It was closer than usual, but in the end the Fairfield Warde wrestling team still reigned over its crosstown rival.
The Mustangs won 10 of 14 matches, improving to 8-0 in a 52-21 win over Fairfield Ludlowe on Wednesday night at Warde.
"They're a good squad, but we're a little better right now," Warde coach Jason Shaughnessy said. "(Ludlowe) came to compete, and we showed them who we are."
Although Warde beat Ludlowe for the seventh consecutive year, the Falcons earned more points Wednesday (21) than they had in each of the previous two dual-matches against Warde (19).
Six Mustangs recorded pins, led by heavyweight Amed Hourani, who claimed the fastest fall. Hourani pinned Ludlowe's Jacob Jessen in just 21 seconds.
"I knew what he would be doing," Hourani said. "I pretty much overpowered him."
Warde's Gabe Dias, wrestling at 220, claimed an upset, according to Shaughnessy. The first-year wrestler pinned Ludlowe senior Matt Garoffolo in 1:00, whipping the Mustangs' bench into a frenzy.
"I didn't know if we'd win that or not," Shaughnessy said. "Gabe's a first-year wrestler, and the coach's son has been wrestling for a long time. That would be an upset."
"I was proud of myself," Dias said.
The Falcons fell to 11-4, despite claiming four of the first eight matches -- three via pins. Ludlowe got as close as 24-21 after Ben Batulanon (113) pinned Jack Anderson in just 1:13.
"I was happy with our team," Ludlowe coach Nick Garoffolo said. "We came to wrestle, we wrestled hard, we didn't roll over for them."
But Dan Ebert (120), Charlie Kane (126), Dylan Bender (138) and Phil Neamonitis (145) claimed their matches by major decision. Pharoah Eaton and Anthony Rotz both earned pins, with Rotz's coming in just 1:07.
"From 120 to 138, they have two losses on the season," Shaughnessy said. "If it was anywhere remotely close going into 120, we knew we were in good shape."
George Wales and Ben Brzoski each also earned pins for Ludlowe. Brozski, originally slated to wrestle at 182, wrestled up at 195 and beat Warde's Jordi Proskinitopoulous in 1:45.
"I didn't want to wrestle up, but it was best for the team," Brzoski said. "I was able to get the pin, which the team needed."
"Tonight we were physical, we were aggressive," Shaughnessy said. "I'm pleased that we wrestled hard and that we did well tonight."
Fairfield Warde 52, Fairfield Ludlowe 21 (at Fairfield Warde): 160: Colin Ventura (W) pinned Angel Bauro 1:03; 171: Joe Sokolski (L) dec. Connor Price 15-9; 182: Thomas Anania (W) pinned Kyle Pietrzak 2:53; 195: Ben Brzoski (L) pinned Jordi Proskinitopolous 1:45; 220: Gabe Dias (W) pinned Matt Garoffolo 1:00; 285: Amed Hourani (W) pinned Jacob Jessen 0:21: 106: George Wales (L) pinned Utsav Shresha 1:47: 113: Ben Batulanon (L) pinned Jack Anderson 1:13; 120: Dan Ebert (W) major dec. Marcus Sherrod 15-2; 126: Charlie Kane (W) major dec. Bobby Clark 12-0; 132: Pharoah Eaton (W) pinned Kyle Decruccio 3:50; 138: Dylan Bender (W) major dec. Chase Lind 10-1; 145: Phil Neamonitis (W) major dec. Peter Clark 15-5; 152: Anthony Rotz pinned Lee Stenild-Johanson 1:07. Records: Fairfield Ludlowe 11-4; Fairfield Warde 8-0.