QUEENSBURY — This may not be a vintage powerhouse Queensbury wrestling team this season, but on Wednesday night, the youthful Spartans woke the echoes in their home gymnasium.
Queensbury used five pins and two technical falls to dominate South Glens Falls 61-9, and take the inside track to second place in the Foothills Council.
“We kept saying, ‘If you get him on his back, you’d better keep him there,’ because I thought it was going to be a lot closer than it was,” said Spartans head coach Bob Winchip, whose team improved to 4-1 in the league, 7-6 overall. “But I kept saying to these guys, ‘This is our gym, we step up in our gym,’ and they really did tonight.”
Queensbury can wrap up second place behind league champ Amsterdam with a win at Hudson Falls next Wednesday.
With both teams having only two seniors — Queensbury’s Nico Mattia and Dom Nassivera, and South High’s Logan Barody and Noah Lanfear — it became a matter of which team’s youngsters would step up.
The Spartans recorded most of their points in a seven-match span between 145 and 220 pounds. Gaven Wasson (145), Dylan Tucker (152), Dave Sanders (160), Shawn Stimpson (170) and Seth Guay (220) all pinned, Mattia won by technical fall at 182, and Nassivera picked up a forfeit at 195. Varsity newcomer Connor Allen earned a decision at 285.
“It was exciting to have some of these new guys, like Connor Allen that’s never wrestled on varsity, Shawn Stimpson finally had a good win,” Winchip said. “Dave Sanders goes from going to his back to pinning his guy, another amazing win from him.”
Junior John Brady capped off the evening with a 7-2 victory over Barody at 126, Brady’s first win over the South High senior. Brady and his twin brother, 132-pounder Dan, provided Queensbury with bookend victories.
“I knew it was going to be tough,” John Brady said. “I wrestled him earlier and in the past, and I only lost by a takedown or two, but I knew I had to battle.
“I feel like I broke him mentally toward the end there,” he added. “Even right at the beginning when I got that first takedown, you can almost feel how the rest of the match is going to go.”
Dylan Sleezer (113) won by technical fall for the Spartans, while his twin brother Ryan picked up a forfeit at 106.
South High (2-3, 7-6) got a major decision from Ethan Weller (138) and a technical fall from Brock Delsignore (120).
“Most of the lineup is all between eighth grade and 10th grade — 90 percent of the team is freshmen,” Bulldogs head coach Mike St. Louis said. “We have a bunch of young guys who just need mat time. In a few years, we’re going to be a dominant team, we just have to get through our learning curves.”
Queensbury 61, South Glens Falls 9
132 — Dan Brady (Q) dec. Vincent Santilli, 3-0.
138 — Ethan Weller (SGF) dec. Dristen Hughes, 13-4.
145 — Gaven Wasson (Q) pinned Josh Ahrens, 3:15.
152 — Dylan Tucker (Q) pinned Antonio Murphy, 2:38.
160 — Dave Sanders (Q) pinned Noah Lanfear, 1:05.
170 — Shawn Stimpson (Q) pinned Adam Basile, 5:09.
182 — Nico Mattia (Q) tech. fall over A.J. Swears, 1:50.
195 — Dom Nassivera (Q) by forfeit.
220 — Seth Guay (Q) pinned Michael Wagner-Fitzgerald, 3:28.
285 — Connor Allen (Q) dec. Aiden Mickel, 7-1.
99 — Double forfeit.
106 — Ryan Sleezer (Q) by forfeit.
113 — Dylan Sleezer (Q) tech. fall over Noah Hogan, 5:34.
120 — Brock Delsignore (SGF) tech. fall over Trevor Robbins, 3:24.
126 — John Brady (Q) dec. Logan Barody, 7-2.
Records: Queensbury (4-1, 7-6), South Glens Falls (2-3, 7-6).