AMSTERDAM - It was only fitting that in their final seasons, Amsterdam coach Ken Benton and senior standout Brandon Lapi got the season started for the Rams.
After winning the choice in the pre-match coin flip, Benton opted to start the season by sending Lapi onto the mat to face Glens Falls' Tristan Dupuis at 152 pounds.
Less than a minute later, Lapi gave the Rams a 6-0 leading, pinning Dupuis in 46 seconds.
Amsterdam’s Brian Swank, top, controls the action during his 145-pound match against Glens Falls’ Chad St. John during Wednesday’s non-league dual meet at Lynch Literacy Academy in Amsterdam. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
"We wanted to make sure we got Brandon [Lapi] a match," Benton said. "It worked out for us."
Lapi's quick start got the ball rolling for the Rams, who won 13 of 15 weight classes on their way to a 71-12 win over Glens Falls at Lynch Literacy Academy.
In addition to Lapi, four other Amsterdam wrestlers won by pinfall and five others won by forfeit as the Rams cruised past the shorthanded Indians.
"We're very happy with the matches we got tonight," Benton said. "Overall, I'm very pleased with our performance and composure."
Amsterdam started the match with 12 straight wins to surge to a 67-0 lead.
After Lapi's pin at 152 pounds, John Rivera followed by pinning Glens Falls' Connor Pastor in 2:16. Jake Rodecker collected a forfeit win at 170 points for the Rams, while Mashland Santiago pinned the Indians' Chris LaRock in 50 seconds at 182 pounds to make it 24-0.
"Mashland [Santiago] and John [Rivera] have been very consistent in practice," Benton said. "They both wrestled well tonight."
Marcus Torres (195 pounds) and Chris Garrison (220) posted back-to-back pins over Matt Farrell and Brett Harrington in 1:13 and 4:34, respectively.
Amsterdam won four of the next five bouts by forfeits as Dom Santiago (285), Jorge Rivera (106), Chris Velazquez (113) and Adam Tatun (120) all collected forfeit victories.
At 99 pounds, Evelio Homes collected a 15-9 win over Glens Falls' Aaron Murphy in the night's most entertaining match, a back-and-forth contest that saw both competitors score nearfalls.
Erick Rivera pushed Amsterdam's win streak to 12 with a 17-5 win over Brent Peelor at 126 pounds, giving Amsterdam a 67-0 lead with three weight classes remaining.
"Amsterdam's got a solid team," Glens Falls coach Dan Perry said. "We knew coming in that it would be tough."
The Indians posted their first win of the night at 132 pounds when Pat Norton pinned Scott Moore in 3:04.
Kyle Bradley made it back-to-back wins for Glens Falls, pinning the Rams' Monty Carmona in 3:02 at 138 pounds.
In the final contest of the night, Amsterdam's Brian Swank posted a 14-4 win over Chad St. John at 145 pounds.
Amsterdam (1-0 overall) will travel to the Andersen Tournament on Saturday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School. The Rams' B team will compete at the Berne-Knox-Westerlo Tournament on Saturday.
"We'll get a little higher level of competition this weekend," Benton said.
Glens Falls (0-1 overall) will compete at the Ballston Spa Duals on Saturday.
Amsterdam 71, Glens Falls 12
152: Brandon Lapi (A) pinned Tristan Dupuis, 0:46
160: John Rivera (A) pinned Connor Pastor, 2:16
170: Jake Rodecker (A) won by forfeit
182: Mashland Santiago (A) pinned Chris LaRock, :50
195: Marcus Torres (A) pinned Matt Farrell, 1:13
220: Chris Garrison (A) pinned Brett Harrington, 4:34
285: Dom Santiago (A) won by forfeit
99: Evelio Homes (A) dec. Aaron Murphy, 15-9
106: Jorge Rivera (A) won by forfeit
113: Chris Velazquez (A) won by forfeit
120: Adam Tatun (A) won by forfeit
126: Erick Rivera (A) dec. Brent Peelor, 17-5
132: Pat Norton (GF) pinned Scott Moore, 3:04
138: Kyle Bradley (GF) pinned Monty Carmona, 3:02
145: Brian Swank (A) dec. Chad St. John, 14-4