Fairfield Ludlowe wrestlers fall to Greenwich
Greenwich High School and Fairfield Ludlowe each won seven matches during Wednesday's midseason wrestling showdown against each other, so the deciding factors were which team recorded the most pins and which squad kept its shoulders off the mat.
In an evenly-matched competition, it was the Cardinals that racked up more pins and another hard-fought victory.
All seven of Greenwich's victories came by pinfall and it needed every one of them to post a 42-34 triumph against host Ludlowe.
Despite missing numerous wrestlers due to injuries, the Cardinals improved to 8-2 on the season with the win. The Falcons, which won four matches by pinfall and three by decision, are 6-4.
Senior heavyweight Chris Fischer was one of the Cardinals that pinned his opponent. Fischer raised his record to 17-5 for the season, pinning Ludlowe's Billy Stapleton in 35 seconds. Fischer isn't used to being on the mat long. He won all three of his matches at a meet last weekend at Conard by pinfall in less than one minute.
"Chris had three first-period pins last week and is really realizing his full potential," GHS coach George Albano said. "He had some tough losses at the beginning of the year, but he's wrestling with a lot of confidence and he's really given us a lift."
Indeed, Fischer has been on quite a tear lately, impressively defeating his foes.
"I'm on a good streak, which definitely started a couple of weeks ago when I was pinned at the Shoreline Invitational," Fischer said. "I've been trying to fight hard on my back and use bear hugs and headlocks as much as I can."
"It was a pretty even match, but we have a lot of first-year wrestlers who tend to get pinned a little too much," Ludlowe coach Nick Garroffolo said. "They did a good job though and they're improving. In the matches we had the advantage in, Greenwich was able to keep from getting pinned in a few of them."
Lind began the match by pinning Greenwich's Sebastian Rincon in 1:11 in the 152-pound match, then Ross gave the Cards a pin in 1:12 at 160, making it 6-6.
The Falcons took a 9-6 lead when junior Lee Stenild-Johnson took a 9-2 decision from Mark Nielsen (170) and increased it to 15-6 when Nelson (182) won by pinfall in 4:38.
Greenwich seized the lead for good, however, behind back-to-back pins from Morozov and Menchaca. Controlling the match with a headlock, Morozov pinned Patrick O'Donovan in 1:27. Menchaca won by pin in 58 seconds.
"I just tried to take shots and use my speed," said Morozov, a senior. "My coaches, who are great, have helped me improve throughout the season. We have some guys hurt, but so many guys have stepped up and have helped replace them."
In a back-and- forth match, Ehret and Ludlowe's Zach Taylor were embroiled in a 9-9 tie, before Ehret, a sophomore, scored a pinfall win in 5:05.
"I knew this match could be a 7-7 split and that pin by Ehret was key for us," Albano said.
Doyle and Stanback each continued their impressive seasons, winning by pin in 1:09 and :33, respectively.
"I came into the match pretty nervous, because I knew it could come down to me," said Stanback, a junior. "But the hard work I've been putting in has been paying off. We're missing some seniors who are injured, but we keep wrestling hard and we're doing well."
For the Falcons, Robert Clark won by major decision over Mike Ceci (140), Wales pinned Brian Harvey in 3:00 and Sherrod pinned Kevin Kumar in 1:38. Austin Sherman also edged Brandon Aguda (119) in double overtime, 5-4.
"All of those guys are having good season, they're who we count on," Garroffolo said.
Greenwich 42, Ludlowe 34 (at Ludlowe): 152 - Chase Lind (FL) pin. Sebastian Rincon 1:11; 160 - Ethan Ross (G) pin. Samuel Collier 1:12; 170 - Lee Stenild-Johnson (FL) dec. Mark Nielsen 9-2; 182 - Nate Nelson (FL) pin. Andreas Zervos 4:38; 195 - Artem Morozov (G) pin. Patrick O'Donovan 1:27; 220 - Erik Menchaca (G) pin. Matt Smith :58; heavyweight - Chris Fischer (G) pin. Billy Stapleton :35; 106 - Dylan Ehret (G) pin. Zach Taylor 5:05; 113 - Austin Sherman (FL) dec. Brandon Aguda OT 5-4; 120 George Wales (FL) pin. Brian Harvey 3:00; 126 Wyndsor Doyle (G) def. Sebastian Bastos-Neto 1:09; 132 Bryce Stanback (G) pin Chris Hernandez :33; 140 Robert Clark (FL) pin. Mike Ceci 10-2; 145 Marcus Sherrod (FL) pin Kevin Kumar 1:38