PLAINVILLE - The Plainville and Newington wrestling teams werenât necessarily looking to make their first meets of the season a close one.
The Blue Devils and Indians got that anyway and a little more.
After nine total pins and five forfeits, the Plainville and Newington found themselves tied at 42-42 before tiebreaking points gave the Blue Devils the 43-42 win Wednesday night.
âNewington showed up,â Plainville head coach Rusty Spence said. âNewington showed up and they were prepared. We gave them a good match and it just happened to fall in our favor. It was as even as it could go. They had eight first points and we had 10. It just happened to be two more matches were we were able to score first and they had the advantage for most of the night.â
But it was the 120-pound match - the third from the last - between the Blue Devilsâ Dominic Pedrolini and the Indiansâ Emilio Cruz that helped sway the meet in Plainvilleâs favor. If anything, it turned out to be one of the most pivotal for both teams.
Down 8-3 with just 14 second left in the third period, Pedrolini managed to get Cruz on his back and pin the Newington sophomore to tie the score at 36-36.
âAll that was going through my head was âdonât give up, donât give up,ââ Pedrolini said. âOne of my goals for this year - coach made us write down our goals before the season - was to give 100 percent in every match and I emphasized that in my head and kept on thinking about that and executed and won it.â
The Indians had just run off a string of four consecutive wins to take a 36-30 lead and looked like they would start to pull away.
Wyatt Bernard pinned Travis Boone with 24 seconds left in the third period of the 220-pound match to put the momentum in Newingtonâs favor. Before Pedrolini and Cruzâs matchup, Bernardâs appeared to be the most influential at the time.
Joe Amitan (285), Aidan Corriveau (106) and Duarte Cordeiro (113) then captured the next three by forfeit.
âThe first thing I noticed was [Boone] looked pretty unconditioned and I just tried to capitalize on that,â Bernard said. âFrom there, my shot isnât that good, and I was trying to get in front to take him down. In the second [period], I knew I would be stronger on the bottom because when he took me down, I was able to get back up. The last round, my goal was to keep him on the ground and just try to work him.â
The two teams then split the final two matches of the night. Jacob Zotti took the 126-pound match for the Indians, pinning Simona Babagallo. Sebby Soli then responded by pinning Newingtonâs Chris MaldonadoÂ in the 24 seconds to give the Blue Devils the win in the 132-pound match.
And in the end, the tiebreaking points went to Plainville.
âWeâre a young team. Iâm not looking for wins or losses, Iâm looking for individual matches and that 120-pound weight class really brought me down,â Newington head coach Tony Nguyen. âIt was a tough match, but I liked the way we wrestled overall.
â[Cruz] just went away from what he did [earlier in the match] that made him successful -attacking and going after the kid. He knew he had a big lead and went more defensive and when you go away from what made you successful, then you leave it in the hands of the other guy.â
Kevin Gonzalez gave the Indians the early lead, pinning Nate Cyr in the 138-pound match, the first of the might, in 3:44. Esteban Torres and Kyle Voisine recorded back-to-back pins for Plainville. Torres took down David Robinson in 46 seconds, while Voisine pinned Xavier Gomez in 2:39.
Matthew Buslewicz tied the score at 12-12 after the Indiansâ sophomore pinned Alex Hernandez in 3:05. But Newington then dropped the next three matches as Aidan Lozada pinned Kaleb Korona in 3:48 in the 182-pound match, while Plainvilleâs Ty Pales and Adam Buckley won the 170-pound and 195-pound matches on forfeits.
âIâm glad we came out here 1-0 to start the season,â Spence said. âItâs a good bright spot. I see a lot of enthusiasm on my sideline and itâs great. Theyâre all doing a good job. It was just a crazy meet.â
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