BROADALBIN - Coming into Wednesday's Foothills Council match, both the Johnstown and Broadalbin-Perth wrestling teams were still searching for their first wins of the seasons.
Following a forfeit-filled match, the search is over for the Sir Bills, who posted a 41-39 win over the Patriots.
The win was the first for Johnstown under new coach Jim Rodecker, who took over the team after coaching previously at Fonda-Fultonville.
Johnstown’s Patrick Morrison, top, puts the finishing touches on his pinfall victory over Broadalbin-Perth’s Matt Colson during their 189-pound match?Thursday. Johnstown defeated Broadalbin-Perth in the Foothills Council match, 41-39. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
Johnstown’s Troy Palmer, back, picks up Broadalbin-Perth’s Abe Carey during their 112-pound match?Thursday. Johnstown defeated Broadalbin-Perth in the Foothills Council match, 41-39. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
"Getting a win absolutely helps us," Rodecker said. "It will help build our self esteem."
The victory required minimal effort as there were just three head-to-head matches on the night as a total of 12 of the 15 weight classes were decided by forfeit. As a result, the match took just 20 minutes from the start of the first bout to the last.
The Patriots won two of the three head-to-head matches, but came up on the short end of the decision.
"One of the things I've told my team is that because of the forfeits we're probably not going to win many matches," Broadalbin-Perth coach Tim Roser said. "What we can do is to try to win the head-to-head matchups. For us, that's kind of a victory."
The match began with seven straight forfeits.
John McWhinnie (125 pounds), Karley Barrett (130) Emily Canary (140) and Brandyn Ainsworth (160) won by forfeit for the Patriots, who led 24-18 after seven weight classes.
Jeremiah Robinson (135), Devin Green (145) and Mike Snell (152) all won by forfeit for Johnstown.
In the first head-to-head match, Broadalbin-Perth's Mike Wilson scored a takedown with 18.4 seconds remaining in the third period to post a 4-2 win over Austin Manchester at 171 pounds.
The Sir Bills answered with a pin by Patrick Morrison at 189 pounds. Morrison need just 24 seconds to end his match with the Patriots' Matt Colson.
Ethan Hale added a forfeit win for Johnstown at 215 pounds to give his team a 30-27 lead, the first advantage of the night for the Sir Bills.
Drake Dolder grabbed the lead back for B-P with a forfeit win at 285 pounds.
After a double forfeit at 96 pounds, Nate Hart (103) collected a forfeit win for Johnstown to make it 36-33 in favor of the Sir Bills with two weight classes remaining.
At 112 pounds, Abe Carey rallied from an early deficit to pin Johnstown's Troy Palmer in 2:50 to give B-P the lead back at 39-36. The lead grew to four when the Sir Bills lost a team point when Palmer was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct following the match.
"Head-to-head we're doing okay. The team is wrestling pretty well," Roser said. "We just can't overcome all of the forfeits."
One final forfeit proved to be the difference as Johnstown's Nate DeBlock (119) collected a forfeit and sealed the 41-39 win for the Sir Bills.
"The kids are getting a lot of wrestling. They've got to experience a little bit of defeat," Rodecker said. "It will only make them stronger, better wrestlers. We've come a long way since the start of the season."
Broadalbin-Perth (0-13 overall, 0-4 Foothills) will travel to the Rockwood Tournament at Galway on Saturday.
Johnstown (1-25 overall, 1-3 Foothills) will host South Glens Falls tonight at 6 p.m. before getting a much-needed weekend off.
"That will be another battle,' Rodecker said. "We're injury prone right now. Once we get that out of the way, we'll be OK. Having this weekend off is a good thing for us. Hopefully, it will help us get healthy."
Johnstown 41, Broadalbin-Perth 39
125: John McWhinnie (B-P) won by forfeit
130: Karley Barrett (B-P won by forfeit
135: Jeremiah Robinson (J) won by forfeit
140: Emily Canary (B-P) won by forfeit
145: Devin Green (J) won by forfeit
152: Mike Snell (J) won by forfeit
160: Brandyn Ainsworth (B-P) won by forfeit
171: Mike Wilson (B-P) dec. Austin Manchester, 4-2
189: Patrick Morrison (J) pinned Matt Colson, :24
215: Ethan Hale (J) won by forfeit
285: Drake Dolder (B-P) won by forfeit
96: Double forfeit
103: Nate Hart (J) won by forfeit
112: Abe Carey (B-P) pinned Troy Palmer, 2:50
119: Troy DeBlock (J) won by forfeit
Note: Johnstown penalized one team point.