AMSTERDAM - After sewing up its eighth straight Big 10 Conference title last Wednesday, the Amsterdam wrestling team met Fonda-Fultonville on Tuesday at Lynch Literacy Academy in a non-league contest.
The match against the Braves was the first of two back-to-back contests for the Rams against local rivals, as they will host Johnstown tonight.
"We're happy to be able to host a match here in 'The Pit,'" Amsterdam coach Ken Benton said. "We were able to wrestle a local rival. It worked out pretty well."
Amsterdam’s Rob Santiago, top, looks for a pin during his 170-pound match with Fonda-Fultonville’s Richard Bagley at Lynch Literacy Academy in Amsterdam. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
Things worked out so well that Amsterdam won 12 of 15 bouts on its way to a 64-12 victory over Fonda-Fultonville.
Brandon Lapi (132 pounds), Dal Orengo (138), James Marquez (160) and Chris Garrison (182) all won by pinfall for the Rams, while Romeo Jones (113) won by technical fall. Amsterdam also benefitted from four forfeit victories.
Orengo opened the match by pinning the Braves' Jacob Moyer in 1:39 to give Amsterdam a 6-0 lead.
Dom Mancini (145) got Fonda-Fultonville on the board, outlasting Brailin Santana 7-6. Mancini rallied from a 4-1 deficit, scoring the winning points on a takedown with 16 seconds remaining.
Ryan Park (152) evened the match at 6-6, posting a 9-7 win over the Rams' Dan Banewicz. Park trailed 7-4 entering the third period, but used a reversal and three-point nearfall to earn the win.
"Dom Mancini and Ryan Park are peaking right now," Fonda-Fultonville coach Matthew Lewis said. "They're wrestling well."
With the match tied at 6-6, Amsterdam took control by reeling off 10 straight wins to surge to a 58-6 lead.
Marquez started the flurry by pinning Fonda-Fultonville's Caleb TenEyck in 1:07 before Rob Santiago (170) posted a 16-3 major decision over Richard Bagley. Garrison pinned the Braves' Robert Bagley in 2:40 to make the scores 22-6. Christian Lopez (195), Ken Garcia (220) and Joe Kelly (285) followed with three straight forfeit wins for the Rams, while Jorge Rivera posted a 4-0 win over Kyle Gray at 99 pounds.
Adam Tatun added a forfeit win at 106 pounds, the fourth and final forfeit victory of the night for Amsterdam.
"At the beginning of the year, it looked like we would have a full lineup," Lewis said. "Obviously, things change and we've got some holes in our lineup."
Jones posted a 15-0 win by technical fall over Fonda-Fultonville's Kelsey Gray with 47 seconds remaining in the match.
Ian Alejandro ran the Rams' win streak to 10 with an 8-0 victory over the Braves' Thomas TenEyck.
"All I ask for is six minutes of wrestling from everybody," Lewis said. "We knew coming in that a lot of the matches would be tough. We had a lot of our guys finish their matches though."
Jackson Simpson posted the final win of the night for Fonda-Fultonville, pinning Luis Quinones in 5:14 at 126 pounds.
The Rams' Brandon Lapi pinned Jacob Boyer in 3:15 at 132 pounds to make the final score 64-12.
Amsterdam (18-7 overall) will host Johnstown tonight at 6 p.m. for its second match in as many days.
"We're going to try to get a few new guys in the lineup against Johnstown," Benton said. "We're glad to be able to get some wrestling against local teams at our site. We were fortunate to get a couple of local matches."
Since defeating Schenectady, 63-19, last Wednesday to earn its 20th Big 10 title since 1984, Amsterdam has seen plenty of action. The Rams competed at the Eastern States Classic in Loch Sheldrake on Friday and Saturday and hosted FFCS on Tuesday. After hosting Johnstown today, the Rams will compete in the Lansingburgh Duals on Friday and Saturday.
"This stretch is going to run us ragged," Benton said.
Fonda-Fultonville (8-8 overall) will travel to Valatie to face Ichabod Crane in a Colonial Council contest on Thursday.
"We wrestled well and we wrestled hard," Lewis said. "We got beat, but I'm pleased with our effort."
Amsterdam 64, Fonda-Fultonville 12
138: Dal Orengo (A) pinned Jacob Moyer, 1:39
145: Dom Mancini (FFCS) dec. Brailin Santana, 7-6
152: Ryan Park (FFCS) dec. Dan Banewicz, 9-7
160: James Marquez (A) pinned Caleb TenEyck, 1:07
170: Rob Santiago (A) major dec. Richard Bagley, 16-3
182: Chris Garrison (A) pinned Robert Bagley, 2:40
195: Christian Lopez (A) won by forfeit
220: Ken Garcia (A) won by forfeit
285: Joe Kelly (A) won by forfeit
99: Jorge Rivera (A) dec. Kyle Gray, 4-0
106: Adam Tatun (A) won by forfeit
113: Romeo Jones (A) tech. fall Kelsey Gray, 5:13 (15-0)
120: Ian Alejandro (A) major dec. Thomas TenEyck, 8-0
126: Jackson Simpson (FFCS) pinned Luis Quinones, 5:14
132: Brandon Lapi (A) pinned Jacob Boyer, 3:15