DOLGEVILLE - With 299 career wins heading into this weekend's Mountain Duals at Dolgeville Central School, Amsterdam wrestling coach Ken Benton wasted little time reaching the 300-win mark Friday.
The Rams rolled to a 66-19 win over Rome Free Academy in their opening match to give Benton, who has coached the team for 20 years, his milestone victory.
"It's probably an indication that I've been coaching a long time," Benton said. "I've got to give credit to my assistant and associate coaches who have helped me and help make it all worthwhile. I owe an awful lot to them. We've also done it on the backs of our wrestlers who have been crucial to our program's success."
Amsterdam coach Ken Benton, left, talks with assistant coaches Ken Pfeiffer, center, and Brandon Giaquinto during Friday’s match against Rome Free Academy at the Mountain Duals at Dolgeville Central School. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
Dolgeville’s Triston Engle, top, works to turn Amsterdam’s Dan Banewicz during their 152-pound match at the Mountain Duals in Dolgeville on Friday. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
Amsterdam finished the first day of competition with a 2-2 record to improve to 14-5 overall on the season.
In their first match of the day, the Rams cruised to a win over Rome Free Academy, winning 11 of 15 weight classes.
Brandon Lapi (126 pounds), Dal Orengo (138), Marcus Torres (145), James Marquez (160), Rob Santiago (182), Ken Garcia (220) and Joe Kelly (285) all won by pinfall for Amsterdam.
Jorge Rivera (99), Adam Tatun (106), Dan Banewicz (152) and Rich Alteri (170) won by forfeit for the Rams.
Dandre Norman (113) and Antonio DeLuco (126) both won by pinfall for Rome Free Academy, while Collin Newman (120) won by major decision
Zach Thomason (195) won by decision for RFA.
Amsterdam ran its record to 2-0 on the day with a 42-30 win over host Dolgeville.
Lapi (132) and Garcia (195) both won by pinfall for the Rams, while Romeo Jones (113), Ian Alejandro (120), Orengo (138), Torres (145), Marquez (160) and Santiago (170) won by decision.
Christian Lopez (220) and Kelly (285) won by forfeit for Amsterdam
Noah Handy (99), Daniel Fox (106), Ben Nastovski (126), Triston Engle (152) and Kasey Foster (182) all won by pinfall for Dolgeville.
Amsterdam suffered its first loss of the day in its third match, dropping a 42-32 decision to Camden.
Lapi (132) and Santiago (170) won by pinfall for the Rams, while Torres (145) won by technical fall.
Marquez (160), Lopez (220) won by decision for Amsterdam, while Alejandro won in overtime over Camden's Daniel Alberico, 3-2, at 120 pounds.
Chris Garrison (182) added a forfeit win for the Rams.
Jacob Wood (106), Dennis Hilts (113), Daniel Birmingham (126), Garrett Mitchell (138) and Chad Finch (152) won by pinfall for Camden.
Riley Gerber (99) and Thad Casler (195) won by decision for Camden, while Ian Radell (285) won by forfeit.
In its final match of the day, Amsterdam dropped a 61-17 decision to Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, losing 11 of 15 weight classes.
Lapi (132) won by pinfall for the Rams, while Orengo and Marquez won by major decision. Garcia added a 3-2 decision over Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake's Race Viedt at 195 pounds.
Christian Gramuglia (99), Jackson Lindberg (106), Nik Martinez (113), Stephen Wagner (120), Mason Rabideau (126), Joey Butler (145), Jake Ashcraft (152) and Josh Ritchey (285) all won by pinfall for Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake.
James Marquez (160) and Anthony Papa (182) won by major decision for the Spartans, while Joe Messare (220) won by decision.
The two-day tournament concludes today with each team slated to wrestle four more matches.
Wrestling is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
Amsterdam 66, Rome Free Academy 19
99: Jorge Rivera (A) won by forfeit.
106: Adam Tatun (A) won by forfeit.
113: Dandre Norman (RFA) pinned Romeo Jones, 1:04.
120: Collin Newman (RFA) major dec. Ian Alejandro, 11-2.
126: Antonio DeLuco (RFA) pinned Monty Carmona, 2:26.
132: Brandon Lapi (A) pinned James Redpath, :58.
138: Dal Orengo (A) pinned Tim Strouse, 1:13.
145: Marcus Torres (A) pinned Patrick McLiesh, 1:47.
152: Dan Banewicz (A) won by forfeit.
160: James Marquez (A) pinned Nathan Brown, 1:16.
170: Rich Alteri (A) won by forfeit.
182: Rob Santiago (A) pinned Brett Barnes, 5:41.
195: Zach Thomason (RFA) dec. Christian Lopez, 13-7.
220: Ken Garcia (A) pinned Ian Pisaneschi, 1:37.
285: Joe Kelly (A) pinned Connar DiBerardino, 4:38.
Amsterdam 42, Dolgeville 30
106: Daniel Fox (D) pinned Adam Tatun, 1:36.
113: Romeo Jones (A) dec. Troy Claus, 12-7.
120: Ian Alejandro (A) dec. Andrew Dillenbeck, 5-2.
126: Benjamin Nastovski (D) pinned Luis Quinones, :33.
132: Brandon Lapi (A) pinned Colton Souza, :19.
138: Dal Orengo (A) dec. Tyler Richards, 4-2.
145: Marcus Torres (A) dec. Ian Nagle, 4-3.
152: Triston Engle (D) pinned Dan Banewicz, 3:31.
160: James Marquez (A) dec. Richard Lyon Jr., 10-3.
170: Rob Santiago (A) dec. James Doolittle III, 10-4.
182: Kasey Foster (D) pinned Chris Garrison, 5:35.
195: Ken Garcia (A) pinned Austin Burton, 5:21.
220: Christian Lopez (A) won by forfeit.
285: Joe Kelly (A) won by forfeit.
99: Noah Handy (D) pinned Jorge Rivera, 1:26.
Camden 42, Amsterdam 32
113: Dennis Hilts (C) pinned Romeo Jones, 1:15.
120: Ian Alejandro (A) dec. Daniel Alberico, 3-2 (OT)
126: Daniel Birmingham (C) pinned Monty Carmona, 1:12.
132: Brandon Lapi (A) pinned Tyler Campbell, :54.
138: Garrett Mitchell (C) pinned Dal Orengo, 1:22.
145: Marcus Torres (A) tech. fall Brett Finch, 5-0.
152: Chad Finch (C) pinned Dan Banewicz, 1:55.
160: James Marquez (A) dec. Tom Confer, 6-2.
170: Rob Santiago (A) pinned Luke Mack, 3:32.
182: Chris Garrison (A) won by forfeit.
195: Thad Casler (C) dec. Ken Garcia, 8-2.
220: Christian Lopez (A) dec. Richard Felt Cooper, 18-12.
285: Ian Radell (C) won by forfeit.
99: Riley Gerber (C) dec. Jorge Rivera, 3-1.
106: Jacob Wood (C) pinned Adam Tatun, 3:50.
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 61, Amsterdam 17
120: Stephen Wagner (BH-BL) pinned Ian Alejandro, :58.
126: Mason Rabideau (BH-BL) pinned Luis Quinones, :32.
132: Brandon Lapi (A) pinned Nolan Hale, 1:36.
138: Dal Orengo (A) major dec. Nathan Sisler, 16-5.
145: Joey Butler (BH-BL) pinned Marcus Torres, 2:49.
152: Jake Ashcraft (BH-BL) pinned Dan Banewicz, :57.
160: James Marquez (A) major dec. Antonio Rodriguez, 16-8.
170: Jack Hatton (BH-BL) pinned Rob Santiago, 5:13.
182: Anthony Papa (BH-BL) major dec. Chris Garrison, 10-0.
195: Ken Garcia (A) dec. Race Viedt, 3-2.
220: Joe Messare (BH-BL) dec. Christian Lopez, 8-3.
285: Josh Ritchey (BH-BL) pinned Joe Kelly, 4:24.
99: Christian Gramuglia (BH-BL) pinned Jorge Rivera, 1:48.
106: Jackson Lindberg (BH-BL) pinned Adam Tatun, :38.
113: Nik Martinez (BH-BL) pinned Romeo Jones, 4:45.