Fast start propels Amity past Prep

WOODBRIDGE — The Amity wrestling team made quick work of Fairfield Prep last Wednesday night, posting a 60-12 victory to improve to 3-0.

The Spartans recorded six first-period pins to cruise to the Southern Connecticut Conference victory, which took place at the Amity gym in Woodbridge.

“We knew that we had to pin kids tonight,” Amity coach Gil Jennings said. “They scored 30 points last week against Jonathan Law (but lost 45-30) and that made me nervous. We like to push the pace of our matches. The faster we push, the happier we are. We were much more aggressive and wrestled a lot better tonight than we had last week against East Haven.”

Gabriel Nudel (135 pounds — 1 minute, 33 seconds), A.J. Pyne (145 — 1:38), Alex Carpenter (160 — 55 seconds), Nick Bubaris (171 — 1:42), Jacob Duchen (189 — 59 seconds), and Tyler Bishop (125 — 1:47) all recorded first-period pins for Amity.

Pins by Nudel and Pyne were sandwiched around Tyler Rehm’s 1-0 decision of Joe Roberts at 1:40.

The match’s lone point came on an escape by Rehm with 45 seconds left in the third and final period.

With those three early victories, the Spartans jumped out to a 15-3 lead. After Prep added three points when Alex Amador defeated Evan Milas 6-2 in the 152-pound battle, Amity responded with successive first-period pins by Carpenter, Bubaris, and Duchen, extending their lead to 33-6.

The most intriguing match of the night was at 215. Nick Dadonna trailed his Jesuit opponent Dan Mitre throughout the first two periods. Heading into the final 2-minute session, Mitre held a 5-1 advantage.

Thanks to an early third-period flurry, Mitre extended his advantage to 10-3. Still trailing 10-6 with less than a minute to go, Dadonna suddenly came alive, turned, took Mitre down, and pinned him with 1 second left in their match.

“Nick is a first-year wrestler who is learning as he goes,” Jennings said. “He’s a football player so he knows how to tackle people. He could have put his guy away earlier in the match when he had him down on the mat, but doesn’t really know yet how to use his weight and he rolled off him.”

With Jon Antrum’s heavyweight pin in 2:16 and Danny Grober picking up a forfeit at 103, the Spartans’ lead increased to 51-6. Peter Litwin added a 2-0 decision over Jason Rohas at 112 and Bishop closed out the match with his 1:47 pin at 125. The match began with Prep’s Cody Bilcheck outpointing Nick Litwin 4-2 in their 130-point contest.

“I was very pleased with how Gabriel Nudel wrestled at 135,” Jennings said. “Alex Carpenter is like a machine. Last week at the Ludlowe Tournament in Fairfield he just tore apart John Smith of Danbury, who is an excellent wrestler. After losing to a guy from Shelton in his first match of the season, Alex is now on a mission. He is a very committed, determined, dedicated individual. He has a brother that graduated from West Point and another brother who is at West Point now. Alex is hoping that he can soon follow them to the Point.”