Nailbiting Mat Victory for OHS Bucs

<p>Shane Batrum with a pin</p>
Shane Batrum with a pin

Oswego varsity wrestlers rolled up a quick 21-0 lead and held on for an apparent 36-36 tie. However, due to criteria of winning more matches the Bucs scored a 37-36 victory over Auburn.

Coach Kurt D’Angelo was proud of his team as they wrestled tough and jayvees who were forced to move up contributed to the victory.

D’Angelo said, “The athletes wrestled tough from whistle to whistle and never gave up.”

The Bucs got off to a quick start as 160 pounder Zach Thompson shut out Kenny Currier 5-0. Mike Ruggio, at 171, then pinned Matt Tehan in 3:12 while 189 pounder Shane Bartrum (photo) pinned Dominic Colella in 1:52.

Frosh heavyweight Trevor Martin stepped up and pinned Matt Mattes of Auburn in 3:26 for a 21-0 advantage.

The teams swapped forfeits at 103 and 112 with Dustin Swan of Auburn winning and then Matt DiFabio picked up six points.

At 119 Lucas Netti of Auburn pinned Brian Pulver in 1:36 and Auburn picked up a forfeit at 125. At 130, Joe Glacona pinned Oswego’s Austin Gilbert in 1:26.

Oswego’s Kyle Rossi then pinned Nick Campagnola in 38 seconds and the pressure was on Josh Nearbin, at 140. Auburn was going to get forfeit wins at 145 and 152 for Neil Halpin and Kyle Proulx respectively so the balance of the match was in Josh Nearbin’s hands.

A decision would mean a Buc tie and eventual victory due to criteria and a loss would give Auburn the outright win.

Nearbin dominated Brandon Fromel and despite many close points he gained a 6-0 decision which earned the crucial three points for the Bucs.