Barry's journey back to the mat

Adams Central's Jack Barry reacts as teammate Dylan
Gilliland wrestles a semi-final match of the Class B, District 3
meet Saturday at Adams Central. Barry broke his right hand
in early January but returned to the mat after having
surgery and will compete in the state meet in Omaha.

One month ago, Adams Central wrestler Jack Barry was told the recovery time for his broken hand was going to keep him out of competition for six to eight weeks.

The problem with that was the Patriots' district tournament was just four weeks away.

Barry did not accept this news. He told his doctor that he was going to be on the mat for districts, one way or another.

On Jan. 11, in Adams Central's first competition of 2014, Barry found himself in the quarterfinals of the High Plains invitational after winning each of his previous four matches in day one of the tourney.

Barry was wrestling Schuyler's Arturo Chavez when one takedown nearly derailed his senior season.

"As I took him down, I had so much tape on my thumb from being hurt from football that it just collapsed on it and when the kid fell on it, it snapped the bone up," Barry said. "I ended up finishing the match and pinning the kid, but I couldn't use my right hand."

The Patriots' 182-pounder could not wrestle in his final two matches. After the invite, Barry went to the doctor for an examination.

After Barry was told his projected timetable, he was not pleased with the news. After exploring other options, Barry elected to have surgery the Thursday following the injury.

"He told me, 'I can operate on it, and you'll have to deal with more long-term pain, like arthritis, later in life. But that will be the fastest way to get you back on the mat, is if we have surgery, open you up and put a plate in there and pin it back down,' " Barry recalled. "I said, 'That's what we're going to do, then.' "

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