BRISTOL - Mike Guzman, senior captain of the Bristol Central wrestling team, took the mat for the first match of the night at 220 pounds with his team down 12-0 out of the gate after two forfeits.
It was senior night, and Guzman was ready to roll as he set the tone early, pinning Platt’s Cesar Flores late in the first period.
“He’s a senior captain and it was senior night, so he came out pretty pumped up,” Bristol Central head coach Matt Boissonneault said. “If anything, he may have been a little too pumped up. It works when you’re on your feet, but when you’re on the mat and trying to do too much you get out of position. Once he slowed down, it was good.”
The rest of the meet, though, couldn’t have gone much worse for the Rams, as the Panthers defeated Bristol Central 51-17 on Wednesday night.
Guzman was the only Bristol Central wrestler to pin his opponent.
The most impressive match, however, came with the Rams’ Christopher Trelli wrestling against Platt’s Isaiah Ross at 120 pounds.
Trelli methodically wore down Ross in both the first and second periods.
With Ross struggling, Trelli finished him off and won via a technical fall.
Other than Trelli and Guzman, Bristol Central didn’t have many positives.
“We’re still growing,” Trelli said. “We’ve got a lot to work on. Obviously it wasn’t too good of a score, but we know what we’ve got to build on and just need to keep working.”
Mistakes played a pivotal role in the outcome of matches, as the Rams’ wrestlers would be in it, but allowed Platt’s wrestlers back into the matches and eventually give them up.
Specifically, mistakes were crucial in the matches at 132, 138, 152 and 170 pounds.
Mason Hale (132), Joey Frechette (138), Andrew Beaucar (152) and Damian Mahaffy (170) all had the chance to come away with a victory.
“Those are four matches that we lost because we made one single mistake,” Boissonneault said. “If you don’t make that mistake in a six minute match, than we have a competitive match, even giving up three forfeits against a quality team.”
Beaucar performed well for the Rams as a sophomore.
He took his match the distance against the Panthers’ Dante Morris.
“[Beaucar] is really a [junior varsity] kid,” Boissonneault said. “He goes out there and makes one five-point mistake at the end of the second period. He really out-wrestled him in the third period and was pushing the pace.”
Three-period matches were something that was common throughout the night, as just three Bristol Central wrestlers got pinned.
Adam Ward was no exception to that, as he took his match against Platt’s James Rondini the distance.
“[Ward] was dominated by that kid when we wrestled them a month ago,” Boissonneault said. “He had two opportunities when he had him on his back and instead of holding him he played it safe. Sometimes in a wrestling match you get one opportunity and you have to seize it.”
John Duncan, Joey Frechette and Damian Mahaffy were the other three seniors that wrestled for the Rams.
Duncan, wrestling against a bigger opponent, was pinned by Platt’s heavyweight Luke Fuerstenburg.
Frechette and Mahaffy both went the distance, but came up short of a win.
The Rams are moving forward and look to keep putting in the work to get better.
“With the effort, I’m extremely happy and pleased,” Boissonneault said. “But the scoreboard doesn’t lie. You have to finish matches.”
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