FONDA - A short lineup, due to illness, came into play for the Fonda-Fultonville wrestlers when they faced Lansingburgh Thursday night at Fonda-Fultonville High School.
Despite pin falls from Kyle Gray and Dominic Mancini, the Braves came up short in the Colonial Council match, 41-24.
"We started off great at the beginning of the year, but we haven't had a full team in practice in weeks," Fonda-Fultonville coach Matt Lewis said. "We are on the road to recovery, but that is why I didn't have a 170-pounder tonight. They made some moves that kind of surprised me, so we are making changes as we go."
Fonda-Fultonville’s Kyle Gray works to put the shoulders of Lansingburgh’s Brian Houle to the mat during the 99-pound match Thursday night at Fonda-Fultonville High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Gray picked up the Braves' first victory on the mat. Falling behind 9-2 after the first period of the 99-pound bout, Gray rallied for a reversal and a pair of near falls to take a 10-9 lead into the final period.
Gray turned Brian Houle for the pin with 1:11 remaining for the win and cut Lansingburgh's lead in the team scoring to 16-12.
The Knights received a forfeit at 106 pounds to take a 22-12 advantage before the Braves' Kelsey Gray battled Pat Flemming through two scoreless periods. Fleming picked up the decision with an escape and a takedown in the final 30 seconds for a 3-0 decision and a 25-12 lead.
Lansingburgh got back-to-back pins from Nick Cioffi and Jeru Akel to give the Knights a 37-12 advantage, which was enough for the win, with three bouts remaining.
After Fonda-Fultonville received a forfeit at 138, Dominic Mancini came through with a first-period pin fall for the Braves at 145 to put the team score at 37-24.
Tuishen Graham closed out the match with a 4-point decision over Ryan Park to put the final score at 41-24.
"I am never super happy with a loss, but I was very happy with the way the kids wrestled tonight," Lewis said. "The kids wrestled for six minutes with heart and did not give up. That is all I ever ask of them. "
The Braves will take to the mat next Saturday when they participate in the Johnstown Duals at Johnstown High School.
Lansingburgh 41, Fonda-Fultonville 24
160: Kelvin Wood (L) dec. Richard Bagley, 15-6.
170: Damian Bishop (L) by forfeit.
182: Branden Morey (L) by forfeit.
195: Double forfeit.
220: Double forfeit.
285: Eric Moyer (FF) by forfeit.
99: Kyle Gray (FF) pinned Brian Houle, 4:49.
106: Arsalen Zahis (L) by forfeit.
113: Double forfeit.
120: Pat Fleming (L) dec. Kelsey Gray, 3-0.
125: Nick Cioffi (L) pinned Thomas Tenyek, 1:59.
132: Jeru Akel (L) pinned. Jackson Simpson, 4:20.
138: Jake Boyer (FF) by forfeit.
145: Dominic Mancini (FF) pinned Jason Wheeler, 1:17.
152: Tuishen Graham (L) dec. Ryan Park, 17-4.
South Glens Falls 21
SOUTH GLENS FALLS - The Amsterdam Rams picked up pin falls from Romeo Jones (113), Brandon Lapi (138), Dan Benewicz (152) and Rob Santiago (182) and received seven forfeits as they cruised to the non-league win over South Glens Falls.
The victory marked the 299th varsity coaching win for Rams' coach Ken Benton.
Amsterdam 66, South Glens Falls 21
99- Jorge Rivera (Ams) won by FF
106- Anthony Sgorrano (SGF) won by Fall 2:24 over Adam Tatum (Ams)
113- Romeo Jones (Ams) won by Fall 4:45 over Lawton Merchant (SGF)
120- Matt Saville (SGF) won by Fall over Luis Quinones (Ams)
126- Ian Alejandro (Ams) won by FF
132- Nelson Quinones(Ams) won by FF
138- Brandon Lapi (Ams) won by fall 3:39 over Reggie Wren (SGF)
145- Spencer Kilburn (SGF) won by dec 6-3 over Dal Orengo (Ams)
152- Dan Banewicz (Ams) won by fall 1:57 over Josh Ruddy (SGF)
160- Marcus Torres (Ams) won by FF
170- James Marquez (Ams) won by FF
182- Rob Santiago(Ams) won by Fall 1:39 over Devin Greenlaw (SGF)
195- Peter Demarco (SGF) won by fall 1:03 over Chris Garrison (Ams)
220- Ken Garcia (Ams) won by FF
285- Joe Kelly (Ams) won by FF
Center State Conference
Canastota 48, Dolgeville 32
CANASTOTA - The Raiders took control in the upper weight classes and held off Dolgeville for the Center State Conference victory Thursday night.
The Blue Devils got pins from Triston Engle (145) and Benjamin Nastovski (120) to go with a technical fall by Richard Lyon at 160 pounds and a decision by Daniel Fox at 113.
Canastota 48, Dolgeville 32
99: Marshall Bruggerman (C) pinned Justus Richardson, 2:52.
106: Noah Handy (D) by forfeit.
113: Daniel Fox (D) dec. Mike Zupan, 6-0.
120: Benjamin Nastovski (D) pinned Zach Hannan, 1:58.
126: Nate Walker (C) pinned Stephen Gross, 5:25.
132: Russ Conner (C) dec. Tyler Richards, 6-1.
138: Benjamin Doolittle (D) by forfeit.
145: Triston Engle (D) pinned Jacob Sherman, 2:41.
152: Joe tiller (C) dec. Ian Nagle, 12-5.
160: Richard Lyon Jr. (D) TF Anthony Micaroni, 17-1 (6:00).
170: Jesse Puchales (C) by forfeit.
182: Zach Zupan (C) pinned Kasey Foster, 2:45.
195: Wyatt Albanese (C) by forfeit.
220: Owen Albanese (C) pinned Austin Burton, 4:38.
285: Jacob Morris (C) by forfeit.