JOHNSTOWN - A strong start wasn't enough for the Johnstown wrestling team in its non-league match with Galway on Tuesday at Warren Street Elementary School.
The Sir Bills won the first four weight classes to jump out to a 24-0 lead, but the Golden Eagles won the last 11 matches in succession on their way to a 64-24 win.
"We're strong in the upper weights and we got off to a good start," Johnstown coach Joe Morrison said.
Johnstown’s Austin Brand, top, puts the finishing touches on his pinfall victory over Galway’s Andrew Gilchrist during their 182-pound match Tuesday at Warren Street Elementary School in Johnstown. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
Austin Brand opened the match by pinning Galway's Andrew Gilchrist in 2:36 at 182 pounds to give Johnstown a 6-0 lead. Marshall Manchester pinned Seth Carter in 1:56 at 195 pounds to give the Sir Bills a 12-0 advantage.
Brandon Stevens picked up a forfeit win at 220 pounds and Garret Hadcock gave Johnstown a 24-0 advantage by pinning Justin Hardcastle in 1:51 at 285 pounds.
"We started off against some of their tougher guys," Galway coach Mike Sartin said.
After losing the first four weight classes, Galway started its comeback with back-to-back forfeit wins by Dillan Palazewski and Justin Dadlow at 99 and 106 pounds, respectively.
John Hoyt made it three straight wins for the Golden Eagles, pinning the Sir Bills' Kyle Linart in 1:59 at 113 pounds to cut the Johnstown lead to 24-18.
Galway surged to its first lead at 36-24 behind three straight forfeits collected by Jordan Sartin (120 pounds), Dean Poulin (126) and Connor Bradshaw (132).
In the only match of the night to go the full six-minute distance, Galway's Nick Webb posted a 10-0 major decision over Anthony Mowrey at 138 pounds to make it 40-24 with four weight classes remaining.
Galway won all four by pinfall to finish the match with 11 straight wins.
"I know we're tough in the lighter and middle weights," coach Sartin said.
Steven Culbert (145) pinned the Sir Bills' Steve Forker in 3:04, Noah Wicks pinned Johnstown's Joe Salatel in 1:00 and Devin Collins pinned the Sir Bills' Josh LaLonde in 3:15.
In the final contest of the night, Galway's John Mulligan pinned Jeremiah Robinson in 3:46 to make the final score 64-24.
"We had some guys out of the lineup with illness and injuries," Morrison said. "That doesn't take anything away from Galway because that wouldn't have changed the outcome. Galway came ready to wrestle and they've got a tough, experienced team this season."
Galway (6-7 overall) will host Canajoharie-Fort Plain on Wednesday in a Western Athletic Conference contest.
"It was nice to get a win and it was nice to wrestle relatively close to home," coach Sartin said.
Johnstown (1-9 overall) will travel to Glens Falls tonight for a 6 p.m. Foothills Council contest.
"Hopefully, we'll have a fuller lineup tomorrow," Morrison said.
Galway 64, Johnstown 24
182: Austin Brand (J) pinned Andrew Gilchrist, 2:36
195: Marshall Manchester (J) pinned Seth Carter, 1:56
220: Brandon Stevens (J) won by forfeit
285: Garret Hadcock (J) pinned Justin Hardcastle, 1:51
99: Dillan Palazewski (G) won by forfeit
106: Justin Dadlow (G) won by forfeit
113: John Hoyt (G) pinned Kyle Linart, 1:59
120: Jordan Sartin (G) won by forfeit
126: Dean Poulin (G) won by forfeit
132: Connor Bradshaw (G) won by forfeit
138: Nick Webb (G) major dec. Anthony Mowrey, 10-0
145: Steven Culbert (G) pinned Steve Forker, 3:04
152: Noah Wicks (G) pinned Joe Salatel, 1:00
160: Devin Collins (G) pinned Josh LaLonde, 3:15
170: John Mulligan (G) pinned Jeremiah Robinson, 3:46