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Penfield wrestlers top Pittsford in battle of undefeateds
By Craig Potter, staff writer
Penfield Post
Posted Dec 10, 2009 @ 11:34 AM

Penfield, N.Y. - In a battle of two Monroe County Division 1 undefeated teams, Penfield's 37-20 victory over Pittsford on Wednesday night at Penfield showed more than just beating a very good team.

In the final bout of the evening, Penfield's 130-pounder Zach Koenig trailed Pittsford's Conor Moar, 6-2, entering the third period. He scored an escape, takedown, and alternate start to trail 7-5. Koenig then scored a takedown and nearfall for five points to gain the 10-7 decision.

"He scored five points inside a minute and 40 seconds, that's what we're all about," said Penfield coach John Leone. "Last year we got caught up a little bit in the undefeated and who is ranked where. We're about the process. What Zach did is the result of the process. He just kept wrestling hard for six minutes, never gave up, didn't worry about the score, and he found a way to make something happen out there. That's why that was pretty fun.

"That's what we're about, how that kid won that match. The process of training hard, never giving up, and just coming back and back."

The meet started with the 135 weight class where Stas Smirnov started the Patriots off with a fall in 3:19 over Michael Cheung to give Penfield a lead it would never relinquish.

"Stas is probably the best guy you want going out," Leone said. "Going back to the Fairport dual last year, he's the guy who sealed that victory. Then this year he had an opportunity to start off another big dual, and he did what he needed to do."

The Panthers and Patriots won alternate matches after that.

Pittsford's C.J. Howard earned a 9-0 major decision against Sean Murphy at 140. Penfield's Eric Mascadri countered with an 18-5 major decision at 145 versus James Lynch.

At 152, Panther Paul Lloyd blanked Patriot Matt Lahue, 5-0. Penfield's Andrew Dietrich used a third period reversal and nearfall for a 5-2 decision over Conor Lake at 160.

In the 171 bout, Pittsford's Ian Solcz road a six-point second period to a 7-2 win over Pat Carroll.

Penfield's Brandon Contreras pinned David Lee in 2:48 to win the 189 match. Jake Barnhart broke the pattern for the Patriots with a fall in 1:02 against Kenton Decross at 215 to give the Patriots a 25-10 lead.

The matches then went to the light weights where Pittsford's Dwann Hall recorded at fall in 1:43 at 103 against Mitch Moran to pulled the Panthers to 25-16.

But Penfield's 112-pounder, Brandon Ling, shut out Panther Brady Baron, 7-0, and teammate James Montante secured the victory with a pin in 1:08 over Pittsford's Jacob Pincus at 119 for a 34-16 margin with two matches remaining.

In the 125 bout Cam Kelly of Pittsford scored a 9-0 major decision over Nick Cegelski.

Penfield improved to 11-0 while Pittsford dropped to 6-1.

"They have a very good team this year," Leone said of the Panthers. "They've done a great job with their coaching staff developing those kids over there. They came in ready to go. We knew they were going to have a good team.

"They've evolved over the last few years under Jason Bovenzi. I can't remember the last time they've beaten us but they've got a good team."

The Patriots have had a busy slate to start the season.

"We went through a schedule where we hit Rush-Henrietta on Wednesday, went down to Horseheads and wrestled nine duals on Friday-Saturday, and had to go against Fulton High School (Section 3), who has won seven New York State team titles, and then rebound three days later and wrestle Pittsford, who has probably got the best team had at least in the last 20-25 years," Leone said.

So to emerge 11-0 is quite an accomplishment for a team that graduated 10 seniors off last year's 27-0 squad that finished ranked No. 5 in the state.

Craig Potter can be reached at (585) 394-0770 Ext. 351 or at cpotter@messengerpostmedia.com
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