NEW BRITAIN - The dual meet between the New Britain and Newington wrestling teams certainly didnât lack any excitement.
Things started off quickly, only to end just as closely Wednesday night.
The Hurricanes had to fight for what they thought would be an easy win, as they managed to eke out a 39-37 victory over the Indians.
And it was the first two matches of the night that set the tone for the rest of the meet with each team picking up a win by pin.
New Britain's Isahus Maldonado pinned Duarte Cordeiro in the first match of the night at 106 pounds in 31 seconds and Jacob Zotti of Newington pinned Mike Martinez at 120 pounds to start the meet off.
âThe meet started off really well during the 106 and we got a forfeit at 113 which I was happy about,â New Britain head coach Jordan Jacquo said. âOur 106 went out and started us out on the right foot.â
There were a few forfeits mixed into the night, which worked in the Hurricanesââ favor. The Indians had three forfeits overall, giving up 18 total points, while New Britain had one.
There were ten matches throughout the evening and Newington won six of them.
Joseph Amitan (113 pounds), Joshua Martinez (160) and Ben Buinickes (182) earned the forfeit wins for the Hurricanes. Max Usmanov (285) picked up the forfeit for the Indians.
Newingtonâs Riley Feldblum pinned Eli Aponte during the 126-pound match in 3:53 to even the score at 12-12. But New Britain went on to win the next two matches.
Eli Watson pinned Newingtonâs Kevin Gonzalez during the 132-pound match in 2:27 and Raul Mateo pinned Chris Maldonado during the 138-pound match in 1:52 as the Hurricanes retook the lead 24-12.
âOur 132, Elijah Watson, and our 138, Raul Mateo, did an awesome job today,â Jacquo said. âThey just went out and dominated and they got the six [points each] for us rather quickly.â
The Indians, however, swung the momentum back in their favor, claiming the 145- and 152-pound matches. Xavier Gomes pinned the Hurricanesâ Kaleb Camp in 2:35 while Matt Buslewicz beat Kevin Carrasquillo by decision 14-0.
âWe started out with a few young guys who are still learning the ways of wrestling,â Buslewicz said of the back-and-forth meet. âThen when we got in the middle of the weights, we had a lot of guys who were experienced to close the gap. I went out there and I wanted to give it my all to give the team the best chance to win. I went out there looking to get my team as many points as possible. I worked as hard as I could, and I was able to get my team four points, but I could have been able to get more.â
After Martinezâs forfeit victory, Newington claimed another win during the 170-pound match when Aiden Lozada beat Jovany Rodriguez by a 6-3 decision. New Britain then came back to take the 195-pound match with Isaiah Medina beating Joseph Amitan on a 10-6 decision.
âTodayâs match started out pretty well for me,â Medina said. âMy opponent was a little hard but I looked at my coach and said âI got thisâ. I did my thing and got the win.â
It was Medinaâs decision that ended up securing the victory for the Hurricanes as it upped their score to 39-25.
The Indians able to tighten the gap to 39-37 in the final match when Wyatt Bernard pinned Oran Burnett in the 225-pound match in 3:32, but it wouldnât be enough.
âWe lost some matches that we shouldnât have lost,â Jacquo said. âWe lost at three weight classes and we shouldnât have. But then we came back and won in a lot of situations so I was proud about that.â
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