LAKEWOOD -The Dunkirk Marauders (5-2) did not give up a pin Wednesday and it proved to be the difference as they held on for a 36-34 victory over the Southwestern Trojans in Division 1 high school wrestling.
At 113, Tito Colom picked up a big pin and at 170, Mike Adams earned six points of his own with a pinfall.
"He wrestled real good," Dunkirk coach Joe McMurdy said. "That was one we thought would be a pivotal match. In the third period, he was able to pin the kid. In a close dual meet, that is huge. He is a senior and wrestled hard."
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Dunkirk's John Echevarria, left, takes down Southwestern’s Joe Limburg in 160-pound action of Wednesday’s CCAA Division 1 high school wrestling meet.
A key match came at 195 where Dunkirk's Connor Aitcheson got called into duty for the first time this season against Southwestern's Tanner Hoose. And though Hoose walked away with the win, McMurdy was proud of Aitcheson for not giving up a pin.
"He saved the team points by not getting pinned," McMurdy said.
The win secures a third-place finish in the league for Dunkirk - its best finish since returning to high school wrestling.
"We have eight or nine starters coming back next year," McMurdy said. "It's a young group and they will be around for a while. This was a big improvement over the last couple years in a tough, tough league."
Dunkirk will compete in the Salamanca tournament this weekend.
Fredonia 33, Gowanda 30
The Fredonia wrestling team bounced back from a 55-18 loss to Olean on Tuesday to squeak past Gowanda, 33-30, on Wednesday during CCAA Division I action at Fredonia High School.
"It was an exciting match," Fredonia assistant coach Ross Conti said. "There was a lot of good back-and-forth competition."
The Hillbillies (10-7) picked up wins in four of the first five matches to take the early lead as Lucas Green (99 pounds), Ben McKelvey (106), Jovany Ruiz (120) and Steven Kelly (132) earned victories.
"They wrestled much better (Wednesday)," Conti noted. "They were pretty flat on Tuesday. We started out pretty well against Olean, then we finished poorly."
Green beat Gowanda's Mickey Mentley, 12-8, McKelvey pinned Jack Van Wey in 35 seconds, Ruiz pinned David Poff in 5:58 and Steven Kelly pinned Ethan Francis in 5:58.
Sandwiched between the Hillbillies' four wins was a win by the Panthers' Jon Flynn at 126, as he pinned Jakeb Kelly in 1:15.
Josh Balzer topped Roger DeJesus at 138 for the Panthers' second win of the night, before Fredonia's Dakota Gardner topped Lucas McKeever, 1-0, at 138.
"It was kind of a defensive battle," Conti said of Gardner's win. "Roger was winning that match and he got put on his back and that was a big swing for them. That gave them a lot of life."
Gowanda won four of the final seven matches, but couldn't close the gap as the Hillbillies held on for the win.
Cody Richter (152) pinned Jeff Plaister in 2:57, Chris Hammond won an 11-8 decision over the Hillbillies' Nick Gloff at 160, Dalton Mills (182) pinned Ty Miller in 1:01 and Devin Clark (285) won a 1-0 decision over Jesse Walker.
"Nick Gloff had his opponent on his back for the last 1:30," Conti noted. "And (Hammond) just lost his legs, but he just couldn't pin him. That Hammond kid did a great job of not getting pinned."
Fredonia's final three wins came from Steve Mignoli at 170, Jake Rinus at 195 and Roger Fisk at 220.
"I said before that Roger Fisk was close to turning some of his close losses into wins," Conti said. "And (Wednesday) he got the win and that was big for us, too."
Mignoli beat Shane Deleo, 9-2, Rinus won 4-0 over Gary Nephew and Fisk beat Devin Richter, 9-5.
Fredonia is at St. Francis on Friday for its next match.
Falconer 41, WRCL 28
FALCONER - Coach Drew Wilcox and Falconer wrestling (17-0) faced one of their toughest tests of the year on Wednesday night, and once again came away with a big win.
The Golden Falcons topped Westfield-Ripley-Chautauqua Lake (11-4) by a 41-28 final in a non-league meeting thanks to pins by Dylan Ingrao at 120 pounds and Jake Youngberg at 160 pounds.
WRCL also ended the matchup with a pair of pins by Alex Swan at 220 pounds and D.J. Hamrick at 285, but could not come away with enough points for the team victory.
After remaining undefeated on the year, Falconer sits at No. 7 in the New York State small school rankings and No. 1 in Section 6.
"I thought that WRCL was a little more ready than we were, they were attacking more than we were, and I don't like to be on that side," mentioned Wilcox after the win.
"I want to be the team that is aggressive and not waiting for things to happen, in a few spots tonight, I felt like we were waiting for things to happen and WRCL took advantage of that."
While Falconer may have looked timid at points during the night, they certainly did not start off that way. The Golden Falcons were able to pick up wins in their first four bouts of the night.
Dexter Ormond started off the contest with a solid decision over Garrett Fransen at 99.
Ormond was able to pick up a pair of points early on, and did not have any trouble maintaining his lead as the match progressed, eventually claiming a 12-5 decision after a near fall.
At 106 Cameron Page continued Falconer's dominance with an 11-3 decision over Bryce Rowe. A big takedown by Page in the opening period was good for a 7-1 margin from which Rowe was unable to recover.
The first of three forfeits on the evening took place at 113 pounds, as Ricky Griffith notched six points for Falconer to give his team a 12-0 lead in the early going.
The Golden Falcons continued to stretch their lead at 120 when Dylan Ingrao picked up a sub-minute pin on Noah Dorman in just 37 seconds.
After falling into a hole early on, WRCL was able to pick up some momentum at 126 as Nick Hudson topped Jake Peru with a 9-1 major decision.
Hudson is now riding a hot streak after taking care of Devin Haskins of Frewsburg in 1:04 in WRCL's previous match.
At 132, the Panthers added more points after a forfeit win by Mark Ecklund, narrowing the Falconer lead to 19-10.
Next, the match at 138 was a very close meeting between Mike Raynor of the Golden Falcons and Kale Gilbert. After an even two minutes to start the bout, Gilbert took a one-point lead after gaining back control, but Raynor was able to even the match again after an escape.
A final offensive push by Gilbert was good enough for a 5-3 decision in favor of WRCL.
With just a six point lead headed into 145 pounds, Cody Dustin pulled off a big win for the Golden Falcons by decisioning Roger Williams 10-4.
Williams solid defense earned him several points in the first period, but in the end Dustin's offensive persistence was enough for the victory.
Increasing their margin to 22-13, Falconer then added more points with a 6-1 decision by Zak Mata over Damian Raynor of WRCL.
Jake Youngberg was then able to increase the lead after a pin of Dylan Gross in 2:59.
Kyle Ross added to his near-perfect record on the year after recording a win by forfeit at 170, while Jimmy Schwab notched a 9-0 major decision victory over Dominic Rammelt of WRCL.
The Panthers were able to pick up wins in the final three matches of the night, but Falconer's margin proved insurmountable after picking up points early on in the match.
Tyler Furlow of WRCL and Jake Penhollow were locked in a close battle at 195 that ended with a 6-3 in favor of the Panthers.
Next at 220 Alex Swan picked up a pin on L.J. Spangenburg in 1:53, while at 285 DJ Hamrick of WRCL picked up a fall over Justin Spencer in 3:59.
Now the Golden Falcons will look to test their perfect record with one final league match and an exhibition.
"Salamanca is our last league match and then we're going up to Midlakes on February first, they're the second ranked team in the state,"mentioned Wilcox.
"They had an opening and we jumped on it, they're really tough but hopefully this next week the kids start working hard and we can go up there and surprise some people."