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Eagles rally to top FoJo, 40-28

Fonda-Johnstown’s Brady Myles, top, works for control against Duanesburg’s Jack Holmes during Thursday’s Western Athletic Conference match at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

JOHNSTOWN — With first place in the Western Athletic Conference standings on the line, the Fonda-Fultonville/Johnstown wrestlers squared off against Duanesburg Thursday night at Johnstown High School.

Fonda-Johnstown dominated the matches in the lower weights to build a 28-0 lead in the team scoring.

However, Duanesburg came back in the upper weights to send the match into the decisive bout at 285 with the score at 34-28 in favor of the Eagles.

FoJo’s Tanner Warner and Duanesburg’s Lucas Welch squared off at 285 with the bout being undecided until late in the final period when Welch earned a pin fall to lock up the 40-28 victory and first place in the WAC standings.

“We thought we would dominate the lower weights,” FoJo coach Clay Oeser said. “I thought we would get a couple of pins, but we didn’t. That’s when I knew we were in trouble.”

Duanesburg's Logan Krouse attempts to work an escape from Fonda-Johnstown's Zen Myles during the 126-pound match at Thursday's Western Athletic Conference match at Johnstown High School. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

Dylan Cotter got the run through the lower weights going for FoJo with a 7-1 decision over Dan Stealey at 99 pounds before Loretta Newcomer and Owen Hicks collected forfeits at 106 and 113 respectively.

Justin Kearns picked up a the fall at 120, with a first-period pin over Taylor Lawrence before Zen Myles earned a 17-3 major decision over Logan Krouse and Jon Cranker decision David Nicolella 8-3.

Jack Holmes started the Eagles run, earning an 4-2 decision in a tight match against Brady Myles at 138 and Shane Chiofalo picked up a 5-2 decision over Nate Schrom.

After a double-forfeit at 152, Duanesburg picked up pin falls at 160, 182 and 195 and a forfeit at 170 to take a 30-28 lead in the team scoring.

Jacob Suits picked up a last-second near fall against Alex Sheldon in the 220-pound match to secure at least a tie for the Eagles.

Welch, who bumped up from 220 to face Warner in the decisive bout, trailed 5-1 heading into the third period after the buzzer thwarted a possible match-tying pin by Warner at the end of the second period.

Welch managed to turn Warner late in the bout to pick up the pin fall and secure the Eagles’ victory.

The win puts Duanesburg on top in the standings, while Fonda-Fultonville/Johnstown and Canajoharie-Fort Plain are deadlocked in second place in the standings.

Fonda-Fultonville/Johnstown’s hopes for a WAC championship are still alive as Duanesburg and Canajoharie-Fort Plain will go head-to-head next Thursday at Canajoharie High School. A win by C-FP would set up a three-way tie for the league championship.

“We could share a three-way tie but I was really hoping to get this one tonight but it didn’t happen,” Oeser said.

Duanesburg 40, Fonda-Fultonville/Johnstown 28

99: Dylan Cotter (FJ) dec. Dan Stealey, 7-1.

106: Loretta Newcomer (FJ) by forfeit.

113: Owen Hicks (FJ) by forfeit.

120: Justin Kearns (FJ) pinned Taylor Lawrence, 1:31.

126: Zenmatsu Myles (FJ) Maj. Dec. Logan Krouse, 17-3.

132: Jon Cranker (FJ) dec. David Nicolella, 8-3.

138: Jack Holmes (D) dec. Brady Myles 4-2.

145: Shayne Chiofalo (D) dec. Nate Schrom, 5-2.

152: Double forfeit.

160: Zach Lawrence (D) pinned Alex Saltsman, 1:42.

170: Charlie Grygas (D) by forfeit.

182: Joe Boni (D) pinned Bradey Brownell, 1:31.

195: Cadan Landauer (D) pinned Darnell VanSlyke, 1:29.

220: Jacob Suits (D) Maj. Dec. Alex Sheldon, 12-3.

285: Lucas Welch (D) pinned Tanner Warner, 5:41.

Center State Conference

Morrisville-Eaton 39, Dolgeville-Oppenheim-Ephratah/St Johnsville 36

DOLGEVILLE — Blue Devils could not recover from giving up four forfeits to Morrisville-Eaton as they fell 39-36 in Center State Conference wrestling action Thursday at Dolgeville High School.

Dolgeville got pin falls from Jacob Null (160), Cameron Jackson (132) and Treay Jaquay (120), while Kyle Getman (170) and Bradley Lamphere (126) won by decision. John Monk (220) and Nathen Randall (99) collected forfeits for the Blue Devils.

Morrisville-Eaton 39, Dolgeville-Oppenheim-Ephratah/St Johnsville 36

182: Riley Fogg (ME) pinned Jon Costanza, 4:53.

195: Eric Warner (ME) dec. Chris Gushue, 4-3.

220: John Monk (DOESJ) by forfeit.

285: Robert Eastman (MES) by forfeit.

99: Nathen Randall (DOESJ) by forfeit.

106: Double Forfeit

113: Jayden Ayers (MES) by forfeit.

120: Treay Jaquay (DOESJ) pinned Troy Brayman, 1:38.

126: Bradley Lamphere (DOESJ) dec. Barry Spriggs, 6-5.

132: Cameron Jackson (DOESJ) pinned Emily Coffin, 0:37.

138: Collin Shelton (MES) pinned Philip Keeler, 1:46.

145: Cameron Russell (MES) by forfeit.

152: Keith Lewis (MES) by forfeit.

160: Jacob Null (DOESJ) pinned Matt Schultz, 1:48.

170: Kyle Getman (DOESJ) dec. Billy Egerer, 8-2.

Canajoharie-Fort Plain 46, Schoharie 21

SCHOHARIE — Canajoharie-Fort Plain won eight of 12 weight classes on its way to a 46-21 victory over Schoharie in a Western Athletic Conference wrestling match Wednesday.

Seth Richardson (138 pounds) won by pin for Canajoharie-Fort Plain, while Jared Bentz won by major decision.

Cody Haig (106), Adam Oertel (113), Patrick Meunier (152), Orion Burke (160), Hayden Casler (182) and Luke Adams (195) all won by forfeit for C-FP (5-2 overall, 3-1 WAC)

Mohammed Elkadi (170) and Dominick Snyder (285) won by pin for Schoharie, while Austin Lints (132) won by technical fall. Andrew Hahn won by major decision for the Indians.

There were double forfeits at 99, 126 and 220 pounds.

Canajoharie-Fort Plain 46, Schoharie 21

285: Dominick Snyder (S) pinned Matt Lambert, 4:47

99: Double forfeit

106: Cody Haig (C-FP) won by forfeit

113: Adam Oertel (C-FP) won by forfeit

120: Jared Bentz (C-FP) major dec. Zoey Lints, 14-1

126: Double forfeit

132: Austin Lints (S) tech. fall Derek Countryman, 16-0

138: Seth Richardson (C-FP) pinned Jeremy Rehberg, 0:59

145: Andrew Hahn (S) major dec. Reed Douglas, 12-0

152: Patrick Meunier (C-FP) won by forfeit

160: Orion Burke (C-FP) won by forfeit

170: Mohammed Elkadi (S) pinned Evan Smida, 0:46

182: Hayden Casler (C-FP) won by forfeit

195: Luke Adams (C-FP) won by forfeit

220: Double forfeit

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