Amsterdam wrestlers defeat Fonda-Fultonville


Recorder Sports Staff

With yet another busy week in store, the Amsterdam High School wrestling team took to the mat against Fonda-Fultonville for Tuesday's dual meet in "The Pit" at Lynch Literacy Academy and simply took care of business.

Tied with F-F through the first three matches, the Rams proceeded to reel off wins in 10 straight weight classes to open up a massive lead in what ended up as a 64-12 Amsterdam victory. With half his team coming off a grueling weekend at the Eastern States Classic tournament in Loch Sheldrake and with both another dual meet slated tonight against Johnstown and the two-day Lansingburgh Duals on the docket for this weekend, Tuesday's performance against a small-school opponent in the Braves was exactly what Amsterdam head coach Ken Benton wanted to see.

"We talked to the kids about wrestling up, getting up," Benton said. "They had to get up tonight to wrestle hard, and they've got to get up again to wrestle tomorrow. It's something we've been getting used to. We've had a lot of back-to-backs and two-day tournaments. We're trying to keep them in that mode."

Dal Orengo opened the meet for Amsterdam with a first-period pin of F-F's Jake Moyer at 138 pounds, but the Braves countered with consecutive decision wins from Dom Mancini and Ryan Parks to force a 6-6 tie. Then, Amsterdam senior captain James Marquez turned things back around by pinning Caleb Teneyck in 1:08, and the floodgates opened from there.

Rob Santiago notched a 16-3 win over Richard Bagley at 170 pounds and Chris Garrison pinned Robert Bagley at 182 pounds before three straight forfeits in the upper weight classes gave Amsterdam a 40-6 lead. The Rams then got a decision win from Jorge Rivera, a forfeit for Adam Tatun, a technical fall from Romeo Jones and a major decision win by Ian Alejandro to round out the streak.

Jackson Simpson got Fonda-Fultonville back on the board by pinning Luis Quinones in 5:14 at 126 pounds, but Brandon Lapi -- fresh off a fifth-place finish over the weekend at Eastern States -- closed things out at 132 pounds by opening up a 14-0 lead over Jake Boyer before scoring the pin in 3:15.

Of course, for the Rams, it was just step one in another marathon week.

"This is gonna run us ragged this week," Benton said. "We don't get much of a rest Thursday, we practice and then we go right to Lansingburgh the next two days after that."

Though Fonda-Fultonville coach Matthew Lewis knew going in -- especially with a squad bereft of heavyweights -- that the Braves would face a tough task keeping up with the Rams on the scoreboard, he was pleased with the effort his wrestlers turned in, even when faced with some of Amsterdam's top grapplers.

"All I ask for all my guys, always, is six minutes of wrestling," Lewis said. "They came, and I knew for a lot of them it was going to be a tough match, and some of them finished the match. This is exactly why I set this match, because I knew I was going to have the upper-tier guys that I needed for their confidence."

The Braves' coach was particularly proud of Parks and Mancini, who each overcame third-period deficits to score decision wins. That, Lewis said, should dovetail nicely into the Braves' next Colonial Council dual meet Thursday against Ichabod Crane.

"Ryan Parks and Dom Mancini are going into Ichabod Crane on Thursday on fire. They're peaking right now, which is exactly what I wanted," he said.

As for the Rams, Benton said he'll use tonight's meet with Johnstown to shuffle his lineup a bit as he attempts to set a lineup both for the Lansingburgh Duals this weekend and the Big 10 Invitational next weekend.

"We'll try and get a couple new people in the line tomorrow night," Benton said. "We're gonna get a good look, and we'll decide who we're gonna take with us next weekend."