By MICHAEL LETENDRE
PLAINVILLE – The Bristol Central wrestling team picked up its first CCC South victory of the year under first year coach Matt Boissonneault as the Rams grappled with Plainville.
Central worked hard as a unit and came away with an impressive 57-16 victory from the Kegel Gym in Plainville on Wednesday, Jan. 29.
The win moved Central to 7-6 overall and 1-3 in the CCC South as the Rams were solid throughout the event, winning 10 of the 14 bouts.
“I thought some of our younger guys stepped up,” said Boissonneault. “Ben Funk’s a freshman at 106 (pounds), who’s filling in and got a pin. At 113, Jacob Kreciglowa, he got a pin. He’s been giving up a lot of weight as a first year wrestler.”
It was a great bounce-back victory for Central as the Rams fell to powerful Maloney 45-19 the previous Monday and rebounded nicely against a very pesky Plainville squad.
The night started at 126 pounds and the battle went into overtime as Central’s Josh Ganavage and Plainville’s Sam Lindgren grappled to a 1-1 stalemate after six intense minutes of action.
Both men could not seize the advantage and a fourth period quickly ensued.
Twenty-one seconds into the extra frame, Ganavage snuck around for a takedown on Lindgren – scoring the winning points – and won the battle by 3-1 decision.
“Ganavage go the overtime win,” said Boissonneault. “He’s a senior and it’s a good win for him against a quality opponent.”
Then at 132, Plainville’s David Was was pitted against bulldog Tyler Burrow and it was tough going for the Blue Devils’ standout.
Burrow led 5-0 going into the second period and off a neutral stance, Burrow took Was down and turned him over for the pin-fall win in 2:27.
Central’s Caleb Hildebrand (138 pounds) won via forfeit. At 145, Plainville’s Andrew Marsh was pinned by Central’s Josh Nelson in 2:26.
“Josh Nelson has been wrestling really well,” said Boissonneault. “He had a pretty tough kid and he just stayed with him.”
Down 21-0 going into the 152 showcase, Spence moved a few warriors around his line-up and dropped hard-nosed Jon Olivera down from 160 pounds.
“I told John (Olivera) to go to 152 pounds,” said Plainville coach Rusty Spence. “Then West could go down to 160 and then we’d throw the regular 170 (wrestler, Eric Daesener) in. Two-thirds of that worked out.”
The moved worked well as he kept the pressure on Central’s Brandon Poirier throughout as Olivera made a quick takedown. He put the Rams’ grappler in a cradle but could not get an elusive pin after one period.
Olivera continued to put pressure on Poirier in the second frame, put him in another pinning predicament, and led 8-0 with one period remaining.
In the third frame, both wrestlers had takedowns on each other. But in the end, Olivera took home a 12-3 decision for four big points.
“John did great at 152 pounds,” said Spence. “And then West came through for us there (at 160).”
West moved down from 170 to 160 pounds as Central’s Brett Scully was his opponent.
West led 2-1 after one period, made a takedown midway through the second tilt, and was inches away from a pin-fall.
Scully found himself just turned enough on the mat to get pinned as West won it in 4:46.
And then at 170, Plainville’s Eric Daesner gave it a whirl. But Central sophomore Julian Galindez was a bit quicker and picked up a pin in 50 seconds for the win as Plainville was trailing 27-10.
Central’s Tom Nelligan (182) won his bout against Rob Filipkowski by 6-1 decision while Zach Bouchard (195) took six points via a forfeit.
At 220, Central junior Jake Hall took on junior Josh Benoit. The Rams’ grappler took down the Plainville wrestler with 1:24 left in the first period and picked up a pin about nine seconds later.
“Jake’s been great,” said Boissonneault of Hall. “He’s a first year wrestler and actually bumped up from 195 because (Plainville) had a forfeit. Our regular 220 (pounder) is out so Hall bumped up there.”
“We’re undermanned sometimes but our kids are always willing to battle and that’s a good thing so far.”
And at 285 pounds, the heavyweight battle saw Plainville’s Dylan Fusco pick up a big pin-fall win over Krzystof Nizielski in 3:07 but Plainville still trailed 42-16.
The next three matches belonged to Central as Plainville used a few irregulars in the lightweight slots to battle the Rams.
First at 106, spunky Ben Funk made his move early in his showdown against Plainville’s Tyler Rizzo. The Central grappler was leading 2-1 midway through the bout. Funk got Rizzo down and kept him down, winning the match in 1:54.
Central’s Jacob Kreciglowa (113) got Mike DePascale down on the mat and pinned the Plainville wrestler in 1:36 as the Rams were ahead 54-16 in the meet.
Finally, Central’s Jean Rioux and Grant Sarra went the distance but the Rams’ grappler didn’t allow his opponent to notch a point and won by a 5-0 decision.
BRISTOL CENTRAL 57, PLAINVILLE 16
from the Kegel Gym, Plainville
126: Josh Ganavage (BC) dec. Sam Lindgren, 3-1 OT; 132: Tyler Burrow (BC) pin David Was, 2:27; 138: Caleb Hildebrand (BC) forfeit; 145: Josh Nelson (BC) pin Andrew Marsh, 2:26; 152: Jon Olivera (P) dec. Brandon Poirier, 12-3; 160: Brendan West (P) pin Brett Scully, 4:46; 170: Julian Galindez (BC) pin Eric Daesener, 0:50; 182: Tom Nelligan (BC) dec. Rob Filipkowski, 6-1; 195: Zach Bouchard (BC) forfeit; 220: Jake Hall (BC) pin Josh Benoit, 0:45 ; Heavyweight: Dylan Fusco (P) pin Krzystof Nizielski (BC), 3:07; 106: Ben Funk (BC) pin Tyler Rizzo, 1:54; 113: Jacob Kreciglowa (BC) pin Michael DePascale, 1:36; 120: Jean Rioux (BC) dec Grant Sarra, 5-0.
Records: Bristol Central 7-6 overall (1-3 CCC South); Plainville 5-9 overall (0-4 CCC South)