Whatever measuring stick one uses to size up Falconer's wrestling team, the result is going to be the same - these guys are good.
The Golden Falcons (15-0) faced another tough test at home Wednesday, against Division I 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.
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Fredonia’s Ryan Fisk, right, wrestles with Falconer’s Seth Abbey, left, during their match at 220 pounds, on Wednesday.
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" noted Fredonia assistant coach Ross Conti. "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 his match to Seth Abbey by a 5-3 final decision.
After two periods of close grappling, Abbey picked up a decisive margin following an escape for Falconer's first win.
Following a close opener, Fredonia was able to respond well at 285 as Jessie Walker picked up an early first-period pin. However, it would be one of few bright spots for the Hillbillies.
"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, " Falconer coach Drew Wilcox said. "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."
WRCL cruises past Franklinville
MAYVILLE - Westfield-Ripley-Chautauqua Lake won every match but one Wednesday night as it eased past Franklinville, 69-6 in CCAA Division II wrestling action.
The Panthers' lone loss came at 152 pounds as Charlie Furman pinned WRCL's Dylan Gross in 2:29. Other than that match, which was the second to last of the night, WRCL dominated.
At 182, Justin Gross pinned Franklinville's Bryan Jennings in 2:35 while Tyler Furlow pined Damon Vroman in 21 seconds. Alex Swan won his match at 220, 3-2, over Zachary Rathbun and at 285, D.J. Hamrick pinned Jeffrey Bushnell in 2:21.
After Garrett Fransen won by forfeit at 99 pounds, Derek Ecklund won a major decision, 12-3, over Jeff Hebdon at 106 while at 113, Bryce Rowe won his own major decision, 11-0, over Caleb Palmatier.
In the match at 120, Noah Dorman defeated Brock Blecha, 7-4; at 126 Nick Hudson defeated Matt Bacher, 11-4 and at 132 Mark Ecklund won a technical fall, 18-2, over John Kemp. Then, at 138, Roger Williams pinned Justin Oliver in 1:32.
Damian Raynor made quick work of Austin Cole at 145, winning the match in 45 seconds, before Furman gave Franklinville its only win of the night.
WRCL finished with wins by Zack Reyes - who pinned Micah Sexton in 3:35 to win the match at 160 - and Dominique Rammelt, who pinned Chris Szymanski in 22 seconds to win their match at 170.
WRCL is back in action today when it travels to square off against Frewsburg. The Panthers will host the Thunderbird Duals on Saturday.
Cattaraugus-Little Valley-Pine Valley drop CVCS thanks to forfeits
CATTARAUGUS - The Cattaraugus-Little Valley/Pine Valley wrestling team were the benefactors of six forfeits Wednesday in defeating Cassadaga Valley, 49-25, in Division 2 high school wrestling.
At 195, the Panthers' Billy Fleming scored a 17-8 major-decision victory over Brandon Wise. Meanwhile, at 152, teammate Randy Grey pinned Cassadaga Valley's Tyler Davis in just :56.
For the Cougars, Trent Merrill earned a pin over Courtney Fleming in just :46 at 113 while teammate Daniel Torres followed that up with a pin at 120 over Adolf Zollinger in 1:22.