HUDSON FALLS | Rare it is when a rivalry match takes a back seat to another, but the Queensbury wrestling team did not let the prospect of bigger fish distract from the job at hand.
Needing a win to set up a Foothills Council title showdown at Amsterdam on Thursday, the Spartans cruised to a 66-13 victory Wednesday over Hudson Falls in their annual clash of rivals.
“It’s never easy when you wrestle these guys,” said Queensbury coach Bob Winchip, whose team improved to 6-0 in the league, 15-2 overall. “Every year we wrestle them, they’re tough, they find ways to (win matches).”
“We performed well — we went out to wrestle and really proved ourselves,” said senior Jon Law, who recorded one of the Spartans’ seven pins, at 145 pounds. “We’re going to go out and wrestle the same way again (Thursday), and I believe we’re going to come out Foothills champions.”
Also pinning for Queensbury were Dom Nassivera (160 pounds), Nico Mattia (170), Sean Duffy (195), Nate Angell (113), Will Hughes (132) and Jared Bruno (152). The Spartans also got decisions from Derrick Finnegan (126) and Sam Linendoll (138), plus three forfeits.
“We’re pinners — we teach them to get on top and don’t let them off their back, and it showed tonight, we had a lot of pins,” Winchip said.
“They’re one of the top two or three schools in the section — we had our work cut out for us. They’re solid all the way through,” said Tigers coach Mike Prendergast, whose team finished the regular season at 5-2, good for third in the league, and 10-12 overall.
“I don’t think (Queensbury has) any superstars, but you know every kid is going to be pretty close to the podium by the end of the year, or on it,” Prendergast added. “It’s a good test here before the postseason — hopefully we can compete for a sectional title in our small schools.”
Hudson Falls, which is set to host the Class CC sectional meet on Feb. 6, got a pin from Tristan Dupuis at 182, and decisions by Tom Hill (220) and Connor Paige (120).
Following Wednesday’s match, the Spartans’ attention was firmly on Amsterdam (6-0, 14-6) and their 6 p.m. Thursday showdown at Lynch Literacy Academy.
“We match up pretty good in our favor — their upper weights are pretty good, but our middle weights are pretty solid,” Winchip said.
“Our middleweights are strong, from 126 up through 170,” Law said. “We have a lot of guys who have placed high in the section there — we’re battling every day in the room going live, really pushing each other to the limit.”
“Amsterdam’s going to be very tough, they’re a bunch of great wrestlers,” said Nassivera, a sophomore. “We’ll make sure we wrestle hard, do the best we can and battle each weight class — win big and lose little.”
Queensbury 66, Hudson Falls 13
160 — Dom Nassivera (Q) pinned Ethan Huguley, 1:55.
170 — Nico Mattia (Q) pinned Dylan Steenken, :36.
182 — Tristan Dupuis (HF) pinned Jimmy Fiorini, 3:52.
195 — Sean Duffy (Q) pinned Sean Ramirez, 3:20.
220 — Tom Hill (HF) dec. Travis Stiles, 5-1.
285 — Jamie LaFarr (Q) by forfeit.
99 — Dylan Sleezer (Q) by forfeit.
106 — Antoine Grace (Q) by forfeit.
113 — Nate Angell (Q) pinned James Haley, 1:53.
120 — Connor Paige (HF) dec. Dawson LaLuna, 8-0.
126 — Derrick Finnegan (Q) dec. Michael Sherman, 6-0.
132 — Will Hughes (Q) pinned Chris Jett, 3:50.
138 — Sam Linendoll (Q) dec. Joel Charpentier, 9-4.
145 — Jon Law (Q) pinned Jason Blackman, :55.
152 — Jared Bruno (Q) pinned Nate Keech, 1:05.
Records: Queensbury (6-0, 15-2), Hudson Falls (5-2, 10-12).