AMSTERDAM — Trevor Robbins and the Queensbury wrestling team both earned a measure of revenge Wednesday night.
Robbins defeated the wrestler who beat him four times last season, and the Spartans took back the title they lost a year ago to Amsterdam in “The Pit” at Lynch Literacy Academy.
In a match that was postponed three times in the last week, Queensbury pulled away to a decisive 43-20 victory over the Rams for the Foothills Council championship.
“I think we out-conditioned them — a couple of those close matches went our way because of that,” said Queensbury head coach Bob Winchip, whose team won its fourth league title in five seasons. “We had a couple of pins that swung the momentum, our 152-pounder stayed off his back, and Trevor avenged four losses to that kid last year.”
“Amsterdam is good competition, but we all came out to wrestle,” junior Will Fraser said. “Anytime we ran into adversity, we kept our heads up and came through.”
“Our conditioning is way better this year, and we outworked them,” said senior Ryan Sleezer, who earned a 7-3 win over the Rams’ Renso Montalvo at 113 pounds.
Queensbury (6-0 league, 12-5 overall) got pins from Fraser (170), Shawn Stimpson (182) and Dan Brady (132), the latter 1:13 into the final bout to put an exclamation point on the Spartans’ victory.
Robbins defeated his nemesis, Rams senior Daniel Montalvo, 3-1 at 126 pounds for Queensbury’s penultimate win of the night. Robbins scored a takedown with 1:20 left in regulation and rode Montalvo out for the victory.
“I’m tough on top, I can usually ride kids out,” said Robbins, a sophomore who improved his season record to 28-6.
Daniel Montalvo had pinned Robbins during Queensbury’s 45-30 loss to Amsterdam last season, and beat him three other times, including sectionals.
“I was a little nervous, but I knew I had beaten Vinny (Santilli) from South High, and I knew I was going to beat (Montalvo),” Robbins said. “I had to watch his blast double (leg takedown) and he’s tough on top, but I learned some key things to beat him on my feet. Getting that takedown was huge.”
“He’s had our number,” Winchip said of Daniel Montalvo. “That may have given Trevor the No. 1 seed in the B’s,” he added, referring to Saturday’s Class B sectional tournament on Saturday at Burnt Hills.
The pins by Fraser and Stimpson came at a crucial time in the dual meet for the Spartans, after they had lost three straight decisions to fall behind 10-3. Luke Little, Queensbury’s 152-pounder, was put to his back late in his match with the Rams’ Eladio Montalvo, but refused to give up the pin in a 9-5 loss.
Fraser pinned Amsterdam’s Jose Merced 1:42 into their bout, and Stimpson followed up with a stunning pin of Mike Swank in 2:08. Starting the second period on the bottom, Stimpson escaped, took Swank down and pinned him, seemingly in one move. It gave Queensbury its first lead of the night, 15-10.
“I just went for it,” Stimpson said. “I was down and I needed it, I just got up and put him to his back. I wasn’t expecting it.”
The Spartans also got wins from Kyle Miller (138) and Seth Guay (195), and Will Bell (285) and Dylan Sleezer (120) picked up forfeits.
“It’s nice to win the Foothills back, especially having to come back here and wrestle them,” Winchip said. “They’re always tough in this gym.”
Queensbury 43, Amsterdam 20
138 — Kyle Miller (Q) dec. Chris Lent, 3-1.</&hspag4>
145 — Nick Rodecker (A) dec. John Brady, 12-4.
152 — Eladio Montalvo (A) dec. Luke Little, 9-5.
160 — Jacob Garcia (A) dec. Dylan Tucker, 9-6.
170 — Will Fraser (Q) pinned Jose Merced, 1:42.
182 — Shawn Stimpson (Q) pinned Mike Swank, 2:08.
195 — Seth Guay (Q) dec. Robert Boyer, 10-2.
220 — Brody Fallas (A) by forfeit.
285 — Will Bell (Q) by forfeit.
99 — Carlos Montalvo (A) dec. Brayden Shattuck, 24-10.
106 — Double forfeit.
113 — Ryan Sleezer (Q) dec. Renso Montalvo, 7-3.
120 — Dylan Sleezer (Q) by forfeit.
126 — Trevor Robbins (Q) dec. Daniel Montalvo, 3-1.
132 — Dan Brady (Q) pinned Zack Gillis, 1:13.
Records: Queensbury (6-0, 12-5), Amsterdam (5-1, 15-12).