Law takes fourth at Duals
Coach Matt Schoonmaker’s Jonathan Law wrestling team played host and took fourth place at the Joe Beler Duals on Dec. 28.
Law was victorious over Bunnell of Stratford and Greens Farms Academy, before losing to Foran, sixth-ranked Farmington and Seymour.
“I make sure I get our kids a tough schedule, so there are some meets we’ll lose. But it’s the best thing for our program,” Schoonmaker said.
“I hold our kids and our program to a high standard, and that means wrestling against the best teams. We have a tougher lineup of teams we face, and that’s no accident.”
Schoonmaker’s Lawmen opened up the day with a 49-29 win over Bunnell.
Freshmen Zach Anderson (106) and Luke Centore (113) won by forfeit, putting Law on top 12-0.
Junior Tim Rebentisch, wrestling in the 120-pound slot, entered the third period of his match tied at 4 before he earned two takedowns and a near fall to secure a 9-3 decision.
Sean Berg and Mark Bluemer notched back-to-back pins in the 132- and 138-pound classes, as did Max German (170) and Kurt Holden (182).
Devin Bannon’s 10-0 major decision in the 152-pound class and Justin Cortes’ win by forfeit at 195 sealed the deal.
Greens Farms Academy
Law was victorious in only one of the six matches it wrestled against Greens Farms, when Berg pinned his 132-pound opponent in 2:54.
Greens Farms was forced to forfeit in eight weight classes, and Law took advantage to defeat GFA by a score of 54-26.
Law’s most exciting match of the day came in the third round when it took on crosstown rival Foran.
The Lawmen jumped out to an early lead against the Lions, with senior Phil Manes earning a 9-2 decision over Foran’s Jubilee Witte in the 126-pound class.
After a scoreless first period, Witte took the lead early in the second frame with a reversal from his defensive position.
But Manes notched a reversal of his own halfway through the period, before adding a near fall to take the score to 5-2 at the end of the round.
Manes opted for the defensive position to open up the third, working another reversal and a near fall to expand his lead to 9-2.
Berg followed up with a 29-second pin of Michael Bakx, and Bluemer kept control of Patrick Fitzgerald through most of their 138-pound match to secure a 4-2 decision.
Foran’s Ray DeWitt earned the early takedown of Bannon in the 145-pound slot, but Bannon worked a reversal midway through the first frame and added a near fall as time ran out.
The pair returned to neutral to open up the second, and Dewitt once again took down Bannon to tie the score at 4.
Bannon escaped and the pair both went for control, but it was Bannon who seized the takedown and recorded the pin at 2:46.
With the score now at 18-0, Law’s Jason Savisky took the mat against Rich Kratzer in the 152-pound slot.
Kratzer drew first blood with a takedown halfway through the first, but Savisky reversed shortly thereafter and the score stood at 2-2 after one frame.
Kratzer kept Savisky in his defensive position for over a minute into the second, but Savisky worked a reversal midway through the period to put himself on top 4-2.
The Lawman added a takedown in the third to stretch his lead to 4-2, but Kratzer put up a reversal and a near fall with short time to send the match into sudden-death overtime.
It was here that Savisky came through, taking down Kratzer to secure the 8-6 win. A pin by German in the 170-pound class gave Law a 27-6 lead, but it encountered difficulty with Foran’s upper weight classes and the Lions worked their way back to tie the score at 30 after the 106-pound class.
Centore earned himself an 8-0 decision in the 113, but Law ultimately lost by a margin of 34-33.
The Lawmen met further difficulty in the fourth round, when they took on the day’s eventual winner, Farmington.
Berg stayed in control of his 132-pound opponent and notched a 15-3 major decision for his fourth win of the day, and Bluemer added a 5-1 decision for his third victory.
Not until Anderson pinned his 106-pound opponent did Law win another match, though, and Farmington walked away with the 48-19 win to stay in the championship bracket.
Now 2-2, the Lawmen wrapped up the day by meeting Seymour in the third-place final.
The Wildcats jumped ahead to a 22-0 lead with four victories, including an injury default, before Law fought back in the upper middle weights.
German recorded his third win of the day with a 29-second pin, and Kurt Holden followed up with a 16-0 tech fall at 182.
Cortes kept things going, pinning his 195-pound opponent in 1:32 to narrow the gap to 22-17. But Seymour stretched its lead to 40-17, and Law couldn’t overcome the deficit even with a 29-second pin by Rebentisch (120) and a 16-0 tech fall by Manes (126). The final score was 52-28.
“Seymour has a good team this year, so we knew the championship round would be tough,” Schoonmaker said. “Overall we could have done better, but it wasn’t a bad day.”