Saranac perfect at Hoosick Falls duals, Panthers fourth

HOOSICK, N.Y. — Coming down from Section VII, the Saranac Chiefs went a perfect 5-0 on the day to win the Hoosick Falls Duals on Saturday.

The Panthers were fourth with a 1-3 record, while Burr and Burton went 0-4.

Whitehall was runner-up at 3-1, with Coxsackie-Athens third at 3-2. Rensselaer was fifth at 2-2 (Hoosick won the head-to-head matchup) and Schuylerville-Greenwich was sixth at 1-3.

Hoosick Falls lost to Whitehall in the first match, 51-24, before topping Rensselaer 52-24 in pool play.

After a bye, they were edged by Coxsackie 40-39 and by Saranac, 39-36.

"We have a lot of seniors on the team this year and at this point in the season, you want to be wrestling the toughest kids that you can find," said Hoosick Falls coach Landon Nelson. "Saranac had a really strong field of kids, they have some state-ranked wrestlers. Whitehall is tough, Coxsackie-Athens is tough too. It was great to have a lot of quality matches today."

Against Coxsackie, Hoosick took a 30-0 lead after six matches. Zoe Gress, Matt Laporte, Logan Powers, and Sam Richard all won by pin, while Brendan Grenoble and Ethan Mattison won by 4-3 and 8-7 decisions, respectively.

But with a full lineup, the Indians won the next five, three by forfeit, one with a major decision and the other by pin to pull within 30-28 with four weight classes left.

The next match was one of the feature matches of the day as Craig Sawyer, ranked No. 1 in the small school division at heavyweight, faced Coxsackie's Marc Martinez, the No. 2 heavyweight, in a rematch of last year's sectional final.

The match didn't disappoint, with Sawyer getting a takedown in the final seconds of the first period to take the lead, then escaping for another point in the second period for a 3-0 lead.

Martinez earned an escape in the third period, but Sawyer held him off for a 3-1 victory to give his team a five-point lead, 33-28.

"We were really looking forward to that match just to see how much we improved from last year," Nelson said. "To come out ahead shows Craig's been working hard and will continue as he prepares for the state tournament."

But the Indians got forfeit wins at 99 and 106 pounds, which made the score 40-33 and clinched the dual. Gabe Fisher, who won all three of his matches by fall, pinned his opponent late in the third period to get to the final margin.

It was a similar situation against Saranac in the Panthers' final match of the Duals.

Starting at 126 pounds, Grenoble lost by fall, but Matt Laporte's pin and forfeits to Powers and Richard made it 18-6. Mattison was pinned at 152 and after Keegan Philpott was pinned at 182, Saranac led 24-18. Katie Weeden's forfeit and Sawyer's pin at 285 gave Hoosick the lead back at 30-24, but two more forfeits made it 36-30 with a pair of matches left.

At 113, Fisher took a 9-0 lead into the third period before scoring the pin at 5:19 to tie the match at 36-36. In the final match, Gress struggled to get on track and dropped a 5-0 decision as the Panthers came up just short to the Chiefs.

"Being down a couple of guys and still being in it with Saranac, we were impressed with that," Nelson said. "We got better throughout the day. It was a great match to have."

Fisher, Laporte, Powers and Sawyer were all perfect on the afternoon, with Mattison and Richard finishing 3-1. Gress and Grenoble were 2-2 and Philpott and Weeden were 1-3.

Burr and Burton were 0-4, falling to Schuylerville 42-12, Coxsackie-Athens 90-0, Saranac 72-0 and Rensselaer 48-6.


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