JOHNSTOWN – In its first dual meet of the season, the Fonda/Johnstown wrestling team battled Tamarac to a draw on the scoreboard, only to have the Bengals post a 37-36 victory by virtue of a tiebreaker Tuesday at Johnstown High School.
Tamarac won the match by winning seven of the 13 weight classes, which was the deciding factor on the night.
“It could have went a little better. We lost a couple of close matches that could’ve went either way,” Fonda/Johnstown coach John Paris said. “Overall, the guys wrestled pretty well.”
Tamarac opened the match with three straight pins as Emily Frost (126 pounds), Trevor Bishop (132) and Ty Roadcap (138) all won by fall.
Frost pinned Matt Livingston in 4:37, Bishop pinned Zane Chace in 1:31 and Roadcap pinned Alex Carpenter in 23 seconds as the Bengals grabbed an 18-0 lead.
“Tamarac has been one of the top small schools in the section over the last few years,” Paris said.
Logan McCoy picked up a forfeit win at 145 pounds for Fonda/Johnstown before Tamarac’s Austin Fitzpatrick edged Colin Pickering, 8-7, at 152 to make the score 21-6.
At 160 pounds, Bryce Retell pinned Fonda/Johnstown’s Aidan Bump in 2:34 to extend the Bengals’ lead to 27-6.
Fonda/Johnstown rallied to tie the match by winning four of the next five weight classes.
Owen Hicks (172 pounds) pinned Tamarac’s Joe Scheffler in 1:35. The Bengals’ Melo LaPorto posted a 5-3 win over Owen Lewis at 189 pounds.
Fonda/Johnstown won the next three bouts as Jonathan Cranker pinned Mike Plante in 1:35 at 215 pounds, Drake VanValkenburgh won by forfeit at 285 pounds and Grady Hicks won by forfeit at 102 to tie the match at 30-30.
“We had lots of guys make sacrifices that went down in weight classes so that we were able to fill all of the weight classes,” Paris said.
Tamarac’s D’Vante Ortiz put Tamarac back on top by pinning Johnathan Swartwout in 1:58 at 110 pounds before Fonda/Johnstown’s Kyran Clark collected a forfeit at 118 to tie the match at 36-36. The Bengals earned the win by winning seven of the 13 weight classes on the night.
“It’s still early in the season. I saw a lot of good things tonight,” Paris said. “We’ve got some things to fine tune. The goal is to be at our best for sectionals at the end of the season.”
Fonda/Johnstown (0-1 overall) is scheduled to compete in the Wrangle in the Plains Tournament on Saturday at the Impact Athletic Center in Halfmoon.
Tamarac is off until it faces Salem/Cambridge next Tuesday at Salem at 6 p.m.
110: Ortiz (T) pinned Swartwout, 1:58. 118: Clark (Fo-Jo) by forfeit. 126: Frost (T) pinned Livingston, 4:37. 132: Bishop (T) pinned Chace, 1:31. 138: Roadcap (T) pinned Carpenter, 0:23. 145: McCoy (Fo-Jo) by forfeit. 152: Fitzpatrick (T) dec. Pickering, 8-7. 160: Retell (T) pinned Bump, 2:34. 172: O. Hicks (Fo-Jo) pinned Scheffler, 1:35. 189: LaPorto (T) dec. Lewis, 5-3. 215: Cranker (Fo-Jo) pinned Plante, 1:35. 285: VanValkenburgh (Fo-Jo) by forfeit. 102: G. Hicks (Fo-Jo) by forfeit.