JOHNSTOWN - Having already matched last season's win total in its first two matches, the Johnstown wrestling team has come a long way.
However, Queensbury showed the Sir Bills just how far they have to go, handing Johnstown its first loss of the season Wednesday, 84-6, at Johnstown High School.
In addition to facing perennial Foothills Council power Queensbury, Johnstown also was hit hard by the flu bug with four starters out of the lineup.
Johnstown’s Anthony Mowrey, bottom, looks for an escape against Queensbury’s Cody Bruno during their 138-pound match Wednesday at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
"We had four starters out of the lineup," Johnstown coach Joe Morrison said. "Our young guys stepped up and wrestled tough against tough competition."
The Sir Bills were missing starters Troy DeBlock, Austin Brand, Austen Manchester and Pat Morrison due to illness Wednesday.
"Joe's team got hit hard with the flu," Queensbury coach Rory Johnson said. "It's everywhere. So far, we've been fortunate that it's missed us."
The end result saw Queensbury win 14 of 15 weight classes on its way to the victory. All of the Spartans' victories were either by pinfall or forfeit. No match went beyond the second period.
"We wrestled pretty well," Johnson said. "Everybody did well tonight."
Queensbury opened the match with seven straight pins as Brian Stevens (145 pounds), Josh LaLonde (152), Evan Myers (160), Bryce Breault (171), Frank Nassivera (182), Chris Goudy (195) and Adam St. John (220) all pinned their Johnstown opponents.
Stevens pinned Adam Liss in 2:17, Irvine pinned Josh LaLonde in 2:37 and Myers pinned Joe Salatel in 1:04. Breault won by fall over Jeremiah Robinson in 2:39, Nassivera pinned Ray Nellis in 8 seconds, Goudy pinned Garret Hadcock in 3:20 and St. John pinned Ethan Hale in 3:58.
Down 42-0, Johnstown got on the board when Joe Nellis collected the Sir Bills' lone win by forfeit at 285 pounds.
Following Nellis' win, Queensbury finished the match with seven straight victories.
Derek Finnegan (99 pounds), Jared Brand (106), Brandon Winchip (120) and Eric St. John (132) won by forfeit for the Spartans, while Nick Robbins (113), Levi Sellinger (126) and Cody Bruno (138) won by pinfall.
Robbins pinned Nate Dutcher in 36 seconds, Sellinger pinned the Sir Bills' Jeremy Meher in 1:47 and Bruno pinned Anthony Mowrey in 56 seconds in the final match of the night.
"Rory [Johnson] does a phenomenal job at Queensbury," Morrison said. "They have a great program from top to bottom. We knew we would have our hands full with them no matter what."
Queensbury (9-4 overall, 2-0 Foothills) will travel to Bennington, Vt., to face Mount Anthony, which has won the last 24 Vermont state titles, on Friday.
Johnstown (2-1 overall, 2-1 Foothills) is off until next Wednesday when it travels to Hudson Falls.
"Our guys, we're young, and we're sick right now," Morrison said. "This was a learning experience for us. We just have to pick ourselves up, keep working hard and moving forward."
Queensbury 84, Johnstown 6
145: Brian Stevens (Q) pinned Adam Liss, 2:17
152: Mike Irvine (Q) pinned Josh LaLonde, 2:37
160: Evan Myers (Q) pinned Joe Salatel, 1:04
171: Bryce Breault (Q) pinned Jeremiah Robinson, 2:39
182: Frank Nassivera (Q) pinned Ray Nellis, :08.
195: Chris Goudy (Q) pinned Garret Hadcock, 3:20
220: Adam St. John (Q) pinned Ethan Hale, 3:58
285: Joe Nellis (J) won by forfeit
99: Derek Finnegan (Q) won by forfeit
106: Jared Brand (Q) won by forfeit
113: Nick Robbins (Q) pinned Nate Dutcher, :36
120: Brandon Winchip (Q) won by forfeit
126: Levi Sellinger (Q) pinned Jeremy Meher, 1:47
132: Eric St. John (Q) won by forfeit
138: Cody Bruno (Q) pinned Anthony Mowrey, :56