Foran defeats Law (match update)
It was a matchup of Milford wrestling teams at Foran High, and it was coach Frank Peters’ Lions who ended up on the winning end of the 39-24 final score over coach Matt Schoonmaker’s Jonathan Law Lawmen on Thursday night.
Following a short ceremony honoring past Foran wrestling state champions, Foran’s Zach Hubler and Law’s Anthony Volturno took the mat in the 182-pound class to open up the competition.
Hubler set the tone for the match with an early takedown and had taken an 7-0 lead by the end of the first period. He added a reversal in the second and a takedown in the third to further distance himself from Volturno.
Volturno escaped with eight seconds left in the third, but it was too little, too late, and Hubler earned the first victory of the evening.
In the 195-pound class, Foran’s Ben Croll blocked a shot attempt by Law’s Kyle Frawley to bring him down for the early takedown.
Croll added a near-fall in the second period and managed to keep control of Frawley throughout the frame, then assumed the defensive position to open up the third.
Six seconds after the whistle, Croll had reversed Frawley to take the score to 6-0.
Frawley came out of nowhere with a reversal of his own, but Croll escaped when Frawley attempted a cradle, and the whistle signaled to end the match and give Croll the 9-2 decision.
One of the most exciting bouts occurred between Foran’s Luke Edmonson and Law’s Phil Centore in the 220-pound slot.
Edmonson took an early shot and nearly brought Centore down, but the Lawman stayed on his feet and skillfully evaded the takedown.
Edmonson eventually procure his takedown, but Centore quickly reversed, and the back-and-forth continued for the rest of the match.
Edmonson took a 5-2 lead into the second and escaped his defensive position to start off the frame, but a takedown and near-fall by Centore put the Lawman on top 7-6 at the end of the period.
Edmonson took advantage of Centore’s defensive position to earn a near-fall, but Centore reversed to gain control and tie the score at 9.
Edmonson escaped to take a 10-9 lead, and the pair remained tied up through the end of the third period to take the team score to 10-0 Foran.
Law heavyweight Jimmy Marron notched a quick takedown over Foran’s Chris Kyek and recorded the pin at 1:10 to narrow the gap to 10-6 going into the lower weights.
Foran junior Liam Callahan worked a takedown and near-fall to take a 5-0 lead over Law’s Sam Rebentisch by the end of the first period, and Callahan piled on the points to secure the 15-0 technical fall with 35 seconds left in the final frame.
In the 113-pound class, Foran’s Jake Pouilot earned the early takedown over Law’s Tim Rebentisch, and that takedown was the only scoring in the first period of the match.
Rebentisch kept Pouilot down to open up the second, but the Lion worked a reversal and kept control for the rest of the period.
With the score at 18-6 after six matches, Law’s Phil Manes took on Foran’s Jubilee Witte in the 120-pound class.
It was tied at four in the second period before Manes suffered a nosebleed that stalled the match. After a few unsuccessful attempts to stop the bleeding, Schoonmaker took a no-nonsense approach and wrapped athletic tape around Manes’ head and headgear to hold his noseplugs in place.
The tactic worked, as Manes was able to finish out the match without further trouble. He earned a takedown in the second and a reversal from his defensive position in the third to walk away with the 8-4 win.
Foran’s Rodrigo Sopriza notched the early takedown in the 126-pound class and controlled Law’s Sean Berg for the duration of the period. The two traded control the next four minutes with Sopriza edging out Berg for the 2-1 victory.
Coming off his 100th victory at the Milford Duals, Law’s Ryan Bannon jumped ahead 7-1 lead before earning the fall over Foran’s Jesus Ortiz at 1:33.
Three weight classes later in the 152-pound slot, fellow 100-win wrestler Clay Callahan of Foran took a 9-1 lead into the second period, where he finished off Law’s Kurt Holden 42 seconds into the frame.
Between Bannon and Callahan, Law’s Collin Carollo and Foran’s Patrick Fitzgerald went head-to-head in the 138-pound class.
Carollo had accumulated a 6-1 lead by the end of the first period, but the duo were tied at seven in the third frame.
Fitzgerald had control of Carollo, who stood up and reached through his own legs to take one of Fitzgerald’s. The reversal gave Carollo a 9-7 lead, which was good for the win.
In the 145-pound class, C.J. Luth took a 7-1 lead over Law’s Nick Catandella before recording the pin within the first minute.
Lawman Max German took a 5-1 lead over Noah Hubler in the first period, then finished off the Lion towards the end of the second frame.
Wasim Khan capped things off for the Lions with a 1:52 pin of Law’s Pierre Holveck in the 170-pound class.