In this year of adjustments,
wrestling Jay hoping for best
Dec. 17, 2020
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. --- The Jefferson City Jays wrestling room is like a steamy greenhouse without the glass ceiling and sunshine.
It can be a bacteria's play house, a dream home for germs.
"One of the best things we've done is to buy a machine that basically cleans and disinfects the room, it's on about 24 hours a day," Jays coach Phil Cagle said. "It takes that stuff out of the air, it even takes it off your skin.
"It's really working well."
Originally, it was purchased to battle one of a wrestlers' maladies, ringworm, along with other skin infections.
"We haven't had a case of ringworm yet," Cagle said.
Call this fortunate foresight --- very fortunate --- because the machine is also apparently handling the much bigger problem in 2020.
"We try to get as much done as we can in a shorter time," Cagle continued. "And we're not cutting as much weight, because we don't want the kids to get sick and wear the body down.
"The kids just want as normal a life as they can get, just like everybody else."
"Wrestling is still wrestling," Cagle said, "you have to learn the moves."
"That's something we've done for about the last 10 years," Cagle said. "We've gone to Oklahoma, Kentucky, Tennessee, Minnesota ... it's something the kids really look forward to.
"I really feel bad for our senior class that they're not going to have that experience."
In addition, the field for this season's annual Capital City Tournament in January has been
"He's unorthodox," said Cagle, who's in his 21st year with the Jays, the last 10 as head coach. "He's a tall kid but he's really flexible, so he can hit some moves that most people can't hit.
Apparently, Aulbur is just entertaining off the mat as he is on it.
"He's one of the funniest kids you'll ever be around your entire life," Cagle said. "He's hilarious, he's really smart, he makes great grades.
"Anytime I'm taking myself a little too seriously, he can bring me back to reality."
All of us want to get back to reality, much sooner than later.
Jefferson City's 220-pound senior Brant Aulbur, shown here getting a pin during Saturday's Missouri Duals at Helias, finished third in the state tournament last season.