Salem-Cambridge takes down Hoosick

HOOSICK, N.Y. — With the dual not in doubt between the Hoosick Falls and Salem-Cambridge wrestling teams, purely based on the number of forfeits S-C received on Thursday — eight — the individual battles between the teams didn't disappoint.

Salem-Cambridge won four of the seven contested bouts and with the forfeits, earned a 60-18 win over Hoosick Falls.

There were a pair of marquee matchups. At 113 pounds, Zak Cummings and Gabe Fisher went to overtime to decide the winner, as did Tyler Linendoll and Matt Laporte at 138. Both S-C wrestlers won in overtime.

"Both of those kids [Fisher and Laporte] have gone to states and our kids won both in overtime, it's fantastic for those kids," said Salem-Cambridge coach Frank Fronhofer II.

Cummings earned a first-period takedown for the early lead before Fisher earned a point by penalty and an escape to tie the match at 2-2. Cummings allowed Fisher to start the second period on his feet and the escape was the only point to make it 3-2 going to the third.

Cummings escaped to tie it again, but seconds later Fisher scored a takedown for a 5-3 lead. Cummings escaped again with 21 seconds left in regulation to make it 5-4 and Fisher held him off, but as the buzzer sounded, the referee called for a stall — the second one of the match for Fisher — awarding the tying point to Cummings to send the match to sudden victory.

Each wrestler nearly had a takedown in overtime, but neither could score, so they headed for the tiebreaker. Cummings rode out Fisher in the first 30 seconds, before Cummings escaped for the winning point with five seconds left for a 6-5 win.

Cummings improved to 13-1 on the year with the victory, while Fisher dropped to 15-2 — both losses to Cummings.

The second big matchup was between Linendoll and Laporte, who came into the night undefeated at 17-0 on the year.

The first period went back and forth, with each wrestler getting a takedown. Linendoll added some back points and took a 4-3 lead to the second period.

Each wrestler was strong in the scramble in the second period as they headed to the third only separated by one. In the third, a takedown gave Linendoll a 1-point lead before an escape from Laporte found the match tied at 9-9 going to overtime.

In the extra session, Linendoll was the aggressor, and took down Laporte for an 11-9 win.

"I think both of them could be in better condition, they need to be even better for the state qualifier [in four weeks]," Fronhofer said.

Salem-Cambridge also won the final two matches of the night by decision at 145 and 152 pounds, respectively.

At 145 pounds, S-C's Jamie Olvera faced off against Hoosick's Ethan Mattison and took control right away, getting out to a 5-2 lead. Mattison came back to tie the match at 5-5 with an escape and takedown of his own in the second period, but Olvera, starting on bottom, escaped in the first 10 seconds to take the lead and then added a pair of takedowns in a 10-6 win.

At 152, S-C's David McFarland battled Hoosick's Sam Richard and for the first two periods, it was all McFarland as he took a 5-0 lead into the third. Richard scored a reversal late in the period, but ended up on the short end of a 9-3 decision.

Hoosick Falls got three individual wins. The first came from Craig Sawyer at 285 pounds, a pinfall winner over Tyler Lathrop in 1:53. Sawyer, giving up nearly 50 pounds on the Salem-Cambridge senior, worked most of the period to take Lathrop down and when he did, he put Lathrop to his back for the fall.

Hoosick's Aiden Scott also earned a pinfall, at 120 pounds against Jacob Lisowski. Scott scored quickly, with takedowns and near fall points to go up 7-0 before getting the cradle for a pin.

The third Hoosick Falls winner was Logan Powers at 132 pounds, pinning Joe Carey in 50 seconds.

Hoosick is scheduled to wrestle at the Unatego tournament this weekend, while Salem-Cambridge is back in action on Wednesday against Whitehall.


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