Ethan Burns (113), Dawson Jansen (132), Jacob Krafthefer (138), Quinton Smith (145) and Tanner Tite (170).

Phil Waters (182) and Kyler Trefz (195) both split even at 1-1. Aidan Salyers (126) twice bumped up a weight class to fill an open slot and fought hard for his team.

Up next for the Tigers is the last week of conference duals with a home match against Hillsboro on Thursday, Jan. 17. Paint Valley will join in to make it a tri-match.