By Jay Young
FALCONER - Whatever measuring stick you use to size up Falconer's wrestling team, the result is going to be the same.
Falconer’s Jimmy Schwab applies a half-nelson on Steve Mignoli during the 195-pound bout of Wednesday’s Division 1 wrestling match. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Jay Young
These guys are good.
On Wednesday night, the Golden Falcons (15-0) faced another tough test at home against Division 1 opponent Fredonia (8-7), and came away with another dominant showing in a 64-12 victory.
Despite Fredonia's reputation as a perennial power on the mat, the Hillbillies were no match for the Golden Falcons, who totaled seven pins on the evening.
After picking up another win to remain undefeated, Falconer will likely retain the New York State Sportswriters Association No. 1 ranking for small-school wrestling.
"We knew pretty much what the outcome of this match was going to be. Knowing how good they are, we know the matchups," Fredonia assistant coach Ross Conti said. "We are a team that is only returning three starters, so we are very very young, but we were happy with the way everyone competed tonight. Nobody gave up."
In the first series of bouts against the Golden Falcons, it looked as though the Hillbillies were off to a good start on the road.
In the opening contest at 220 pounds, Fredonia's Ryan Fisk narrowly lost a 5-3 decision to Seth Abbey. After two periods of close grappling, Abbey picked up a decisive margin following a nifty escape for Falconer's first win.
Following a close opener, Fredonia was then able to respond well at 285 pounds.
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Fredonia's Jessie Walker found himself in trouble early against Justin Spencer of the Golden Falcons, but was able to escape a hold and find an opportunity for a pin at 1:30 of the first stanza.
Unfortunately for the Hillbillies, Walker's early first-period win would be one of their few bright spots.
Moving into the lower weight divisions, Dexter Ormond was able to sneak out another close victory for Falconer at 99 pounds. Ormond was able to ride the lone point of his match against Lucas Green through all six minutes, as his defense was good for a 1-0 final decision.
"I think we're doing the right things. As a whole the kids are working hard in the weight room and wrestling hard on the mat, and everything else seems to take care of itself," noted Golden Falcons coach Drew Wilcox. "It looks like we are going to peak at the right times, and I hope we are, because we have some tough league matches coming up."
The Golden Falcons were able to pick up consecutive forfeit victories at 106 pounds by Nathan Abbey and 113 pounds by Blaine Berg, stretching their lead to 18-6 in the early going.
After the two forfeits, Ricky Griffith of Falconer picked up an 8-0 major decision over Jovany Ruiz at 120 pounds.
Ruiz was outwrestled during much of the contest, but was able to avoid a pin despite serious pressure from Griffith.
Dylan Ingrao then posted an impressive outing against Jakob Kelly, including several big throws, on his way to a leg-clinch pin in 2:50 at 126 pounds.
Jake Peru now stands at 28-3 on the year after besting Steven Kelly at 132 pounds with a pin in 2:33. Peru was one of many Golden Falcons to get out to big leads during their matches, and was able to finish out his bout with a pin following a leg sweep.
Roger DeJesus put up a solid effort for the Hillbillies at 138 pounds against Mike Raynor, but was unable to come away with a win. After being tossed hard to the mat, DeJesus was nearly pinned several times on way to dropping an 8-1 decision.
Dakota Gardner picked up the lone forfeit for Fredonia at 145 pounds.
Zaka Mata continued the Golden Falcons' strong showing at 152 pounds, finishing with an impressive pin in the closing minutes of his match against Jeff Plaister. Mata did not run into trouble throughout much of his bout, asserting his dominance with hip tosses and back-control.
Jake Youngberg also picked up a pin against Fredonia's Nick Gloff at 160 pounds in 5:32, while the Falcons continued to shine in higher weight classes.Kyle Ross and Jimmy Schwab continued their stellar seasons for Falconer, picking up victories at 170 and 195 respectively. Ross was able to roll past Jordan Stebbins with a pin at 2:43, courtesy of a leg clinch. Schwab's win came in the closest bout of the night, a 2-0 decision over Steve Mignoli.
"These guys have wrestled each other three years in a row and every match has been close," Wilcox said. "The first two matches were decided by a point, and this one was just two points."
Ross is now 31-1 on the year while Schwab stands at 27-4.
In the final match of the night Jake Penhollow capped off the Falconer win with another pin over Jake Rinus at 182 pounds.
99: Dexter Ormond (FA) d Lucas Green (FR), 1-0.
106: Nathan Abbey(FA) win by forfeit.
113: Blaine Berg (FA) win by forfeit.
120: Ricky Griffith (FA) md Jovany Ruiz (FR), 8-0.
126: Dylan Ingrao (FA) p Jakob Kelly (FR), 2:50.
132: Jake Peru (FA) p Steven Kelly (FR), 2:33.
138: Mike Raynor (FA) d Roger DeJesus (FR), 8-1.
145: Dakota Gardner (FR) win by forfeit.
152: Zak Mata (FA) p Jeff Plaister (FR), 4:55.
160: Jake Youngberg (FA) p Nick Gloff (FR), 5:32.
170: Kyle Ross (FA) p Jordan Stebbins (FR), 2:43.
182: Jake Penhollow (FA) p Jake Rinus (FR), 1:08.
195: Jimmy Schwab (FA) d Steve Mignoli (FR), 2-0.
220: Seth Abbey (FA) d Ryan Fisk (FR), 5-3.
285: Jessie Walker (FR) p Justin Spencer (FA), 1:30.