Wrestling: Competition level has big increase

Weston High’s Geronimo Valin, top, contends with Oxford’s Steve Persson during a wrestling match on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Weston lost 57-18.—Scott Mullin photo

All but a few weight groups would be a challenge for the Weston High wrestling team in its match against Oxford.

The Trojans would take only three of them last Wednesday, Dec. 19. All came in the same fashion, by forfeit, in a 57-18 loss at home.

Oxford would take control early, winning the first 10 weight groups. Its victory win was at 126 pounds with Nick Lombardi pinning Jackson Siff in 31 seconds.

The visitors also got some help from the Trojans, who forfeited four weight groups due to a lack of available wrestlers. Three came in the 132, 138, and 145-pound contests.

In the 152-pound match Geronimo Valin lost a 7-0 decision to Oxford’s Steve Persson. Will Denslow needed only 39 seconds to pin Weston’s Sky DeBarger at 160 pounds.

Another win for the Wolverines was at 170 pounds with Marlin Simon pinning Dan Prorokovic in 1:40. The closest match was the 182 pound contest, a battle to the end before Oxford’s Alex Mardis edged Ryan O’Connell 1-0.

The 195-pound match featured Andrew Temple pinning Travis Delaney in 3:50. Brendan Carothos then outscored Weston’s Alex Ishin 7-2 at 220 pounds.

Oxford’s last win was at 285 pounds, coming by forfeit before the Trojans took the last three matches in the same fashion.

Andre Leonard was the winner at 106 pounds and Rich Prackup got the win at 113. Tim Levene took the win by forfeit at 120.

The Trojans also had their hands full three days later when they competed in the Pomperaug duals. Only a few wrestlers went home with wins as they fell 46-21 to the hosts and 77-6 to New Fairfield.

Weston was at a disadvantage at a number of weight groups, having to forfeit four to the former and seven to the latter.

Only four Weston wrestlers got victories that day. Valin had one at 152 pounds, pinning Pomperaug’s Nick Civitello in 4:54.

O’Connell was the winner at 182 pound, pinning Pomperaug’s Grant Ward.  He in turn was pinned by New Fairfield’s Will Hess in 3:15.

Ishin also won by a pin at 220 pounds, nailing Pomperaug’s John Bedosky in 2:51. He lost to New Fairfield’s Ryan Tharas, getting pinned in 2:21.

Prackup was the only Weston wrestler to win both his matches that day. One came by decision when he defeated Pomperaug’s Lochlan Gowen by a 6-3 score. He later pinned James Spitzenberger in 1:07, accounting for his team’s lone win against New Fairfield.

Weston, now 1-3, hosts  Brookfield next Thursday at 6 p.m.

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