It was a similar performance by Jones who cradled Jake Gentile a couple times at 126 pounds, but couldn’t get the referee to slap the mat.
“The problem is, when you have a cradle locked like that and your body is blocking it, they’re always going to err on the side of caution because they can’t see for sure,” Post said. “It wasn’t like our guys weren’t trying. They were leaving it all out there. You saw Jones rolling across his back to try to get cradles and all kinds of crazy stuff.”
Jones settled for a 10-2 major, putting a damper on his 100th career victory.
“I really feel for Jonesy. It’s supposed to be a really special time to win your 100th match. Boy, he’s heartbroken right now and that’s not really fair,” Post said. “To win 100 matches at Phillipsburg in 3 years, there haven’t been many guys who could do that … He’s had a spectacular career.”
Jones’ result tied the team score at 20-20 with two bouts remaining. Kingsway’s Dakota Morris edged Bryce Parenti 1-0 at 132, and Cheney Kinner, brother of Ohio State wrestler Quinn Kinner, ended things with an 8-1 decision over Luke Hardin.