Rams win showdown of league champions

Galway’s Dillan Palszewski, top, works to turn Amsterdam’s Eladio Montalvo during their 170-pound bout Thursday. (The Leader-Herald/Paul Wager)

GALWAY — In the final regular-season dual meet for both teams, Galway and Amsterdam met in a matchup of league champions.

The Foothills Council champion Rams outlasted the Western Athletic Conference champion Golden Eagles by a 46-36 margin in a non-league contest Thursday.

“It was a very competitive match,” Amsterdam coach Ken Pfeiffer said. “The teams matched up very well. It was a great tuneup for sectionals.”

Amsterdam won nine of 15 weight classes on its way to the victory.

“This was a good scrap,” Galway coach Rick Poplaski said. “We’ll benefit from the good, hard wrestling we had tonight. They had a little bit more depth than we did, but we hung in there pretty good.”

Galway’s Dillan Palaszewski pinned Eladio Montalvo in 47 seconds in the first bout of the night at 170 pounds.

Robert Boyer got the Rams on the board with an 8-0 major decision over Galway’s Damian Novack at 182 pounds.

Galway pushed its lead to 12-4 when Sam D’Alessandro pinned the Rams’ Kyle Taylor in 3:27 at 195 pounds.

The see-saw battle continued when Amsterdam’s Mike Rieken pinned Galway’s Ddraig Bouchard in 3:22 at 220 pounds before Galway’s Russell Cook pinned Amsterdam’s Shakeim Ramsey in 5:02 at 285 pounds,

The teams traded forfeits at 99 and 106 pounds as Amsterdam’s Carlos Montalvo (99) and Galway’s Joey Scheeren (106) won by forfeit to make the score 24-16 in favor of the Golden Eagles with eight weight classes remaining.

“Coach Poplaski does a great job,” Pfeiffer said. “It was a battle right to the end.”

Amsterdam took the lead for the first time with back-to-back wins by Brennen Rivas and Daniel Montalvo.

Rivas posted a hard-fought 5-2 victory over Galway’s Brandon Grupe at 113 pounds, while Daniel Montalvo pinned the Golden Eagles’ Dylan Collins at 120 pounds to make the score 25-24.

Galway regained the lead when Collin Bayer collected a forfeit win at 126 pounds, only to have Amsterdam’s Nick Rodecker pin Billy Ous in 1:44 to give the Rams a 31-30 lead with four weight classes left.

The Golden Eagles took the lead once again when Jonathan Hoyt pinned Amsterdam’s Tyler Krackow in 1:16 at 138 pounds to make it 36-31.

The Rams went on to win the final three bouts of the night to rally for the win.

“I’m pleased we were competitive,” Poplaski said. “We gave ourselves a chance to win and it came down to the last few matches.”

Chris Lent posted a 10-2 major decision over Galway’s Shane Henderson at 145 to trim the Golden Eagles to 36-35.

Jacob Garcia collected a forfeit win for Amsterdam at 152 pounds to give the Rams a 41-36 lead heading into the final bout.

Randy Faria sealed the victory for the Rams, registered a 16-1 technical fall victory over Galway’s Riccardo Dery to make the final score 46-36.

“The team has done a great job,” Poplaski said. “We started with 16 wrestlers and we still have 16 which is a testiment to them. They come ready to work every day. It’s been a good season so far and we’re looking to finish strong.”

Galway (20-6 overall) is scheduled to compete in the Vergennes (Vt.) Tournament on Saturday, while Amsterdam is off until the Section II Class B Tournament at Mohonasen on Feb. 3.

“All my wrestlers did a great job tonight,” Pfeiffer said. “Now, we’re going to work hard to get ready for sectionals.”

Amsterdam 46, Galway 36

170: Dillan Palaszewski (G) pinned Eladio Montalvo, 0:47

182: Robert Boyer (A) major dec. Damian Novack, 8-0

195: Sam D’Alessandro (G) pinned Kyle Taylor, 3:27

220: Mike Rieken (A) pined Ddraig Bouchard, 3:22

285: Russell Cook (G) pinned Shakeim Ramsey, 5:02

99: Carlos Montalvo (A) won by forfeit

106: Joey Scheeren (G) won by forfeit

113: Brennen Rivas (A) dec. Brandon Grupe, 5-2

120: Daniel Montalvo (A) pinned Dylan Collins, 2:42

126: Collin Bayer (G) won by forfeit

132: Nick Rodecker (A) pinned Billy Ous, 1:44

138: Jonathan Hoyt (G) pinned Tyler Krackow, 1:16

145: Chris Lent (A) major dec. Shane Henderson, 10-2

152: Jacob Garcia (A) won by forfeit

160: Randy Faria (A) tech. fall Riccardo Dery, 5:30 (16-1)

By Paul Wager

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