WHITEHALL — Brandon Bolster bumped up a weight class and delivered a final-bout pin Thursday night to lift the Whitehall-Fort Ann wrestling team to a 45-42 non-league victory over Tamarac.
Bolster, who moved up from 220 pounds to wrestle at 285, pinned the Bengals’ Brad Bugbee for the decisive points. W-FA had gotten a forfeit win from Mike Vandenburgh at 220 as the team completed its comeback from an early 30-0 deficit.
“It’s nice to have an ace in the hole at the end,” W-FA head coach Bob Diekel said. “I was worried when we were getting blown out early, but we did come back and got on a bit of a roll.”
W-FA, which improved to 10-16 overall, won six of its next seven matches after giving up two pins and three forfeits to start. David Austin (132), Casey Bush (138), Jake Gosselin (152), Jake Moore (160) and Brendan Covey (170) all pinned and Jimmer Rozell added a decision at 182.
Tamarac’s Greg Mays pinned at 195 to give the Bengals (15-10) a 42-33 lead with two matches to go.
“They beat us a couple of times 50-something to 20-something earlier this season, so we’ve really come a long way this season,” Diekel said. “We were injured and giving up a lot of forfeits, plus we went to the Columbia and Cohoes Duals and ran into (Class) A’s and B’s. It has helped that we’ve gotten healthy and we got Jimmer Rozell back, he’s a very steady Eddie.”
W-FA will be among the teams battling in the annual Ken Baker Wasaren League Classic, set for Saturday at Stillwater.
Whitehall-Fort Ann 45, Tamarac 42
99 — Torin Bishop (T) pinned Jack Herring, 1:11.
106 — Christian Crandle (T) by forfeit.
113 — Hunter Yearsley (T) by forfeit.
120 — Riley Retell (T) by forfeit.
126 — Tyler Filarecki (T) pinned Kolby Baldwin, 3:16.
132 — David Austin (W) pinned Ryan Waldinger, 1:33.
138 — Casey Bush (W) pinned Peyton Nealon, 2:35.
145 — Bobby Treshock (T) pinned Chad Aratare, 1:12.
152 — Jake Gosselin (W) pinned Aiden Schmidt, 1:52.
160 — Jake Moore (W) pinned Will Kaspernick, 1:32.
170 — Brenden Covey (W) pinned Andrew Yerdon, :27.
182 — Jimmer Rozell (W) dec. Jack Mays, 4-1.
195 — Greg Mays (T) pinned Parker Gugliatta, 5:08.
220 — Mike Vandenburgh (W) by forfeit.
285 — Brandon Bolster (W) pinned Brad Bugbee, 3:51.
Records: Whitehall (10-16), Tamarac (15-10).