It’s tough enough battling a lineup featuring Superman. When Thor decides to get into the act, forget it.
All comic book references aside, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake gave it its best shot, but fell short, 46-33, against Shenendehowa in a matchup of unbeaten Suburban Council wrestling teams Tuesday night.
“Not a bad guy to have out there in the first match, is it?” said Shenendehowa coach Rob Weeks, who, thanks to the luck of the draw, was able to send Section II’s version of the unbeatable superhero from Krypton, Hunter Meys, to the mat in the first bout of the match. “It gives the team a quick boost when he goes out there are does that.”
“That” was a 49-second pin in the
215-pound bout (matches start at a weight class drawn prior to the event), as Meys ran his unbeaten streak to 77 since losing in the Section II finals in 2006. He is 30-0 (27 via fall) this season, and extended his national record for varsity pins to 201.
But the Plainsmen needed Thor to wield his mighty hammer to wrap up the decision late in the match, as Thor Lampman’s pin at 160 put Shenendehowa up, 40-30, with two bouts left and another unbeaten, Austin Meys, waiting to close the show.
“It’s nice for one of the other guys to have a big win that really helps the team,” said Weeks, whose lineup feature a reigning state champ (Hunter Meys), a former state champ (Austin Meys) and a pair of 2007 state runners-up (Luke Popolizio and T.J. Popolizio). “That was a big pin for Thor. We did the math, and figured that was the one we really needed.”
“I didn’t even think about that,” said Lampman of his crucial win. “My teammates wanted me go out and get a pin, so that’s what I tried to do.”
Lampman hit Jeff Clark with a double-leg takedown that put the Burnt Hills wrestler on his back, then kept him there, ending the bout 50 seconds into the second period.
“We have those four exceptional kids who rarely lose, but we also have some other very capable kids,” said Weeks. “Tonight, the way it worked out, it was Thor’s turn to come up big.
“He’s had some tough losses this year, so he’s on cloud nine right now.”
Lampman’s pin ended a Burnt Hills comeback that saw the Spartans shave a 34-6 disadvantage down to 34-30 when Ethan Wilson scored a technical fall at 152.
“I feel little more relaxed when we’re ahead,” said Lampman. “If we’re not, you’ve got to go out there and get the win.”
“Thor’s pin was huge, obviously,” said T.J. Poplizio, whose first-period pin at 119 was the fourth straight fall for the Plainsmen, who maximized their points. “We knew we had the lead, and we knew we had Austin coming up. It was just a matter of us not losing the advantage.”
Popolizio was looking forward to the first match between the traditional league powers since the 2005-06 season.
“We knew it was going to be a tough matchup,” said Popolizio, who team is 7-0 in the Suburban Council and 14-0-1 overall. “We managed to squeak out a win. It wasn’t pretty, but a win is a win.”
“The matches from 130 through 160 were the big ones,” said Weeks. “We knew that from 130 through 152, they were sending out the heart of their lineup. We needed to win one match between 130 and 160.”
Brendan McKeown started the Burnt Hills comeback with a pin at 130. Kyle Vuillaume followed with a win, Dylan Clarke pinned at 140, Paul Martin recorded a major decision at 145 and Wilson teched to get the Spartans within reach.
“It’s tough when you look up and you’re losing the match like that,” said Martin. “I just wanted to go out there and get a pin.
“We were relying on winning from 130 through 152. They got off to that quick start, and that made it tough.”
“It’s a little discouraging, but we knew the strength of our lineup was coming up,” said Vuillaume, who has lost only three times this season. “We wanted to get as many pins as possible to get back into it. Win first, then get the pin.
“We didn’t wrestle them last year, so this was a big one on our schedule.”
Burnt Hills coach Steve Jones, who lost his lone returing Section II champ when 112-pounder Max Miller broke his leg late last month, knew his team would have to weather a big Shenendehowa run.
“We started at the strength of their lineup, with Hunter and their lightweights, and then we got a good run through the middle,” he said. “Of course, they end with another Meys.
“But our kids did a good job. It’s frustrating seeing your teammates go down. It’s disheartening, but you’ve got to keep the belief that in the end, you’re going to get the victory. We knew the momentum would boomerang back to us.”
The Plainsmen won eight of the 15 bouts, but seven were by pin. The Spartans managed only three six-pointers.
“They did a good job of getting pins where they could, and not getting pinned,” said Jones.
The teams could meet again, in the Section II Duals which are set for Feb. 2 at Colonie.
“This was exciting, and both teams were up for it because we didn’t see each other last year,” Jones said. “Tonight was their night, but we’d love to have another crack at them.”
Guilderland also picked up a Suburban Council win, downing Mohonasen, 59-10.
Eugene Sellie (140) and Matt Miller (160) got pins early in the match to start the 5-3 Dutchmen.
Mark Hitchcock (96) and Dave Askew (140) won by tech fall for the Mighty Warriors’ points.
Guilderland 59, Mohonasen 10
96 — Mark Hitchcock (M) technical fall over Don Bennison, 15-0; 103 — Kevin Bates (G) pinned Tyler Busbey, 3:27; 112 — Travis Wolanski (G) dec. Anthony Paturso, 5-0; 119 — Ben Moon (G) dec. Jeff Orvis, 8-4; 125 — Matt Cubillos (G) pinned Matt Milano, 1:43; 130 — Robert Romeo (G) technical fall over Steve Grzeskowiak, 18-1; *135 — Matt Hart (G) dec. Mike Hopkins, 2-0; 140 — Dave Askew (M) technical fall over Greg Reinhart, 15-0; 145 — Eugene Sellie (G) pinned Mike Hitchcock, 5:35; 152 — Davis Taylor (G) dec. Paul Grassia, 5-2; 160 — Matt Miller (G) pinned Blake Kendall, 3:59; 171 — Josh Sawyer (G) by forfeit; 189 — Brendan Ruddy (G) dec. Tyler Kraus, 4-1; 215 — Kevin Murrea (G) pinned Zack Patterson, 2:49; 285 — Kevin McCarthy (G) dec. Zack Bartnicki, 1-0.
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake 33
96 — Nick Kelly (S) pinned Evan Burchhardt, :33; 103 — Luke Popolizio (S) pinned Nick Thomas, 2:51; 112 — Juliano Pabon (S) pinned Amanda Clarke, :36; 119 — T.J. Popolizio (S) pinned Josh Lyle, 1:34; 125 — Seth Hazelton (S) dec. Doug Bennett, 14-4; 130 — Brendan McKeown (BH) pinned Zach Mulderry, 3:10; 135 — Kyle Vuillaume (BH) dec. Nick Altimari, 8-2; 140 — Dylan Clarke (BH) pinned Jake Snide, 1:49; 145 — Paul Martin (BH) dec. Julian Santos, 13-4; 152 — Ethan Wilson (BH) technical fall over Will Bryans, 18-1; 160 — Thor Lampman (S) pinned Jeff Clark, 2:50; 171 — Mike Matrazzo (BH) dec. Sean Kusaywa, 10-3; 189 — Austin Meys (S) pinned John Acors, 1:22; *215 — Hunter Meys pinned Zeal McGrew, :49; 285 — Spencer Miller (BH) pinned David Almaviva, 1:32.
Canajoharie/Fort Plain 43,
96 — Greg Costello (CFP) dec. Joe Plante, 12-3; 103 — Zach Olson (HL) by forfeit; 112 — Double forfeit; 119 — Double forfeit; 125 — John Dillenbeck (CFP) pinned Cecil Hayes, 3:53; 130 — James Tracy (HL) dec. Ken Crouse, 16-1; 135 — Tim Sealy (CFP) by forfeit; 140 — John Cyr (CFP) by forfeit; 145 — Dylan Slater (CFP) dec. Lyndon Watkins, 12-0; 152 — Greg Failing (CFP) by forfeit; 160 — Double forfeit; 171 — Ethan Stortecky (FCP) by forfeit; 189 — David Wall (CFP) by forfeit; 215 — Double forfeit; 275 — Bill Berg (HL) pinned Kyle Smith, 2:20.
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