Panthers 2-3, BBA 1-4 at Hoosick Duals

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HOOSICK, N.Y. — The Hoosick Falls wrestling team went 2-3 in its own dual tournament on Saturday.

Mohonasen finished first with a 5-0 record, while Whitehall-Fort Ann was second at 4-1.

Schuylerville was 3-2, while Burr and Burton was 1-4 and Scotia-Glenville finished 0-5.

Hoosick won duals against BBA, 60-18, and Scotia, 56-0. The other three matches were all close throughout — a 48-28 loss to Whitehall-Fort Ann, a 41-36 loss to Schuylerville and a 45-36 loss to Mohonasen. In the last two duals, Hoosick lost when facing forfeits in the final matches.

"I think we wrestled well overall and at this point in the season, we're looking for guys to be a little more on the attacking side," said Hoosick Falls coach Landon Nelson. "They started to open up today and it's a good sign. We've missed a lot of mat time in the past three weeks (because of weather cancellations) and we're still getting to where we need to be."

Individually, Craig Sawyer had a strong day at 285 pounds, going 4-1 overall, including a close 3-1 loss against Mohonasen's Paul Brown, the No. 2 ranked wrestler in Section II by CNYWrestling.com.

"Craig had a real good match against [Brown]," Nelson said. "To have a 2-point loss shows where Craig is, he's adapted to the 285 weight class. He's slowing things down and not forcing things as much."

Schuylerville's Orion Anderson was named as the Outstanding Wrestler, going undefeated with all of his matches won by pin, except one — a 25-10 tech fall over Hoosick's Matt Laporte.

"Matt wanted to wrestle Orion, but Orion is a national level wrestler," Nelson said. "Matt wanted to test himself. He was hanging in there. We could have moved Matt [up or down] in the lineup, but it's better to have tough competition and lose then to win a match in 20 seconds over an [inferior opponent]."

Laporte won all four of his other matches, including a pin in the dual against Mohonasen.

Logan Powers was undefeated on the day at 132 pounds, winning four matches and one by forfeit. Ethan Mattison was also undefeated, winning three matches and two by forfeit. Sam Richard was 4-1, his last win of the day against Schuylerville's Ethan Liptak his 98th career victory.

The middle of the Hoosick lineup was filled with some younger wrestlers, including Roman Vyvial at 160, Bryce Rodd at 170 and Liam McGarvin at 182. Each had some success on Saturday, with McGarvin picking up a nice win by fall against Mohonasen's Joey Lescovich.

McGarvin trailed 2-0 early, but earned a reversal to tie the match at 2-2. He earned a penalty point in the second and led 3-2 heading to the third. Lescovich escaped to tie the score early in the third, but McGarvin got the upper hand as the final seconds ticked away and got the fall with 17 seconds left in the match.

"This is their first exposure to a varsity dual meet tournament," Nelson said. "They wanted to wrestle varsity and I needed to bring them up. They wrestled well, had some tight matches and their inexperience got the best of them in some of the matches, but I thought they did well."

Burr and Burton won one dual, a 36-18 win over Scotia. They struggled some against more established competition, falling to Hoosick Falls, 48-30, Schuylerville 60-18, Mohonasen 70-6 and Whitehall-Fort Ann, 52-18.

"It's tough with our team, we only have so many kids so we lose a lot of points on forfeits," said BBA coach Sarah Barker. "They did well today despite the tough competition."

Cole O'Connor and Nick Williams, at 160 and 170 pounds, respectively, had the best days overall for the Bulldogs.

"Cole is 26-6 now this year and Nick is closing in on 100 wins," Barker said. "They are doing really well and they're pretty much our rock right now."

The Bulldogs have a handful of matches remaining before the state tournament in just over a month.

"As a team we look good, Nick and Cole should do well," Barker said. "I'm excited and confident for our team moving forward."


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