CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- When all is said and done, the scorebook will say that Tamarac beat Cambridge 72-13 on the mats on Thursday night.
That’s true, but those who look deeper will see that the match was much closer than the score shows.
With only seven wrestlers, Cambridge allowed 48 points on forfeits. But they won three of the seven contested matches, a respectable showing, even as both Austin and Colton Dean missed the match due to injury.
"We’re getting better and if they can get [an individual] win, they’ll be more hungry. It’s just a matter of time," Trinkle said.
Wins for Cambridge came at 220 pounds, with Nathan Winchester scoring a major decision, 13-2, over Matt Boden.
At 113 pounds, Maria Hughes pinned her opponent, Chrystal Horton, in 35 seconds. Then Ryan Telford grinded out a 3-2 win at 152 pounds against Gabe Canstanza.
Winchester was aggressive from the whistle, scoring a takedown and a near fall in the first period to take a 5-1 lead. Starting down in the second, he reversed and scored another near fall for a 9-1 advantage and finished it out from there, backing up his fourth-place finish at MatMania in Glens Falls.
"He’s coming back from injury, and he’s a little out of shape," Trinkle said. "He’s not in best form yet, but he continues to get better. There’s still things to work on, but he’ll be ready for when he gets to [sectionals.]"
Hughes, who finished one win short of placing at MatMania, was also aggressive, taking down Horton and wrenching her neck to score the first-period fall.
"Sometimes it can be too fast, but tonight it worked out," Trinkle said. "A win is a win when you need confidence, that’s where it starts."
In the most competitive match, Telford edged out Canstanza, working hard to score the winning points late in the second period then holding on in the third to score the win.
"It was two first-year guys, a little inexperience showed, but both guys did really well," said Tamarac coach Erick Roadcap. "They showed a lot of poise and Telford grinded it out at the end."
Tamarac scored pins in each of its victories. At 126, Ben D’Aloia falled Carter Couture in 3:16, while Anthony Grab (132) and Logan Brunick (145) beat their opponents with pins in the first period. In the final match of the night at 170 pounds, Chris Couture was pinned in 4:55 by Bob Bogan.
"I thought it was competitive, they have tough kids," Roadcap said. "It was pretty even with the kids that matched up, a good bout."