Panthers top Bulldogs in dual meet

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HOOSICK, N.Y. — The Hoosick Falls wrestling team won four out of five contested matches in its home dual meet against Burr and Burton to lead the Panthers to a 42-24 win Thursday.

All five contested matches ended by pin.

Of those five matches, three went past the first period. The most competitive match of the night came at 120 pounds between Hoosick Falls' Gabe Fisher and BBA's Ben James. The first period was fairly competitive with Fisher holding a 10-4 advantage after the two minutes. The second period went more than 30 seconds and Fisher scored two more points, before he finished James off with a pin at 2:38.

Another two period affair happened in the first match of the night between the Panthers' Sam Richard and the Bulldogs' Lilly Waite. Though Waite didn't score any points in the match, she was able to hold her own pretty well against the skilled Richard. Richard would eventually get the pin at 2:53.

The last match of the night was also a two period match with the Panthers' Ethan Mattison picking up the win against the Bulldogs' Kole Blanchard in 3:02, in what would be the longest match of the night.

In the other contested matchups, at 138, Hoosick Falls' Matt Laporte picked up a pin on BBA's Joe McNealus in 1:51.

The Bulldogs picked up their lone contested win at 160 pounds where Cole O'Connor topped the Panthers' Roman Vyvial in 1:33.

"He did really well today again," said BBA coach Sarah Barker, of O'Connor. "He's improved a lot since last year and hopefully he will do well at states. This just shows the reason I have a lot of faith in him."

There were a total of six forfeits during the meet, three for the Bulldogs and three for Hoosick Falls.

Nick Williams received a forfeit at 170 pounds for BBA, while Ben Pinsoneault (99 pounds) and Kendra Beavin (106) notched points via forfeit for the Bulldogs.

The Panthers received their trio of forfeits from Keegan Philpott (195), Craig Sawyer (285) and Logan Powers (132).

Hoosick Falls coach Landon Nelson was not present at the meet, but assistant coach Bob Pine thought the Panther wrestlers had a great performance Thursday night in front of the home crowd.

"They came out and accomplished what they've been working hard at all week," Pine said. "We're getting close to the postseason and I think we're in a good position to do well."

With the sectionals coming up, Pine viewed this meet against BBA as a nice preparation tool for the postseason.

"Coach (Landon) Nelson does a real nice job of scheduling, so we're able to compete well coming into the postseason," Pine said. "We ramp up and we wrestle enough good competition and get good mat time toward the end of the season."

Even in the losing effort, Barker thought her team came out and competed well, especially after they competed the night before at Mount Anthony.

"They did well. We had a lot of good matches today," Barker said. "They wrestled hard. They have a lot of heart, so I think they wrestled with their whole heart."

Adam Aucoin can be reached at aaucoin@benningtonbanner.com and at @AAucoin_Banner on Twitter.


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