Bannon post four wins for Lawmen

Coach Matt Schoonmaker’s Jonathan Law wrestling team had a rough go of it last Saturday at a five-team dual meet at Derby High, winning only one matchup — against Fitch of Groton — and suffering losses to Derby, New Fairfield and Newington.

Ryan Bannon was 4-for-4, including a pin of Derby High’s Mike Mauro in the 132-pound class

Law got the day off to a good start, defeating Fitch by a score of 60-21.

The score was 4-0 Fitch when 126-pounder Sean Berg got things started for Law, earning a first-period takedown and near- fall and taking a 5-0 lead into the second frame.

Berg assumed the defensive position to open up the second period, but quickly worked his Falcon opponent onto his back and earned the fall 42 seconds into the frame.

Ryan and Devin Bannon added pins in the 132- and 138-pound classes, respectively, with Ryan’s coming in 1:33 and Devin’s in just 29 seconds.

Max German added a first-period pin in the 160 to take the score to 24-10 Law, but Fitch was able to chip away to 24-21 over the next two matches.

Those wins, however, were the last two victories that Fitch would see in the match.

Chris Krouch started Law’s six-match rally, extending his team’s lead to 30-21 with a pin in the 182-pound class.

Krouch earned the early takedown and sealed the deal with a fall just over a minute into the period.

Kyle Frawley took just 23 seconds to take down and pin his 195-pound opponent, stretching Law’s lead to 36-21.

Fitch’s small roster proved beneficial for Law, as Phil Centore (220), Jimmy Marron (285) and Sam Rebentisch (106) each won by forfeit.

Tim Rebentisch put the finishing touches on Law’s team victory with a pin in the 113-pound class.

He recorded the early takedown and nearly pinned Fitch’s Bryan Brown, but instead took a 5-0 lead into the second period.

Tim Rebentisch earned the fall 43 seconds into the second period, capping off Law’s 60-21 win.

The Lawmen came close to victory a couple more times, but the win over Fitch was the only triumph Law would see that day.

Following a second-round bye, the squad faced Derby in the third round of duals.

Ryan Bannon gave Law an early lead, earning a major decision over Mauro in the 132-pound class to take the score to 4-0 after one match.

Bannon earned a first-period takedown and took a 2-0 lead into the second period, opting for the defensive position to open up the frame.

He escaped Mauro’s hold, returned briefly to neutral before shooting and earning his second takedown of the match.

Bannon added a takedown in the third period and the clock expired with the Lawman on the winning end of a 10-1 score.

After a pair of pins for Derby, German pinned his Raider opponent in just 42 seconds in the 152-pound class.

Anthony Volturno followed up with a major decision in the 160, earning just a takedown in the first period and an escape in the second.

He added a reversal and a near-fall in the third stanza to seal the deal on his 8-0 win and put Law back in front 14-12.

The Lawmen fell behind again after two Red Raider pins, but worked their way back in the highest weight classes.

Frawley racked up a 15-4 lead in the 195-pound class before pinning Derby’s Dave Ahearn with less than a minute left in the third period, narrowing the gap to 24-20.

It was Centore who put the Lawmen back on top with a pin in the 220-pound class.

Centore took a 5-0 lead into the second period, where he assumed the defensive position to open up the frame.

The first minute of the period saw three reversals, one by Derby’s Jose Santamaria and two by Centore, but it was the Lawman who finally took advantage of his control and pinned Santamaria 54 seconds into the period.

Marron extended Law’s lead to 32-24 with a 36-second pin in the heavyweight class.

Marron’s victory was ultimately the last individual win Law would have against Derby.

Unable to surmount Derby’s notoriously successful lightweights, Law surrendered the final four matches and lost the dual 45-32.

After suffering a 52-20 loss to New Fairfield highlighted by a 10-second pin by Volturno and a 37-second pin by Marron, Law wrapped up the day with a meet against Newington.

The lead changed hands four times during the dual, but the Indians eventually prevailed 41-33.

After a Newington pin in the 145, German answered with a 2:17 pin in the 152 after earning a takedown late in the first frame.

Volturno added a 3:17 pin in the 160, but Newington kept up with the Lawmen’s scoring and reclaimed the lead with a decision at 182.

Frawley put Law back on top with a 3:03 fall at 195.

Centore added a 2:17 pin in the 220 to extend Law’s lead to 24-15.

But only Tim Rebentisch at 113 and Ryan Bannon at 132 were victorious for the Lawmen after that, and the squad ultimately dropped the dual 41-33.