AMSTERDAM - With the postseason rapidly approaching, the Amsterdam wrestling team hosted its final home dual meet of the season Wednesday at Lynch Literacy Academy.
The Rams made the most of their final home contest, winning 11 of 14 weight classes on their way to a 63-18 non-league win over Schoharie.
The match took less than 35 minutes from start to finish as all but one match ended with either a forfeit or pinfall.
Amsterdam’s Dan Banewicz puts the finishing touches on his pinfall victory over Schoharie’s David Blyth during their 152-pound match Wednesday at Lynch Literacy Academy in Amsterdam. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
Amsterdam’s James Marquez works to turn Schoharie’s Robert Henry during their 160-pound match Wednesday at Lynch Literacy Academy in Amsterdam. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)
"Schoharie was down a lot of wrestlers. It's getting to the end of the year and teams are banged up," Amsterdam coach Ken Benton said. "We decided to match up with them the best we could and make the most of it. Any match is better than no match."
Josh Gonzalez (145 pounds), Dan Banewicz (152), James Marquez (160) and Ken Garcia (195) all won by pinfall for Amsterdam.
Romeo Jones (113), Ian Alejandro (120), Brandon Lapi (132), Rob Santiago (170), Chris Lopez (220) and Joe Kelly (285) won by forfeit for the Rams.
"We're glad that we were able to get some kids some matches," Benton said. "I'm very happy that Dave [Russell] brought his team up here."
Katie Murphy (106), Sean Durfee (126) and Chris DelaRocco (182) all win by pinfall for Schoharie.
"This was a jump up in the level of competition for us. Amsterdam is always a tough team," Schoharie coach David Russell said. "It's good to see this kind of competition at the end of the season before sectionals."
Schoharie got on the board first when DelaRocco pinned the Rams' Chris Garrison in 1:53 at 182 pounds.
Amsterdam evened the match at 6-6 when Garcia pinned Schoharie's Steve Salisbury in 2:27.
Lopez and Kelly collected back-to-back forfeits at 220 and 285 pounds to give the Rams an 18-6 lead.
After a double forfeit at 99 pounds, Murphy pinned Amsterdam's Tim Steele in 1:58.
Jones and Alejandro posted back-to-back forfeits at 113 and 120 pounds to push Amsterdam's lead to 30-12.
Durfee posted Schoharie's final win of the night, pinning the Rams' Monty Carmona in 1:37.
Amsterdam closed the match with six straight wins to seal the 63-18 victory.
Lapi started the run with a forfeit win at 132 pounds.
In the lone contest of the night to go the full six-minute distance, Orengo used two first-period takedowns to post a 4-2 win over Schoharie's Kyle Brown at 138 pounds.
Gonzalez, Banewicz and Marquez followed with three straight pins as they needed 1:10, 1:28 and 1:38, respectively, to give Amsterdam a 57-18 lead.
Santiago ended the match by collecting a forfeit win at 170 pounds.
"Against schools our size, we've held our own this season," Russell said. "The kids that got matches got a lot of competition, that's what they'll see at sectionals."
Schoharie (13-14 overall) and Amsterdam (25-10 overall) will both be in action Saturday at the Big 10 Invitational at Albany High School in their final tune-up before sectionals.
"We'll see Schoharie again on Saturday at the Big 10 tournament," Benton said. "That's going to be one heck of a tournament with the number, quality and depth of teams."
Amsterdam 63, Schoharie 18
182: Chris DelaRocco (S) pinned Chris Garrison, 1:53
195: Ken Garcia (A) pinned Steve Salisbury, 2:27
220: Chris Lopez (A) won by forfeit
285: Joe Kelly (A) won by forfeit
99: Double forfeit
106: Katie Murphy (S) pinned Tim Steele, 1:58
113: Romeo Jones (A) won by forfeit
120: Ian Alejandro (A) won by forfeit
126: Sean Durfee (A) pinned Monty Carmona, 1:37
132: Brandon Lapi (A) won by forfeit
138: Dal Orengo (A) dec. Kyle Brown, 4-2
145: Josh Gonzalez (A) pinned Kristin Diamond, 1:10
152: Dan Banewicz (A) pinned David Blyth, 1:28
160: James Marquez (A) pinned Robert Henry, 1:38
170: Rob Santiago (A) won by forfeit