Lawmen third at Beler Duals

Jonathan Law’s Samantha Rebentisch makes short work of her opponent from Stratford High. (Photo by Kyra Palange)

With Ryan Bannon earning his 100th career win, the Jonathan Law wrestling team placed third at the Joe Beler Duals at Law on Saturday.
This Thursday, Foran will host Law in a crosstown Milford dual at 6:30.
Coach Matt Schoonmaker’s Lawmen defeated Stratford, East Lyme and Waterford before falling to Farmington in the final round of preliminary competition.
Bannon was victorious in the 138-pound class, notching the early takedown in the first period.
Farmington’s grappler earned a reversal, but Bannon flipped him late in the first period and secured the fall at 1:55.
Besides Bannon, only two other Law wrestlers put up points in the 63-18 loss, as 195-pounder Phil Centore and 220-pounder Jimmy Marron both won by forfeit.
The loss bumped the Lawmen out of first-place contention, and they met the Masuk Panthers in the third-place match, which they dominated.
Having won four times already that day, Bannon came into the day’s final dual with 99 wins.
As luck would have it, the 138-pounder was first on the mat and Bannon wasted no time going for the record books.
After an early takedown, Bannon earned the fall just 38 seconds into the match, sealing the deal on his 100th victory.
“It was a great feeling,” Bannon said of his win. “I got the pin and I looked up, and saw everyone cheering and holding up signs…it was incredible.”
Bannon’s victory gave the Lawmen a lead that they never relinquished. The squad never led by less than 12 and earned six pins on their way to a 52-28 victory.
After Bannon’s pin, Collin Carollo and Max German each followed up with first-period falls, German’s in just 43 seconds.
Anthony Volturno made quick work of Masuk’s Anthony McConnell in the 170-pound class, taking quick control and pinning the Panther in 44 seconds.
By the end of the upper classes, Law was riding a comfortable 36-18 lead.
Samantha Rebentisch posted a 10-1 major decision at 106, and 113-pounder Rachel Escobar, aggressive from the whistle, took down her foe and earned the fall only 34 seconds into the match.
In the consolation final, Law bested Masuk of Monroe 52-24 to secure third place.
Law opened up the day with a 54-25 win over the Stratford Red Devils.
Tim Rebentisch got things started with a 44-second pin in the 113-pound weight class, and though Law fell behind 13-6, the locals regrouped.
Bannon got the rally started with a 2:22 pin in the 138-pound class, and Carollo and German followed up with a pair of quick takedowns and pins (47 and 45 seconds, respectively).
Kyle Frawley was taken down early in the 182-pound class, but escaped midway through the first period.
The Lawman, going on the offensive, quickly earned a late-period takedown and secured the fall with 17 seconds left in the frame.
Centore took care of his 195-pound opponent in 34 seconds, and, two weight classes later, heavyweight Marron did similarly, earning a takedown and fall in 58 seconds flat.
Samantha Rebentisch capped things off with a pin at 1:40 in her 106-pound bout to seal the deal on the 54-25 win.
Five forfeits helped Law defeat East Lyme by a score of 60-19, and the remainder of the Lawmen’s points came on five falls.
Tim Rebentisch got things started with a pin in the 120-pound class. The match was tied at 2 at the end of the first period, but Rebentisch’s opponent chose the defensive position to open up the second frame. The Lawman held him down, earning the fall 37 seconds into the second period.
Mark Bluemer added a 2:45 pin in the 132-pound class, and, after a pair of forfeits, German earned the early takedown in his 152-pound bout and pinned his foe with just two seconds left on the clock in the first period.
German’s pin took the score to a comfortable 36-0, and the Lawmen added four more victories.
Volturno in the 170-pound class and Escobar at 113 each won by forfeit, and Centore at 195 and Josh Galarza at 220 each helped out with pins.
Law’s most exciting meet of the day came in the third round, when the squad took on Waterford.
The dual saw two ties and four lead changes, but the Lawmen ultimately found themselves on top 39-36.
Bannon’s pin at 3:29 in the 138-pound class chipped away at Waterford’s lead, but the Lawmen did not find themselves in front until a 34-second pin by German at 152 and a forfeit to Kurt Holden at 160 took the score to 18-15.
Volturno held out for a 7-0 decision at 170, but a pin by Waterford at 182 tied the score at 21.
Waterford took another lead with a pin at 195, but forfeits to Law at 220, heavyweight and 106 lifted Law to a 39-27 lead.
Two pins would have tied the score and forced tiebreaking criteria, but Escobar evaded the pin in the 113-pound class to secure the team victory for the Lawmen.

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