HOOSICK, N.Y. -- Hoosick Falls Central School wrestling coach Landon Nelson had one objective for Monday morning's make-up match with Granville: Pin to win.
"They have a lot of young guys, we had more experienced guys on the mat," Nelson said. "They went for the pin and did their job."
The Panthers did enough to get the job done, as four scored falls. Combined with some smart strategy on the placement of wrestlers, Hoosick Falls won the Wasaren League matchup, 48-33.
"It's tough coming in on the Monday morning with guys being at the right weight classes," said Granville coach Steve Palmer. "We had a tough tournament at home [on Saturday], we lost a couple guys [to injury]. That's the nature of the sport."
Starting at 132 pounds, Hoosick Falls' Nick Schrom was immediately aggressive, scoring the fall in a mere 27 seconds over Jarod Renauld, to take a 6-0 lead. Tyler Rondeau doubled the advantage by pinning Joe Bogart in 3:20 at 138 pounds.
"On paper, it was a close match, I broke it down to the coin flip," said Nelson, whose team won the coin flip that forces the other team to announce their wrestler first. "We had a couple bumps at the heavier weights, it benefited us and worked to our advantage."
Palmer moved some of his wrestlers up in weight class to take advantage of some of the matchups.
Granville's Daegan Jones went to 145 and pinned Greg Pirie to pull within 12-6. Then Nathaniel Palmer competed at 152 against Colby Davendonis, who was in his first match of the season.
Palmer, one of the stronger wrestlers for the Golden Horde, used a methodical attack against Davendonis, scoring a first-period takedown and another in the second period to take a lead. In the third period, Davendonis went for the home run shot, but Palmer held him up in a 6-0 win.
"The first match of the year is always a little off," Nelson said. "Colby did his job and saved us team points. I knew it would be close."
The teams traded pins at 160 and 170, with Mike Matatt scoring a second-period fall against Damian Duffy for the Panthers and Granville's Brad Perry returning the favor against Shayne Richard.
"We didn't get a lot of the matches we wanted because we lost the coin toss," Palmer said. "We got the matchup with Davendonis, but we wanted a rematch between Perry and Garrett Wright."
Then the next three Panthers all won, Wright and Pascal Wilkins by forfeit and Shane Barss at 195 pounds with a pin in 2:27 over Anthony Arbuckle for a 36-15 lead.
The pendulum swung back to the Horde, as Dwayne Nadeau pinned Bryan Thomas in 2:48 at 285. Then Will Duffy earned a forfeit at 106 and Devin Cohen pinned Jon McCart at 113 to pull within 36-33.
"Bryan has five or six matches so far and he's already improved the past two weeks, so I wanted to get him mat time," Nelson said.
But the last two matches were forfeits that went Hoosick Falls' way -- Nolan Foster and Luis Weierbach -- to give the Panthers the match.
Hoosick Falls travels after Christmas to the Dolgeville Duals on Saturday, a two-day meet where the Panthers could wrestle 10 matches.
"It's a meat grinder," Nelson said. "The best teams in the states are here, so we'll be tested but it'll be good to see where we're at."