PLAINVILLE - The No. 2-ranked Bristol Eastern wrestling team made easy work of Plainville in Wednesday night’s 63-7 victory, yet the effort left something to be desired according to the Lancers’ coach.
While the Lancers remained undefeated, the match wasn’t as easy as the score would indicate. Out of 12 wins, the Lancers had just six pins and only two of those came in the first round.
“I wish we were more workman-like today,” Bristol Eastern head coach Bryant Lishness said. “Obviously it’s nice to get the win, but I think I saw a few things today that weren’t what we needed.
“It’s possible our guys came in knowing we should win this match and that Plainville was dealing with some key injuries, so that might have crept in, but we need to be on our game every time out.”
The Blue Devils had three key seniors unable to wrestle in the match, including undefeated Grant Sarra, yet were still able to get seven points.
“I know we aren’t going to beat a team like Bristol Eastern,” Plainville head coach Rusty Spence said. “But to come in here and get seven points, I’m pretty happy with. When you take the injuries into account, I think the way the guys did tonight we could have easily had 20 points if Grant and the other two were able to wrestle, so I am happy with tonight.”
One wrestler who was workman-like for Bristol Eastern was heavyweight Andrew Cercone. He went against Mike McGinley of Plainville, who has 50 pounds on him, yet he was still able to come away with the quickest win of the night, as he pinned McGinley in 11 seconds.
“I knew he was a lot bigger than me, so I just had to use my quickness and get him down fast,” McGinley said.
The other five Lancers to pick up wins via pin were Jordan Champagne, Noah Carliss, Noah Piazza, Mikey Barrett and Zach Marquis.
Bryce Peete and Ty Pales both picked up wins via forfeit, while Jack Kachidurian, Anthony Lazier, Trinidad Gonzalez and Hidekel Mangual all picked up wins by decision.
While Plainville only had seven points, it had no shortage of impressive performances.
Sebby Soli and Fred Jimenez were the two Blue Devils to win their matches and both did so by decision. Each wrestler remains undefeated on the season at 7-0.
“I was not expecting to win today, I can tell you that much,” Soli said. “I was very nervous coming in, but I was very happy to go out there and get the win.
“It means so much to me to go up against the No. 2 team in the state and pick up a win like that,” Jimenez said. “Things are looking up for me. I didn’t think I would win today, but man it feels good.”
Another standout for Plainville was Mason Sarra. He lost his fight to Trinidad Gonzalez by a 5-0 decision, but fought hard and didn’t look out of his league against one of the best wrestlers in the state.
“Mason is just a freshman,” Spence said. “So for him to go out there and stay with that kid the way he did was extremely impressive.”
Bristol Eastern remains undefeated at 7-0 with the win, while Plainville dropped to 4-4 with the loss. Both teams will be taking part in the Bristol Central invitational on Saturday.