Glens Falls pins loss on Johnstown

JOHNSTOWN – After winning its first two Foothills Council matches, the Johnstown wrestling team came up short in its last two league outings against Queensbury at Hudson Falls.

The Sir Bills wrapped up their league slate Wednesday against Glens Falls, suffering their third straight Foothills loss, losing to the Indians by a 66-18 margin.

“Glens Falls is a tough, strong team,” Johnstown coach Joe Morrison said. “This was one of those learning experiences that we’ve got to learn from. We’ll keep working and moving forward from here.”

The Indians won 11 of 14 weight classes on their way to the win.

There was a double forfeit at 106 pounds.

Josh Shaw (126 pounds), Kyle Bradley (138), Mike Kenny (145), Pat Norton (152), Matt Tocci (170), Tyrese Jabot (182), Andre Maxam (195) and Matt Ferro (285) all won by pinfall for Glens Falls.

“We wrestled pretty well,” Glens Falls coach Dan Perry said. “I thought we did a pretty good job tonight.”

D’Jontay Bennifield (99), Mike Degnan (120) and Garrett Hayes (160) added forfeit wins for the Indians.

Nate Dutcher (113), Troy DeBlock (132) and Joe Nellis (220) all posted pins for Johnstown.

Shaw opened the match by pinning Johnstown’s Jeremy Meher in 3:33 before DeBlock evened the score at 6-6 by pinning Glens Falls’ Cody Brown in 1:18.

The two pins set the tone for the evening as no match went the full six-minute distance and only three reached the third period.

After splitting the first two contests, Glens Falls won the next seven bouts to take control.

Bradley, Kenny and Norton reeled off three straight pins for the Indians, and a forfeit win by Hayes made it 30-6.

Tocci, Jabot and Maxam added three more pins for Glens Falls, which pushed its lead to 48-6 with six weight classes remaining. Maxam’s pin of the Sir Bills’ Pat Morrison at 195 pounds sealed the win for the Indians, who were forced to work for most of their victories Wednesday.

“We fought. That’s all I can say,” coach Morrison said.

Nellis stopped the Glens Falls win streak at seven, pinning the Indians’ Brett Harrington in 1:35 at 220 pounds.

Ferro won by pin in 4:56 over Johnstown’s Brandon Stevens at 285 pounds, while Bennifield won by forfeit at 96 pounds for the Indians.

After a double forfeit at 106 pounds, Dutcher posted the final win of the night for Johnstown, pinning Glens Falls’ Brent Peelor in 4:27.

Degnan closed out the match, collecting a forfeit win at 120 pounds for the Indians.

“Johnstown has a scrappy, young lineup,” Perry said. “Joe [Morrison] is doing a great job with them. You can see that they’re technically sound.”

Glens Falls (6-4 overall, 3-1 Foothills) will travel to the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Tournament on Saturday.

“We’ve had guys hurt and sick the last few weeks,” coach Morrison said. “We’re starting to get healthy and getting guys back. It’s only going to get better from here.”

Johnstown (3-6 overall, 2-3 Foothills) will travel to the Rockwood Memorial Tournament at Galway on Saturday.

Glens Falls 66, Johnstown 18

126: Josh Shaw (GF) pinned Jeremy Meher, 3:33

132: Troy DeBlock (J) pinned Cody Brown, 1:18

138: Kyle Bradley (GF) pinned Danny Nellis, 3:37

145: Mike Kenny (GF) pinned Anthony Mowrey, 1:45

152: Pat Norton (GF) pinned Joe Salatel, 2:52

160: Garrett Hayes (GF) won by forfeit

170: Matt Tocci (GF) pinned Jeremiah Robinson, 1:42

182: Tyrese Jabot (GF) pinned Austen Manchester, 3:15

195: Andre Maxam (GF) pinned Pat Morrison, 5:02

220: Joe Nellis (J) pinned Brett Harrington, 1:35

285: Matt Ferro (GF) pinned Brandon Stevens, 4:56

99: D’Jontay Bennifield (GF) won by forfeit

106: Double forfeit

113: Nate Dutcher (J) pinned Brent Peelor, 4:27

120: Mike Degnan (GF) won by forfeit

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