By Jay Young
FALCONER-The Falconer wrestling team (3-0) flexed its muscles at home against Division I opponent Southwestern (1-3) on Wednesday night, taking wins in all but three matches in a 64-15 Division 1 victory.
Falconer’s Kyle Ross, in front, breaks out of the hold of Southwestern’s Tanner Hoose during the 182-pound match of Wednesday night’s Division 1 wrestling meet.
Key victories for the Golden Falcons came courtesy of Jimmy Schwab at 170 pounds and Kyle Ross at 182.
Mason Hoose of Southwestern put up a valiant effort against Schwab at 170, but narrowly lost by just one point after three rounds of solid wrestling.
The lone tally of the bout came on a nifty escape by Schwab and the margin proved decisive.
Hoose tried everything to desperately close the margin as time wound down in the final period, but was unable to find an opening.
Against Ross, brother Tanner Hoose was also locked in a close bout that finished at 5-2 in favor of the Falcons.
Ross pulled ahead 2-1 after a close first period, and then upped his margin to 4-2 after the second. Hoose almost ended the match on a triangle hold in the final seconds, but Ross was able to escape for a final point at 5-2.
"We talked all week that those were the matchups we wanted to have tonight, with Schwab on Mason and Ross on Tanner and it worked out," Falconer coach Drew Wilcox said. "You don't get good from wrestling bad kids and those are two of their better guys, everyone wrestled hard."
Bright spots for the Trojans came at 99 pounds from Shane Hetrick, at 113 from Ryan Hetrick and at 220 from Howie Boutelle.
In the second match of the evening, Ryan Hetrick prevailed 6-3 over Ricky Griffith while brother Shane was able to quickly pin Jordan Dustin in the opening period of the night's final match.
Boutelle's victory came at the end of the evening against L.J. Spangenburg in a second period pin.
"I think Ryan made a nice statement tonight, he wants to own that weight class," said Trojans coach Joe Hoose. "And I think that Shane will continue to be a force at 99."
The Trojans will look to improve on their impressive performance in lower weight classes this weekend at the Holiday Classic Tournament at Frewsburg.
Austin Ormand at 126, Jake Peru at 132, Cody Dustin at 145, Jake Youngberg at 152, Zak Mata at 160, and Jake Penhollow at 195 also finished the night with pins for Falconer.
The Golden Falcons will now try to move to 4-0 today at Gowanda before making their way to the Holiday Classic.
"We knew they had some scrappy kids, and some studs, we just came in and prepared the same way we would for anybody else," mentioned Wilcox.
That preparation is clearly paying dividends for the Golden Falcons, who have looked flawless in the early part of their season.
99: Shane Hetrick (S) p Jordan Dustin, 0:30.
106: Cameron Page (F) md Guiseppe Hoose, 12-1.
113: Ryan Hetrick (S) d Rickey Griffith, 6-3.
120: Dylan Ingrao (F) win by forfeit.
126: Austin Ormand (F) p Charlynn Proctor-Burch, 0:24.
132: Jake Peru (F) p Jacob Hinsdale, 2:13.
145: Cody Dustin (F) p Nick Mest, 2:22.
152: Jake Youngberg (F) p Joey Lindberg, 3:16.
160: Zak Mata (F) p Michael Hinsdale, 1:44.
170: Jimmy Schwab (F) d Mason Hoose, 1-0.
182: Kyle Ross (F) d Tanner Hoose, 5-2.
195: Jake Penhollow (F) p Matt Swanson, 0:57.
220: Howie Boutelle (SW), p L.J. Spangenburg, 5:25.
285: Justin Spencer (F) win by forfeit.