Panthers take control early, top Monument Mountain
The Panthers had a commanding control of the match throughout, winning eight of 10 contested matches Thursday night.
Since the start of the season, Hoosick Falls coach Landon Nelson has known his team won't have the most guys at their disposal, so they'll have to compete every match at the highest level. Nelson thought they did a good job of that Thursday.
"We're low on numbers, so dual meet-wise to get a win, everybody has to get six-pointer for us," Nelson said. "We went out and did that tonight. I think we were more aggressive than the other team. They had some decent athletes on their team."
Hoosick Falls would forfeit the match at 113, allowing the Spartans' Caleb Pollard to earn six points for his side, but for the next seven matches, the Panthers took control.
Hoosick would win each of the next seven matches after that 113 forfeit.
At 120, Hoosick's Gabe Fisher pinned Dean Fredo-Argiro in 1:09. At 126, Panthers wrestler Aiden Scott pinned Ian Hadsel in 1:32. In the next three out of five matches, Hoosick Falls would pick up first period victories within the first two minutes of the match. Logan Powers (132), Ethan Mattison (145) and Sam Richard (152) all picked up wins within the first two minutes of their respective matches for the Panthers.
At 138, Hoosick's Matt Laporte topped Monument Mountain's Dorian Page 7-3 in a three-period match. At 160, Lucas Brogue would pin Katahdin Jenen in 3:18 for another six points for the Panthers.
Hoosick Falls would win the last match of the night as well as Craig Sawyer topped Sean Flanerty at 285.
The only two contested bouts that the Spartans won were at 170 and 182, where John Field III topped Hoosick's Liam McGarvin and Logan Mead topped the Panthers Katie Weeden.
Monument Mountain picked up a trio of forfeit wins at 113, 195 and 220.
There was a modified match before the varsity match got going, with Hoosick Falls eighth grader Brendan Grenoble, picking up the win over his opponent.
Nelson pointed to the importance of his team picking up the early momentum they found and riding it throughout the match.
"Before we went into the match, I told the guys the focus tonight should be to score the first take-down and control the guy on top," Nelson said. "We've been working on that on all week. We kind of drill it into their minds and I feel like we executed the plan pretty well."
The Panthers will be back in action next Thursday when they take on Maple Hill at home. The match is set for a 6 p.m. start.
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