MASSENA - The Massena Central wrestling team overcame a 24-point deficit but was denied a full comeback by OFA in the NAC season opener for both squads on Wednesday.
We saw some good things tonight, noted Raider coach Scott Perrine after the Raiders dropped a hard-fought 46-40 decision to the Blue Devils. A couple of things didnt go exactly the way we expected but our guys will learn from this.
OFA worked its way to a 30-6 lead through the first six bouts before the Raiders battled back to take five of the next six weights and pull even at 34-34.
Nate Murdock (152) put the Blue Devils back on top when he pinned Hunter Perrine at 4:37 after having built a 16-6 lead through the first two rounds. Cody Allen David then sealed the win when he pinned Thomas Clark in 1:19 at 160 pounds.
The Blue Devils notched a total of six pins on the night: Alex Cole over Joe Ferrera in 3:49 at 182 pounds, Andrew Cole over Dakota Bernard in 1:35 at 195 pounds, Brody Sheppard over Brian Plourde in 5:18 at 99 pounds and Tanner LaPiene over Michael Brown in 1:38 at 106 pounds. Adam Rickett won by major decision (15-5) over Konnor German at 126 pounds and Nate Sarkin drew the lone forfeit win of the meet at 285 pounds. Ethan Marcello closed the meet on a positive note for the Raiders when he pinned Allen Smithers in 2:49 at 170 pounds.Also scoring pins for Massena were; Skyler Cameron over Hayden LaRock in 1:05 at 120 pounds, Jesse Patraw over Austin Lalonde in 2:24 at 132 pounds and Landon Laughlin over Glynn Breen in just 27 seconds at 138 pounds. Isaiah Perry tied the meet at 34-34 when he worked his way to a 13-2 major decision over Bailey Phelps at 145 pounds.
The other Raider points came by way of forfeit wins for Jeremy Malone at 220 pounds and Kyle Ling at 113 pounds.
We needed pins from Nate Murdock and Cody Allen David to win the match and the two boys delivered, said OFA Coach Bill Mitchell who will lead his team to the General Brown Duals on Saturday.
Modified and JV Matches : Cordell David (OFA) dec Coleman Price (MAS) 7-2, Zach LaFave (OFA) lost to David Lashomb (MAS) 11-2, JT Lalonde (OFA) lost to Gavin Perrine (MAS) by pin in 0:55, Dennis Martin (OFA) tied Devin Gauthier (MAS) 8-8, Gariot Grewal (OFA) pinned Kanietahare (MAS) in 51 seconds. Chris Cole (OFA) lost to Coleman Price (MAS) by pin in 1:19, Cordell David (OFA) decisioned David Lashomb (MAS) 15-5, JT Lalonde (OFA) lost to Alec Denney (MAS) by pin in15 seconds, Dennis Martin (OFA) decisioned Spencer Colter (MAS) 9-3, Gariot Grewal (OFA) pinned Kanietahare (MAS) in 35 seconds and, Tyler Eaton (OFA) lost to Tanner Losey (MAS) by pin in 35 seconds.
In the other season openers on Wednesday, Canton beat Clifton-Fine 50-15 and Gouverneur downed FA.