Oakes (152) took down Jordan Pelletier before picking up a pin in 3:32. Meanwhile Hoffman (160), a very impressive sophomore, trailed early but in the end, made a critical takedown with 13 seconds remaining to break a 4-4 stalemate and win by two over Glenn Pierce.
“I think where they’re good, we’re good,” said Archibald. “We’re good at 160. We’re good at 182. We’re good at 195.”
The Blue Devils were down 30-18 and only two pin-falls separated the teams.
However, Central pulled out three impressive wins to end the suspense of the evening.
First, Ian Gonzalez (170) pinned John Oliveira in 5:21. Gino Rafaniello (182) added a 16-8 major decision over the always tough Marcus Slivinsky. Finally, big Cy McIntosh needed just 56 seconds to defeat Kurt Walker.
“I think about eight kids got stuck,” said Spence. “Our kids just can’t get pinned, it’s ridiculous. I can’t explain how to not stay off your back. That’s it, that’s all I’m thinking about.”
With the McIntosh pin-fall victory in hand, Central’s tally was 46-18 with just two matches to go.
In the final two showdowns, Plainville’s Timmy West (220) moved down from 195 to pin Cody McQuarrie in just under two minutes while at heavyweight, Myles Mitera won his first varsity match, pinning Troy Maldonado in 42 seconds.
“They made a move there, they bumped their 195 wrestler up to 220,” said Archibald. “There was no reason for it. The match was already over but they made that move and it would have been nice to have a good match for two good kids. But they made a choice to bump that kid away from our kid and that changed those other two matches.”
But in the end, Central came out on top with the 46-30 win.
By MICHAEL LETENDRE
BRISTOL – The Bristol Central wrestling squad picked up an important victory on senior night as the Rams sacked Plainville 46-30 in a CCC South challenge in Bristol on Wednesday, Jan. 30.
Before the meet, Central honored its senior core of Andrew Martin, Troy Maldonado, Glenn Pierce, Jordan Pelletier, Cy McIntosh, Jordan Nadami, and Gino Rafaniello. That special crew – along with the rest of the team – put together another solid victory while gaining a little additional momentum for a couple big weeks worth of matches that are now on the horizon.
“The senior are seniors and most of those guys are four year guys,” said Central coach Brian Archibald. “It means a lot for them to be able to come out and do what they did. It was nice for them to come out senior night and take care of business.”
But the young Blue Devils wanted to spoil those senior night festivities and were looking for an upset bid.
Plainville proved to be pesky throughout the evening, jumping out to a 9-0 lead and certainly put the Rams in a bit of a hole to start things out.
“We were hanging with these guys,” said Plainville coach Rusty Spence. “Bristol Central is a tough team. They’re getting it together.”
But in the end, the Rams made a number of big pins to take the lead while Plainville – needing pins of its own during critical encounters in the match – came away a couple points short.
At 106 pounds, Plainville’s Doug Romano and Central’s Joe Cherwinski battled in a back and forth bout that could have gone either way.
However, the grappler from Plainville led by one after two periods and held on to pick up a 7-6 decision.
Then, Plainville’s Tim Lister, shifting down to 113, picked up a big pin over Breck Conlon as the Blue Devils edged in front 9-0.
Conlon had a chance at a fall early during the bout. But Lister made a critical takedown in the second to eventually pick up the pin.
“At 113 pounds, nine times out of 10, I think it’s a different result there,” said Archibald of the Conlon loss.
But towards the middle of the event, a succession of pins by the hometown heroes pushed the meet right back into Central’s collective hands to turn a 9-0 deficit into a 30-9 cushion.
“I knew going in that they were a little thin (in the lighter weights),” said Archibald. “Some of the kids did pretty well.”
Trailing by nine, Central’s Josh Ganavage (120) started the run off by pinning Nicole Basile in just 46 seconds while Kadeem Richards (126) made a takedown on Andrew Marsh quickly into things and picked up a pin-fall victory in 1:22 as the Rams snatched up a 12-9 push.
Following suit, Tyler Burrow bullied Sam Lingren and made a pin in 3:31, Jordan Nadimi (138) won via pin-fall over Dom Villardi in 1:33 while at 145, Sean Ziogas made a quick reversal for a pin over Cedric Rivera as Central stacked up a 30-9 edge.
But in the heart of the Plainville line-up, the Blue Devils rode the power of Connor Oakes and Mischa Hoffman and the duo did not disappoint for the visitors.