Salem-Cambridge pins its way past Hoosick Falls

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HOOSICK, N.Y. — The Salem-Cambridge wrestling team won seven of the contested matches as the Indians beat Hoosick Falls, 60-21, on Thursday night.

"We know what to expect when [Salem-Cambridge] comes in, they're tough, they always have been," said Hoosick Falls coach Landon Nelson. "They just got the upper hand on us."

With the match beginning at 160 pounds, Salem-Cambridge started with a pair of forfeits to take a 12-0 lead.

At 182 pounds, Hunter Day and Liam McGarvin had a back-and-forth battle. After a scoreless first period, Day turned McGarvin from the top for two near fall points. In the third, Day reversed and ended up with a 4-1 decision.

Hoosick Falls got on the board at 195 when Keegan Philpott pinned in 1:13 to cut the S-C lead to 15-6.

"When the seniors go out early in the dual meet, they can set the tone, and it becomes contagious," Nelson said. "It's nice to see the seniors show the others what it's all about."

But the Indians won at 220 and 285, both by fall.

Lucas Martindale pinned in 1:44 and Evan Day pinned in 1:17 to give Cambridge a 27-6 advantage.

At 99 points, eighth-grader Brandon Stemp topped Cambridge freshman Kyle Bink, 10-3. Stemp took a 4-2 lead after one and a 7-2 lead after two periods and finished off the win with three near fall points in the third.

Cambridge's Angie Dill trailed in her 106-pound match against Mason Boyd, 5-2, after two periods. But in the first 12 seconds of the third, Dill, starting in the down position, had reversed the advantage and then stuck Boyd for a pin to make it 33-9.

"Angie weighs 84 pounds, so she's giving up a lot," said Salem-Cambridge coach Frank Fronhofer II. "Once she started wrestling, things started going better for her."

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The next four matches all went Cambridge's way, with Jacob Haynes and Charlie Dill earning forfeits at 113 and 126 pounds. At 120, Matthew Gardner pinned in 1:44.

The match at 132 pounds was the best of the night between Abe Edwards and Brendan Grenoble.

Grenoble got a first-period takedown and led by that 2-0 score into the third period. Starting down, Edwards escaped to get on the board, then got a takedown with 1:02 left to take a 3-2 lead. Thirty seconds later, Grenoble escaped and the match went into overtime tied at 3-3.

Nobody scored in the sudden-victory period and no one could get the upper hand in the tiebreakers. In the ultimate tie breaker, Grenoble started in the down position, but Edwards rode him out for the final 30 seconds to grab a 4-3 victory.

"Abe has been wrestling really well for the past couple of weeks," Fronhofer said. "[Grenoble] is one of their better wrestlers so for him to get a win, I'm pleased with that."

Nelson said that while the tiebreakers are fun to watch, it's also nerve-wracking the farther along the match goes.

"Both guys want it, both guys are gutting it out," Nelson said. "

Jacen Blair pinned in the first period for Hoosick at 138 and after Alex Gillis won by forfeit at 145, the meet ended as Joey Cary pinned Jeremy Gress in 2:52.

"Out of all the kids we have we're inexperienced, but [Blair] has two years of middle school experience," Nelson said. "It's his first year on varsity, he's been tested this year, and he's really impressed us so far."

"This is one of our busiest weeks, we wrestled [Lake George-Hadley Luzerne] and then Hoosick and Saturday, we wrestle in the [MAU] tournament," Fronhofer said. "We're in better shape then other teams we're wrestling, so hopefully that will help us out."

Hoosick is in the Maple Hill tournament this weekend, before a dual against Albany next week.


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