Scot­ties out-point Blue Streaks on the mat for sec­ond vic­tory

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - By Stan Hudy [email protected]­gian.com @StanHudy on Twit­ter

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> After the Ballston Spa wrestling team grad­u­ated an eye-pop­ping 10 se­niors last year, in­clud­ing cur­rent North Carolina State grap­plers Tyler Barnes and Jake Cook, the re­main­der of the Sub­ur­ban Coun­cil should have breathed a sigh of re­lief head­ing into this sea­son.

But it ap­pears that Scot­ties Coach Har­vey Staulters made a trip to the foun­tain of youth and his young guns pow­ered their way to a 41-28 win on the road at Saratoga Springs Wed­nes­day night for their sec­ond win of the sea­son.

“We’re a young bunch, they’re scrappy,” Coach Har­vey Staulters said. “We have about 33 kids in the room and 25 of them are eighth-, ninth or 10th graders.

“They’re thinkers; we have good lead­er­ship with our se­niors, so that’s help­ing us out with our young­sters. The young­sters, they just be­lieve they should win, so it’s been

nice.”

Down early, Gen­naro DeRober­tis was down by six points in the sec­ond pe­riod be­fore he re­versed Saratoga’s Syd­ney Jor­gensen and put him on his back for a pin at 3:22 of their 126-pound bout, knot­ting the match at 10 points apiece.

The Ballston Spa fresh­man had a rough start to his night even be­fore step­ping onto the mat.

“I got a bloody nose be­fore prac­tice, it was very bad,” Gen­naro DeRober­tis said. “We plugged it up right be­fore my match; I just went in and did my thing.

“I just waited un­til my chance and I took it, head and arm, put him on his back and got the pin.”

The key win in­spired DeRober­tis and the rest of the Scot­tie’s un­der­class­men.

“It re­ally makes me think that I be­long on var­sity,” DeRober­tis said. “I can re­ally help the team out with points.”

Saratoga would then see Maxim Chuck­row and Eric Griskowitz each earn de­ci­sions for a six-point lead, 16-10 be­fore Ballston Spa ral­lied with two de­ci­sions of its own, Ramel Brooks at 145 and Jovie Aca­cio at 152, creat­ing a dead­lock at 16 points each.

Brooks over­came Pa­trick Spatafora, 9-4, that saw both wrestlers ex­hausted at the end of the three twominute ses­sions.

“I nor­mally shoot a dou­ble (leg take­down) and then he caught me with my dou­bles and I just kept on shoot­ing dou­bles and he kept on catch­ing me with them,” Ballston Spa’s Ramel Brooks said. “I was just rapidly shoot­ing and he kept on catch­ing me so it was rough. I had to switch up my game plan and try to get points some other way.”

A tech­ni­cal pin fall by Ballston’s James Pras­tio gave the Scot­ties some breath­ing room at 160 be­fore Peter Hansen earned a pin at 170 for the 27-16 lead with Colby Har­blin fol­low­ing up with a dra­matic 3-2 win at 182.

A take­down by Saratoga’s Devin Crowe with 18 sec­onds left in the third at the edge of the cir­cle was awarded and then quickly waived off by the ref­eree, putting both wrestlers back in the cen­ter of the mat in the neu­tral po­si­tion in the wan­ing sec­onds. Crowe was un­able to come up with an­other key move in the fi­nal 20.

Saratoga’s Brandt Robin­son de­liv­ered a 33 sec­ond pin at 195 and Doug Cooper fol­lowed with a pin at 1:49 at 220 to cut the Ballston lead 30-22 be­fore Sec­tion 2 heavy­weight cham­pion Jake Stan­gle earned a pin in 54 sec­onds.

Ballston Spa light­weight Nick Palso closed out the night with a tech­ni­cal pin fall with 17 sec­onds left in his match.

“We didn’t match up with them,” Saratoga Coach Kris West said. “They’re in­ex­pe­ri­enced guys wres­tled kind of our in­ex­pe­ri­enced guys and they were a lit­tle bit bet­ter in those weight classes.

“126 (pounds) was a match we’re win­ning by six, then he gets rocked and pinned, that’s a big swing in the match and then 182, one of our bet­ter guys, his guy was a sec­tional place fin­isher, our guy was and that’s a one-point match that we could have had on the close call on the edge and that’s the dif­fer­ence in the match right there.”

The Blue Streaks fell in the sea­son opener against former Sub­ur­ban Coun­cil South Divi­sion pow­er­house Columbia be­fore cap­tur­ing the Mohonasen Tour­na­ment over the week­end.

“It’s a tough start, Columbia and Ballston Spa, two of the top schools, but we’ve got some of the tough teams out of the way early on,” West said. “We just have to get our younger guys more de­vel­oped; they have to start pick­ing up some points for us in these dual meets if we’re go­ing to have a solid year.

BALLSTON SPA 41, SARATOGA 28

106: Nick Palso (BSSH) over An­to­nio En­car­na­cion (SSSH) (MD 21-8) 113: Grif­fin Bi­viano (SSSH) over Owen Walsh (BSSH) (MD 14-6) 120: Zeph Watkins (SSSH) over Evan Rurycz (BSSH) (Fall 3:15) 126: Gen­naro DeRober­tis (BSSH) over Syd­ney Jor­gensen (SSSH) (Fall 3:22) 132: Maxim Chuck­row (SSSH) over Chris Grace (BSSH) (Dec 11-4) 138: Eric Griskowitz (SSSH) over Amir Ab­del­latif (BSSH) (Dec 7-2) 145: Ramel Brooks (BSSH) over Pa­trick Spatafora (SSSH) (Dec 9-4) 152: Jovie Aca­cio (BSSH) over Jake DeLuca (SSSH) (Dec 9-2) 160: James Pras­tio (BSSH) over David Wilk (SSSH) (TF 17-2 0:00) 170: Peter Hansen (BSSH) over Spencer Cor­nell (SSSH) (Fall 2:40) 182: Colby Har­blin (BSSH) over Devin Crowe (SSSH) (Dec 3-2) 195: Brant Robin­son (SSSH) over Dar­rien In­sogna (BSSH) (Fall 0:58) 220: Doug Cooper (SSSH) over Eric Bre­nan (BSSH) (Fall 2:15) 285: Ja­cob Stan­gle (BSSH) over Ian Van Dyke (SSSH) (Fall 0:36) 99: Con­nor Gre­gory (BSSH) over Kyle Griskowitz (SSSH) (TF 16-1 0:00)

STAN HUDY

Ballston Spa wrestler Amir Ab­del­latif looks to pre­vent Saratoga Springs’ Eric Friskow­itch from putting his shoul­der on the mat dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s 138-pound bout at Saratoga. Griskow­tiz earned the 7-2 de­ci­sion.

STAN HUDY [email protected]­I­TAL­FIRST­MEDIA.COM @STANHUDY ON TWIT­TER

Ballston Spa’s Chris Grace grap­ples with Saratoga Springs wrestler Maxim Chuck­row (hid­den) at the edge fo the mat at 132-pounds Wed­nes­day night. Chuck­row would win the 11-4 de­ci­sion.

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