BRISTOL - St. Paul wrestling was dealt a brutal lesson in powerlessness on Wednesday night.
The Falcons invaded Terryville High School and started the match with four-straight pins in the first four matches, but a late defeat sandwiched between a number of forfeits resulted in a 48-36 loss for the Kangaroos.
“[Our wrestlers] were more aggressive today, which is great,” St. Paul head coach Ed Desimas said. “We’re just losing because we have no bodies. We’ll just have to take the positives from here and keep moving forward.”
Despite the loss, there were plenty of positives for Desimas and his group to take away.
After taking a violation late in round two, freshman Daniel Kelly rebounded to pin Terryville’s Nick Rossi to get St. Paul on the board first. Christopher Warner followed with a pin of his own late in the second round, defeating Terryville’s Nicholas Zippone to put St. Paul ahead 18-0 after a Kangaroos’ forfeit.
Unfortunately for the Falcons, the forfeits began to pile up in their corner, a symptom of their depleted roster. They would record a third-straight victory via pin thanks to Joshua Silva in the 132-weight class, followed by another thanks to Eric Atkinson, but the forfeits, a grand total of seven, were too much to overcome.
“We still have to try our best,” Atkinson said. “We can’t really focus on team scores. We have to focus on individual scores and see who can be the next state champion.”
Based on individual outcomes, St. Paul’s performance felt like a step in the right direction.
“It feels like our team’s really improving,” Atkinson said. “A lot of guys have left, but we’re still holding up.”
On the Terryville side, the Kangaroos walked away with their third victory of the season, though the celebration was subdued due to the gaping holes in St. Paul’s roster.
“It was kind of a disappointing win,” Terryville head coach Joe Faitak said. “I don’t feel like we wrestled to our full potential. We’re going to have to come back and work hard on that.”
The lone victory that did not come via forfeit for the Kangaroos was a pin by junior John Mailhot, who made quick work of St. Paul’s Benjamin Foligno, who was forced to move up a weight class to avoid another Falcons forfeit.
“It felt good even though it wasn’t really at 220,” Mailhot said. “But we got it done and it felt good.”
In the end, the Falcons headed home with a moral victory, while the Kangaroos took the win in the scorebook.
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