Fredonia (1-0) opened its wrestling season Wednesday with a hard-fought 38-30 win over CCAA Division 1 counterpart Southwestern (0-2).
"They definitely wrestled tough," Fredonia head coach Ross Conti said. "Both teams are pretty inexperienced and there's a lot of youth on both sides. We have a lot of guys that this was their first match at this level. We lost 10 starters from last year out of 15 wrestlers."
Roger DeJesus got the Hillbillies going in the right direction with a 12-1 major-decision over Nick Mest in the match at 145 pounds, before Dakota Gardner pinned the Trojans' Wyatt Johnson in 56 seconds to take the match at 152.
"Anything that we take out of this (match) that is positive, that will be good," Conti said.
Joey Lindburg won Southwestern's first match of the night with a pin of Jeff Plaister in 5:05 to take the match at 160 while teammates Tanner Hoose (182), Mason Hoose (195), Howie Boutelle (220) and Shane Hetrick (99) helped the Trojans take four of the next six matches.
"They've got a new coach over there," Conti noted of Southwestern. "They did a nice job getting their guys in different weight classes and they did a nice job."
Tanner Hoose defeated Steve Mignoli, 1-0, before his brother Mason upended Jake Rinus, 8-2. Boutelle made light work of Colton Haas, winning 8-1 while Hetrick pinned Cole Tippens in 55 seconds.
In between the Trojans' wins, the Hillbillies got a win by Nick Gloff at 170 and Jessie Walker (285) won by forfeit. Gloff's win came by pin in 1:04 over Michael Hinsdale.
"I don't like to use the term rebuilding year," Conti said. "Because Fredonia has never rebuilt, we've always reloaded. But this is a bit of a rebuilding year. Our goal is to improve faster than other teams do. We don't want to fall too far, but we have a tough schedule ahead of us."
The teams traded wins the rest of the way with Fredonia's Ben McKelvey dropping Giuseppe Hoose, 14-4, in the match at 106, Ryan Hetrick pinned the Hillbillies' Jovany Ruiz in 3:27 to take the contest at 120, Jakeb Kelly pinned the Trojans' Lamonica Proctor-Burch in 22 seconds to win the match at 126 and Jacob Hinsdale edged Steven Kelly, 10-6, for the win in the 132-pound class. There was a double forfeit at 113 while Fredonia's Ethan Aitken won by forfeit at 138.
The Hillbillies will be back in action this weekend when they travel to compete in tournaments at Maple Grove and Webster.
Falconer 44, Dunkirk-Silver Creek 29
FALCONER - The Dunkirk-Silver Creek (1-1) wrestling team dropped a close match to Falconer (2-0), 44-29, during CCAA Division 1 action Wednesday night.
The Marauders got off to a good start after Tito Colom defeated Jacob Peru, 4-2, at 132 pounds, but the Golden Falcons rattled off five-straight wins to take control of the match.
Mike Raynor (138) pinned Dunkirk-Silver Creek's Brandon Perry in 4:34, Cody Dustin cruised past Kenny Pisa, 23-7 at 145, Zack Mata won 10-4 over Tristan Peck at 152, Jake Youngblood eased past John Echevarria, 20-5, at 160 and Kyle Ross pinned Mike Adams in 5:04 to take the match at 170.
The Marauders' Adrian Alvarado broke the Golden Falcons' win streak with his 16-1 thumping of Seth Abbey at 182 while Marquis Buchanan followed that with a 6-5 win over Jimmy Schwab at 195. At 220, Falconer's Jake Penhollow shut out Alex Jones, 4-0, before Dunkirk's Nick Jones pinned Justin Spencer in 1:28 and Brad Yochum pinned the Golden Falcons' Jordan Dustin in 5:20 to take the match at 99 pounds.
"That was his first ever match and he got a pin," Dunkirk-Silver Creek coach Joe McMurdy said of Yochum. "It was a surprise. We started three eighth graders and five freshman and we were able to get a lot of points from them. That was key and a lot of our other key guys were able to get points."
But on Wednesday, the Marauders were unable to accumulate enough points to get their second win as the Golden Falcons won three of the final four matches to remain undefeated on the young season.
Dexter Ormand pinned Dunkirk-Silver Creek's Yeidi Santiago in 5:20 to win the contest at 106, Dylan Ingreao, wrestling at 120, pinned Felix Garcia in 15 seconds and Austin Ormand cruised past Billy Seiders, 13-6 to take the match at 126. Hector Colom was the Marauders' final winner as he pinned Cameron Paige in 3:19 to win at 113.
Gowanda 55, Salamanca 18
SALAMANCA - The Gowanda Panthers were the beneficiaries of five pins and a major decision to take down Salamanca, 55-18, Wednesday in Division 1 boys high school wrestling.
At 182-pounds, Gowanda's Dalton Mills took down Mick Vaughn in just :25 to kick off the match. At 285, Nate Myers pinned Salamanca's Malici Ficek in just less than a minute. Gowanda's Torrie Morris picked up six points for the Panthers at 106 with 1:18 pin over Mickey Medley. At 120, Jon Flynn put Kyle Perkins on his back for a :52 pin.
Brandon Arrigo gave the Panthers six more points at 138 as he took down Todd Moore in 2:52. Teammate Lucas McKeever followed at 145 with a 3:56 pin over Jarren Ball.
At 170, Gowanda's Ryan Boutelle scored a 21-7 victory over Radd Beattie for a major decision.
Gowanda coach Ray Logan was impressed with his 99-pounder as freshman Jack Vanwey decisioned senior Haylei John, 6-4.
Cattaraugus 58, Franklinville 24
CATTARAUGUS - The Cattaraugus Senior High School wrestling team had an impressive performance in knocking down Franklinville, 58-24, Wednesday in Division 2 high school wrestling.
Gabe Grey opened the match with a six-point pin for the Timberwolves as he won in 3:15 over Justin Oliver. Randy Grey followed with an 11-0 major decision win over Charlie Furman.
At 170, Caleb Wares pinned Bryan Jennings in 1:19. Teammate Alex Kelly followed with a :10 pin over Chris Szymanski and Billy Fleming followed that up with a :13 pin over Damon Vroman at 195.
Drew Stevens earned a pin of his own at 126 as he put Brock Blecha on his back at 2:41. At 138, Dakota Crawford pinned Austin Cole in 1:32.