WARRENSBURG — One gutsy match proved the turning point Thursday night, and one home-run move sealed victory for the Warrensburg wrestling team in an Adirondack League showdown with Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George.
Trailing 21-0 after the first five matches, the Burghers won the next 10 in a row to pull away for a 53-21 victory against arguably their closest competitor in the league.
“This was extremely big,” said sophomore Zach Shambo, whose big move turned into a pin at 126 pounds that gave Warrensburg an insurmountable lead. “I would say these guys are the closest to us for individual skill weight-to-weight.”
“I’m very happy with the win, especially with the way they got on us early. We’ll take it,” said head coach Mark Trapasso, whose Burghers improved to 2-0 in the league, 12-0 overall. “We were deeper than they were, obviously, but they are tough — you’re looking at probably some Section II finals here.”
The gutsy match was turned in by senior Gary Hill, whose overtime criteria victory at 285 pounds was an early part of Warrensburg’s match-ending run.
With the score tied 2-2 through two overtime periods, Hill kept control of H-L/LG’s Will Mitcham to win the ultimate tiebreaker.
“He’s very strong and there’s a little height advantage on his part, so I couldn’t work my normal moves,” Hill said. “I just had to wrestle hard, keep calm. I knew I was better conditioned, we run hard every day.”
“The superheavyweight match was kind of a turning point,” WarEagles co-coach Larry Rounds said. “(Mitcham) scored from bottom earlier in the match, and I thought he was going to be able to get away one more time.”
Warrensburg picked up for wins by forfeit and quick pin by Zach Carpenter at 120 to open a 33-21 lead.
That brought Shambo to the mat, and despite trailing 7-4 going into the third period, he caught the WarEagles’ Quinn Cardone and pinned him at the 5:05 mark.
“That’s usually the move that I hit — the cement mixer — and I was just like, ‘You know what? Why not just go for the win?’” Shambo said. “I knew I had to win so my team would win, because it’s all about momentum in that situation. Zach (Carpenter) won behind me, so I just had to do it.”
Shambo’s pin gave Warrensburg a 39-21 lead with three matches to go, so H-L/LG could do no better than a tie. Trevor Winchell (132 pounds), Zach Davis (138) and Hunter McKenna (145) finished with wins for the Burghers.
“We knew it was going to be hard, but once we got to our core, the middleweight guys, then we all won our matches,” Davis said. “Right as 99 came up, we knew we were going to score a bunch of wins.”
The WarEagles (1-1, 6-2) opened with a technical fall by Logan Duers (152), a pin by Justin Hoffman (160), and decisions by Cody York (170), Rich Conte (182) and Mike Sutliff (195) to take the early lead.
“I was excited to see that we started at 152, because that’s the strength of our lineup — that allowed us to build some momentum,” Rounds said. “We don’t have 99, 106 and 113, and in a dual meet against a team like this, you can’t give away points like that. ... The kids performed well, but we’ve obviously got some work to do moving forward.”
Warrensburg 53, H-L/LG 21
152 — Logan Duers (HL/LG) tech. fall over Greg Shambo, 5:06.
160 — Justin Hoffman (HL/LG) pinned Chris Simpson, 4:23.
170 — Cody York (HL/LG) dec. Dan Monthony, 8-3.
182 — Rich Conte (HL/LG) dec. Nolan McNeill, 5-1.
195 — Mike Sutliff (HL/LG) dec. Chris Wilson, 8-0.
220 — Jack Binder (W) by forfeit.
285 — Gary Hill (W) dec. Will Mitcham, 2-2 OT3.
99 — Robert Smith (W) by forfeit.
106 — Tanner McKenna (W) by forfeit.
113 — Dylan Winchell (W) by forfeit.
120 — Zach Carpenter (W) pinned Ashton Osborne, :27.
126 — Zach Shambo (W) pinned Quinn Cardone, 5:05.
132 — Trevor Winchell (W) dec. Mike Fuss, 3-0.
138 — Zack Davis (W) tech. fall over Nick Lashway, 2:43.
145 — Hunter McKenna (W) pinned Gary Spotswood, 1:23.
Records: Warrensburg (2-0, 12-0), Hadley-Luzerne/Lake George (1-1, 6-2).