Whateverbarriers that have stoodin front of Moline wrestler Adarios Jones this season have been knocked down to this point.|
On Friday night at Wharton Field House in the Class 3A Moline Sectional, he had to overcome,yet another barrier.
"It's very complicated," Jones said, not going into details but hinting that some sort of health issue was plaguing him as his team hosted this weekend's sectionals. "They don't know what's going on with me yet. It's undiagnosed andsomething relatively new. My problems have gotten worse, but I'm doing better job of controlling when they're coming on.
"It gets to a point where I say, 'all right, it's time for me to calm down. I'm starting to get there, but it'll take time."
Jones indicated it has been a lingeringproblem for him all season. With support of family, teammates and coaches, he says he has pushed through.
"I expected a lot this season," Jones said. "We've went above whatourstandards were at the beginning of the season. Coach (Todd) Thompson and my heavyweight coach have given me support through all of the health problems.I really want to thank them for it."
The health looked to be no problem in Jones' quarterfinal match as he earned a pinfall victory in 3:19.
"It was a pretty big win," Jones said. "To start off the sectional tournament, I wasn't feeling where I knew I should have been. Before the match, I was nervous, but yet, I was really excited. Everything went away after I won the match."
The junior had a bye in the preliminary round and had the opportunity to watch his teammates. Caleb Schnell (113) and Austin Vanscoy (170) win their matches by decision. Another Maroon, Dalton Stracner, was defeated by pin.
Schnell was defeated in the first consolation round by decision after losing in the quarterfinals.
"It just shows you that they're progressing," Thompson said. "Schnell came in and defeated a guy with 40 wins as a freshman in the first round. He doesn't care who he's out there with, he's going to go at them."
Thompsonadded on about Jones' contributions as a teammate.
"It's great and he's a great leader," Thompson said. "The kids look up to him. They seehis results and say, 'Wow, we want to be like him.' He'll take kids and work out with them and that's the part of Adarios Jones people don't see. The leadership is very quality. It's pretty much like having another coach on the team."
Jones is the last Maroon standing in hopes of capturing a sectional title.It willbe a tough. His first bout is with the No. 2 heavyweight in the state, Andrew Geers fromNeuqua Valley. Jones lost to Geers in last year's sectional quarterfinals, a stinging loss in which the Moliner was disqualified for allegedly biting his opponent.
"The match tonight meant so much to me, especiallybeing a pin," Jones said. "My preparation was great. I had my music and everything was going. Everyone knows the story betweenGeers and myself. Wehad problems last year and I wanted this rematch. I guess we'llsee what happens."