NBL wrestling: Windsor hands Montgomery first loss of its season

By ALLIE COLOSKY
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

WINDSOR — Montgomery traveled to Windsor in hopes of maintaining its undefeated record, but dropped a 61-9 decision to the Jaguars.

With the win, Windsor took sole possession of first place in the North Bay League.

“I was expecting exactly what happened,” Windsor coach Rich Carnation said. “Montgomery’s kids are really tough and things could have gone a couple different ways in three or four matches. We were on the good side of how they turned out.”

The Jaguars took the first match on the shoulders of Brandon Potts, then Denny Layden got six points for the Vikings by pinning Brandon Munoz in the first round.

Layden had expected much-anticipated rematch with Austin Wilson, but Wilson was out because of injury.

“I was looking forward to a rematch between them,” Carnation said, “but injuries either heal up or they nag you all season long, so we were trying to let it heal up. I have to make sure my guys are healthy.

“They will face each other again.”

Windsor extended its team score with a pin by Perez Perez, a major decision by Noah Au-Yeung, and two forfeits in the 134- and 140-weight classes.

Pins by Trevor Silva, Rob Waller and Beau Colombini put the Jaguars up 43-6, until Montgomery’s Jake Forgy defeated Joe Valdez for the Vikings’ final three points of the match.

The intensity spiked in the 184-pound division. Windsor’s Anthony Spallino and Montgomery’s Colton Silvers were tied 1-1, until Spallino recorded two points in overtime to secure the win.

“(Silvers) got out of football late so it’s good that he kept it close considering how much time he had in the practice room,” Montgomery coach Alex Duerr said.

Spallino said his team needed to toughen up in order to win the few close matches of the night.

“I knew my guys put all they had into the match,” Spallino said. “I know we can do that every single week.”

For now, both teams are looking to perfect a few things in their short turnaround before Saturday’s King of the Mat Tournament at Windsor.

“I want to clean up a few things, like my front headlock, and improve overall,” Spallino said.

The Vikings dropped their first league match of the season, but there are plenty of rematches that the team is looking forward to, Duerr said.

“Windsor is a tough team and hopefully we can just win the rest,” he said. “We would definitely like to see those rematches. Hopefully, we will get a rematch with Austin Wilson, as well.”

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