BRISTOL - The Bristol Central wrestling team started its 2019-20 campaign on an incredibly positive note.
Winning three matches by pin, the Rams took Glastonbury in a dual meet at home, 42-24.
“It looked like it was our first match of the season,” head coach Matthew Boissonneault said, noting that not all went smoothly for his wrestlers.
“I thought Jakob Salinas had a good match,” he added. “He was down 4-0, but wrestled back against someone he was giving up some size to. They had some inexperience, [which] helped. It gives us an opportunity to see where we’re at and what we need to work on and there’s quite a bit we need to work on.”
The pins came from Andrew Beaucar (170), Matthew Beaucar (182) and Will Hamilton (106). The Beaucars earned their pins in 19 seconds and 32 seconds, respectively, while Hamilton’s came with just four seconds remaining in the first round.
Aided by a trio of forfeits, the Rams won eight of the first nine matches to take a quick 42-3 lead.
Sophomore Umar Malick (145) opened the match with a win by decision over Venkatesh Paruchuru.
After Michael Maciolek (195) earned the Tomahawks their first win of the meet with a three-round win over Gabe Buden, Jakob Salinas struck back for the Rams with a 9-7 win over Kirill Fioletov that was tied at seven after three rounds. Salinas scored first for the win in the extra minute to give Central a 30-3 lead.
Hamilton earned the last win for the Rams, as they lost the final five matches of the meet.
Freshman Landon Dionne (126) was pinned by Martial Sutton with 58 seconds left in the second round.
Colton Pelletier (113), Karriem Hoe (132) and Leo Kavanaugh (138) all lost by decision.
Next up for the Rams is a six-team meet against Manchester, Glastonbury, Northwestern, South Windsor and Trumbull at Manchester on Saturday.
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