Wrestling: Forfeits give up easy points

Jackson Siff, left, competes at 126 pounds during a Weston High wrestling match. Weston lost 62-15 to Bethel last Thursday, Dec. 27.—Scott Mullin

Some unfilled weight classes put the Weston High wrestling team in quite a hole when it hosted Bethel.

The Trojans were without wrestlers for five of the matches last Thursday, Dec. 27, giving the competition some easy points. Most of the remaining weight classes did not go their way either in a 62-15 loss.

Five of the first six weight classes resulted in forfeits, most going to the Wildcats, who took the 182 and 195-pound contests this way. The first contest actually wrestled was at 220 pounds with Bethel’s Chris Papp pinning Alex Ishin in one minute, 25 seconds.

The Wildcats also won the 285 and 106-pound divisions by forfeit before the Trojans earned any points. These also came by forfeit at 113 pounds with Rich Prackup getting the victory.

At 120 pounds, Bethel’s Mike Gargano outscored Tim Levene 7-2. The 126-pound class was done in less than a minute as Garrett Whelton-Pane pinned Weston’s Jackson Siff in 47 seconds.

Bethel also took the 132-pound match the same way, only in 1:25 when Dimitri Hazi beat Mike Levene.

The first Weston win that was actually wrestled was at 138 pounds. It was a battle to the end with Remy Babson-Smith outlasting Andrew Klein in a 5-3 decision.

“Remy Babson-Smith showed his teammates tonight how hard work in practice pays off during a match,” said Weston head coach Mario Federici. “Your body has to be in condition for overtime or it will be a long season of heartbreaking losses.”

Weston’s last win was by forfeit as Geronimo Valin took the 145-pound class. Bethel countered with Jonathon Cole winning a 14-5 decision over Sam Rueben at 152 pounds.

Victor Vierra got the pin over Weston’s Schuyler DeBarger in 1:39 in the 160-pound match. Trevor Ochs won the 170-pound division by forfeit for the visitors.

Weston, now 1-4, visits New Milford on Wednesday at 6 p.m.

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