Rams fall to Coudersport in wrestling action

JOHNSONBURG – Johnsonburg wrestling lost 38-24 to Coudersport in a dual meet held Tuesday night at Johnsonburg Area High School. The Rams won four of the seven wrestled matches on the night as the Falcons used four forfeits to garner the overall dual win. "As a team, I was pretty pleased with our results," Johnsonburg coach Mike Votano said. "We got four pins again. We won four of the seven matches. Some of our guys looked a little flat, that's partly due to that we just got off of Christmas break. It's a tough time of the season, it's the middle of the season. Partly, that's some of my fault, looking flat. We'll have to readjust our practice schedules, get our guys peaking in the next couple weeks. Overall, it was a nice match."Alex Zimmerman won his match at 132 pounds with a pinfall victory in 1:17 to move to 7-1 on the season. Zimmerman held a 4-2 lead early in the first period before being able to pin his Coudersport opponent. "Alex continued his strong start to the season," Votano said. Cory Schneider then took on Cody Bova of Coudersport in the 138-pound match. Both wrestlers had an even first period as neither competitior gave any ground in a scoreless first two minutes. Bova was in the down position to start the second period. Schneider was able to hold down Bova for a majority of the period but Bova finally broke through with the reversal with 18 seconds left in the second period to take a 2-0 lead. In the third period, Bova scored four points late in the bout to score the decision for the Falcons. "It was a close matchup until the last few seconds," Votano said. "Bova's one of their tougher guys." Kyle Bova of Coudersport won the Falcons' second match in a row with a 20-4 technical fall over Caleb Garvey in a time of 2:38 in the 145-pound bout. "Kyle Bova is also one of their better guys, he's very physical, very aggressive," Votano said. "Caleb's just going to have to rebound, work hard and start again when we go back up to Coudersport this Saturday. Hopefully, he can get some redemption against him." Beginning at the 160-pound bout, Johnsonburg rattled off three straight pinfall victories. Michael Kennedy (4-4) earned a first-period pin in a time of 1:43 against Clayton Wilson. Kennedy was dominant during the match and held a 5-0 lead with 48 seconds left in the first period as he had a takedown and then hit a move for three back points. "Kennedy's been coming in every day working hard," Votano said. "That's what happens when you work hard, your results start to improve and that's what happening right now with Michael Kennedy." Mitchell Schloder earned his second win of the season with a pin over Zach Elenchin at 170 pounds in a time of 1:34 for the Rams. "Mitchell looked very aggressive, hit move after move and came away with a pinfall in the first period," Votano said. Maison Walters also was victorious for the second time this season at 182 pounds as he pinned Jeremy Sedorchuk of Coudersport in 2:44 as the lead was cut to 32-24. "Maison's been coming in every day and it's nice to see him getting some wins because of all the hard work he puts in," Votano said. Forest Tuttle pinned Dylan DeLong of Johnsonburg in 1:54 in the 195-pound bout. "Dylan had a tough match, Dylan's still in his first year and I believe he will start to progress as the season gets deeper into January," Votano said. Coudersport had four forfeit wins which included Jesse Lincoln at 285, Jacob Swede at 106, Cory Snook at 120 and Nick Ayers at 152. Johnsonburg will wrestle next at the Coudersport Duals on Saturday.