After posting a 1-9 record at the Linda Stuart Memorial Tournament in Colonie the previous weekend, the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk wrestling team was happy to be back to grappling with Colonial Council competition.
The Indians recorded several pins on their way to a 64-20 victory over Voorheesville last Thursday.
The kids went out and did what they needed to do, said R-C-S coach Henry Mormile. "The kids wrestled well, so I was pretty pleased with that."
Voorheesville's cause wasn't helped by the fact that it gave up six bouts on forfeits, but the Blackbirds who wrestled battled their opposition hard.
"With six forfeits, it's tough to win like thath," said Voorheesville coach Matt Robinson. "Three of those forfeits were regular starters, too."
The best battle came in the 285-pound weight class between R-C-S's Alex Soutere and Voor-heesville's Wes Harrigan. Harri-gan led 8-4 in the third period when Soutere caught him for a two-point takedown that led to a pin.
"It was a great battle back," said Mormile. "Both kids were really tired at that point, so they need to get back into the training room. But that was a great match."
"It's tough to swallow those [types of losses], but he's only a sophomore," said Robinson of Harrigan.
The bout that had the most potential for excitement was the 130-pound clash between R-C-S's Andy Lyman and Voorheesville's Taylor Treadgold. But Lyman put a stop to that by dominating Treadgold to the tune of a 14-4 victory.
"Taylor is one of our best wrestlers, but Andy is the best wrestler in the section," said Robinson. "If Taylor wants to win a [Sectional] title, he has to learn how to beat a guy like that."
"Treadgold came out and gave him a good fight," said Mormile.
Voorheesville had four individual winners in the match, which only partially pleased Robinson.
"At this point, the goal is to win on the mat, not the scoreboard," said Robinson. "We didn't do that tonight, but Ravena is always one of the best teams in the league."