Fonda-Johnstown tops Little Falls in opener

Fonda-Johnstown's Jonathan Cranker, top, works a move against Little Falls' Jacob Mizerak during their 152-pound bout in Wednesday's non-league wrestling match at Fonda-Fultonville High School. The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

FONDA — In its opening match of the season, the Fonda-Johnstown wrestling team won nine of 14 weight classes on its way to a 51-27 victory over Little Falls in a non-league contest at Fonda-Fultonville High School on Wednesday.

“This was a good start to the season for us,” Fonda-Johnstown coach Clay Oeser said. “I’m pleased with how we wrestled tonight.”

Owen Hicks (138 pounds), Jonathan Cranker (152), Josh Montayne (170) and Tyler Schmidtmann (182) all won by pinfall for Fonda-Johnstown, while Zach Hemendinger (120) won by decision.

Dylan Cotter (106), Zen Myles (132), Kyle Morton (220) and Tanner Warner (285) all won by forfeit for Fonda-Johnstown.

Mason Rowley (126), Connor Baylor (145) and Rich Baylor (195) won by pinfall for Little Falls, while Mike Bucenec (113) won by decision. Ian Rando (160) added a forfeit win for the Mounties.

Fonda-Johnstown's Jonathan Cranker, top, scores back points against Little Falls' Jacob Mizerak during their 152-pound bout in Wednesday's non-league wrestling match at Fonda-Fultonville High School. The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

“Little Falls has got good numbers this year and they’ve got quality kids,” Oeser said.

Cotter opened the match with a forfeit win at 106 pounds.

Bucenec took a 14-7 lead into the third period of his match with Fonda-Johnstown’s Steve Bentley, who put Bucenec on his back in the final moments before falling just short in a 14-12 loss.

Hemendinger pushed the Fonda-Johnstown lead to 9-3 with a 12-5 victory over Little Falls’ Jacob Mizerak.

That was the final match of the night to go the full six-minute distance as the final 11 weight classes were decided by pinfall or forfeit.

Fonda-Johnstown's Zach Hemendinger, back, cradles Little Falls' Jacob Mizerak during their 120-pound bout in Wednesday's non-league wrestling match at Fonda-Fultonville High School. Hemendinger posted a 12-5 victory. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

Little Falls even the score at 9-9 when Rowley pinned Fonda-Johnstown’s Dante Tirse in 1:57.

Myles picked up a forfeit at 132 pounds to give Fonda-Johnstown the lead back and Hicks needed just 11 seconds to pin Little Falls’ Grayson Hammond to make it 21-9.

The Mounties got a pin from Connor Baylor over Fonda-Johnstown’s Mccrea Godbout in 5:02 at 145 pounds to make it 21-15.

Cranker answered for Fonda-Johnstown, pinning the Mounties’ Chase Regan in 5:10.

Little Falls closed to within 27-21 when Rando picked up a forfeit at 160 pounds.

Fonda-Johnstown went on to win four of the final five weight classes to seal the victory.

Montayne pinned Little Falls’ Gio Venettazzi in 34 seconds at 170 pounds, while Schmidtmann pinned the Mounties’ Joe Congdon in 2:41 to make the score 39-21.

Rich Baylor claimed the final win of the night for Little Falls at 195 pounds, pinning Fonda-Johnstown’s Darnell VanSlyke in 2:57 to make it 39-27.

Morton and Warner collected back-to-back forfeits at 220 and 285 pounds for Fonda-Johnstown to make the final score 51-27.

“Our guys have looked good in practice,” Oeser said. “It’s nice to see it carry over into a match.”

Fonda-Johnstown (1-0 overall) will travel to Berne-Knox-Westerlo-Middleburgh today for its Western Athletic Conference opener.

Little Falls (2-3 overall) is scheduled to travel to Morrisville-Eaton on Tuesday for a 6 p.m. match.

Fonda-Johnstown 51, Little Falls 27

106: Dylan Cotter (F-J) won by forfeit

113: Mike Bucenec (LF) dec. Steve Bentley, 14-12

120: Zach Hemendinger (F-J) dec. Jacob Mizerak, 12-5

126: Mason Rowley (LF) pinned Dante Tirse, 1:57

132: Zen Myles (F-J) won by forfeit

138: Owen Hicks (F-J) pinned Grayson Hammond, 0:11

145: Connor Baylor (LF) pinned Mccrea Godbout, 5:02

152: Jonathan Cranker (F-J) pinned Chase Regan, 5:10

160: Ian Rando (LF) won by forfeit

170: Josh Montayne (F-J) pinned Gio Venettazzi, 0:34

182: Tyler Schmidtmann (F-J) pinned Joe Congdon, 2:41

195: Rich Baylor (LF) pinned Darnell VanSlyke, 2:57

220: Kyle Morton (F-J) won by forfeit

285: Tanner Warner (F-J) won by forfeit

Foothills Council

Amsterdam 56, Hudson Falls 21

AMSTERDAM — Amsterdam won 11 of 15 weight classes on its way to a Foothills Council victory over Hudson Falls at Lynch Literacy Academy.

Renso Montalvo (120 pounds), Anthony Kelly (132), Jacob Garcia (145), Nick Rodecker (152), Michael Swank (195) and Brody Falls (220) all won by pinfall for the Rams, while Enrique Almanzar (160) won by technical fall.

Zach Gillis (126), Carson Shaffer (138) and Christian Robison all won by decision for Amsterdam, and Eladio Montalvo (170) won by forfeit

Chris Petteys (113) posted a 5-3 decision over Amsterdam’s Carlos Montalvo.

Colin Diffee (99), Dom Doyle (106) and Isaiah Mattison (182) all won by forfeit for the Tigers.

Amsterdam 56, Hudson Falls 21

160: Enrique Almanzar (A) tech. fall Aidan Dougher, 20-5

170: Eladio Montalvo (A) won by forfeit

182: Isaiah Mattison (HF) won by forfeit

195: Michael Swank (A) pinned Aiden Pollock, 3:42

220: Brody Fallas (A) pinned Mike Sullivan, 1:22

285: Christian Robinson (A) dec. Carter Gray, 7-2

99: Colin Diffee (HF) won by forfeit

106: Dom Doyle (HF) won by forfeit

113: Chris Petteys (HF) dec. Carlos Montalvo, 5-3

120: Renso Montalvo (A) pinned Seamus Paige, 2:59

126: Zach Gillis (A) dec. Gavin Krywy, 4-1

132: Anthony Kelly (A) pinned Jack Repsis, 5:52

138: Carson Shaffer (A) dec. Mason Watson, 6-2

145: Jacob Garcia (A) pinned Pat Mercure, 3:54

152: Nick Rodecker (A) pinned North Darunsonthaya, 1:54


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