If they're going to give you the opportunity to compete for a conference title, you might as well win it.
"It's nice for the kids," Jays coach Phil Cagle said after Jefferson City completed an undefeated duals run through Central Missouri Activities Conference foes with a 63-15 victory against the Rock Bridge Bruins at Fleming Fieldhouse.
"It's good to win, no matter what. That's what's important for the kids."
Jefferson City was 6-0 against its conference foes, winning the duals by an average of score of 63-15 to match Tuesday night's final.
"I'm really proud of these kids, they've done a good job," Cagle said. "We're lucky, we have a group of good kids. They allow me to coach the way I coach, I'm pretty old-school. I appreciate that about our kids.
"We care about them, if we didn't, we wouldn't get after them."
Jefferson City's best match of the night was the first one. The dual started at 160 pounds where Clayton Hurley of the Jays took on state-ranked Marquis McCaster of the Bruins, who won the title at the weight Saturday in the CMAC Tournament.
McCaster got a takedown with :15 left in the first period to take a 2-0 lead. After McCaster was penalized a point at the start of the second period, he got an escape to take a 3-1 lead into the third.
Hurley got an escape midway through the third period to cut it to 3-2, then McCaster was hit with another penalty point to tie the match at 3 and send it to overtime. McCaster then got a takedown in the extra period to post a 5-3 victory.
"That was Clayton's best match he's ever had in high school," Cagle said. "It was the best stance he's had, the best defense he had.
"He kept good fundamentals."
Will Berendzen of the Jays followed with a win by fall in just :13 at 170 before Michael Friederich won by fall in :38 at 182. Jakeil Hayes at 195 and Brady Connell at 220 followed with wins by forfeit to give Jefferson City a 24-3 lead.
Isaac Enloe of Jefferson City won 4-3 at 285. The Jays then won the next four matches by forfeit — Da'Juan Wallace at 106, Dominic Stafford at 113, Braden Werdehausen at 120 and Eli Tiberius at 126 — to take a 51-3 lead.
At 132, Hunter Walling lost by a second-period fall for Jefferson City, as did Anthony Seneker of the Jays at 138.
Joe Kuster then jumped out to an 11-0 lead in the first period at 145 for the Jays before winning by fall in 1:46.
"They moved their JV 138-pounder into the varsity, so Joe got a chance to see a varsity kid," Cagle said.
Jefferson City will take today off from practice before beginning preparations for the Class 4 District 6 Tournament.
"We will practice every day after that," Cagle said.
The Jays will host the tournament Saturday, Feb. 13.
"We can't grind too much, but we have to get them to peak for what is our second season," Cagle said. "I don't know if we hit our peak yet, that's still out there for us to achieve.
"The year is not over."
In Tuesday night's JV dual, Jefferson City defeated Rock Bridge 54-12.
Jefferson City defeated Rock Bridge 42-18 in Tuesday night's girls dual. All of the wins for both teams were by forfeit.
The Lady Jays will wrestle in the District 4 Tournament Friday and Saturday in Mexico. There is just one class in girls wrestling and Jefferson City is one of 20 schools in the district tournament.