Bonac wrestlers Andrew Foglia (189 pounds) and Nick Jarboe (215 pounds) came up big for their team in a pair of matches at a double dual meet in Stony Brook on Thursday, earning pins in their matches to stamp two victories for East Hampton.
The Bonackers started the day with a 39-36 win over host Stony Brook and got right back on the mats to take on Salesian, a Catholic high school from Rye, earning a 47-39 victory. Both matches began at the 103-pound weight class, putting the pressure on Foglia and Jarboe as the final two wrestlers. In both matches, they carried their team from a deficit to the win with their efforts. Against Stony Brook, a 36-27 deficit heading into the last two matches meant that Foglia and Jarboe needed not only to win but to earn pins in order for their team to take the match. They delivered, with Foglia earning a pin in 44 seconds while Jarboe pinned his opponent in 2:42. A pin is worth six points.
“They knew we needed that and wrestled accordingly,” East Hampton head coach Jim Stewart said. He added that beginning matches at the lower weight classes favored his team, as it leaves the final decisions in the hands of two captains who have plenty of experience. To decide which weight class will start the match, coaches draw sticks out of a hat which have a specific weight class listed on them. Fortunately for East Hampton, it drew the 103-pound stick both times.
East Hampton was in a hole early against Stony Brook after forfeiting at both 103 and 112 pounds and losing both the 119 and 125-pound weight classes by pins. Niko McMahon (130) got the first win of the day for East Hampton with a pin in 2:50 and after the Bonackers lost by a pin at 135 pounds, Kyle McGowin (140) pinned his opponent in 1:30. Steven Ward (145) followed with a 10-4 win while Chris Gamble (160) won by a pin in 4:20 to keep the Bonacker comeback rolling. At 171 pounds, Cory Pawlukojc suffered a loss by a pin before Foglia and Jarboe took control.
Stewart said that McMahon’s ability to pin his opponent was also a key factor in the tight victory for East Hampton.
“That was a surprise,” he said. “We were glad that happened.”
The Bonackers showed that they had the energy necessary to win back-to-back matches by beating Salesian without too many lineup changes. The teams were tied after double forfeits at both 103 and 112 pounds and Sawyer Bushman (119) earned six points for East Hampton by pinning his opponent in 3:03, which pleased Stewart.
“It was great for him,” Stewart said. “He’s a talented little wrestler and he’s only a freshman.”
Salesian took control after that, however, winning the next four matches, with pins in three of those matches. Ward started to trim the deficit when he picked up a superior decision victory, beating Angel Rivera 21-3. Although Ward was ahead by more than 15 points—which typically ends the match with five points awarded for a technical fall—the officials allowed the match to continue because Ward was working for a pin. He did not get the pin before time ran out, settling for the five-point decision.
Kelly Kalbacher (152) followed Ward with a pin in 3:01 and Gamble earned a pin in 3:52 before Peter Johann (171) was pinned in 1:24 in a back-and-forth match. Foglia and Jarboe wrapped up the victory by earning pins, with Foglia’s match ending in just 20 seconds while Jarboe put away his opponent in 38 seconds.
Stewart said he was pleased to see his team pick up two victories in a short span of time.
“It was great,” he said. “The kids were feeling good about themselves.”
East Hampton was originally scheduled to compete in the Doc Fallot Memorial Tournament at Hampton Bays on Saturday but could not attend due to inclement weather.
The Bonackers were scheduled to face Port Jefferson in a non-league match on Tuesday and will visit Comsewogue on January 3 at noon for a League VI match.