GUILFORD — It came down to a mismatch of sorts — an experienced wrestler against another in his first varsity match.
And Guilford’s C.J Anthony took advantage of it with a pin of Josh Sloat 44 seconds into the second period to give the Indians a 37-31 victory over Amity at the Kenefick Gym Wednesday night.
With the win, Guilford improved to 9-2 while Amity is winless in three starts.
Amity’s Kenny Seaton beat Joe Zilinski, 5-2, at 170 pounds to tie the match at 31-31 going to the 182-pound duel between Anthony and Sloat.
Anthony, who has a 13-2 record, took control of the final individual battle of the night with a quick takedown. He had a chance to pin Sloat at the end of the first period, but Sloat was able to stave off the pin.
“I think by going 150 percent in the first period made him tired,” Anthony said. “At the end of the first period, he seemed pretty winded.”
Sloat, however, was worn down trying to escape the pin and was in trouble almost immediately in the second period before Anthony pinned him to give Guilford the victory.
“I wanted to go out and try my hardest to make sure we got the win,” Anthony said. “I didn’t want to let down there.”
The match was close throughout with the big difference being Amity having to forfeit at the 220-pound weight class. Guilford forfeited at both the 113 and 285-pound weight classes.
“We don’t have a 220-pounder and that was six points both ways,” Amity coach Bruce Marien said.
Guilford grabbed a pin by Colin Rook over Eli Silvert at 126 pounds in just 3:48 to take a 21-18 lead. Amity’s Mike Cala followed with a 16-6 major decision over Juan Rojas at 132 pounds to give Amity its last advantage of the night at 22-21.
Guilford co-captain Brandon Hallaway came up with an 11-0 major victory over Bobby Fischer at 138 pounds as the Indians won three straight matches to take a 31-22 edge.
Then Seaton took the win over Zilinski to set up the final match.
“Kenny came up for us,” Marien said. “He’s learning the ropes on varsity and came through for us today.”
In other matches, Colin Scarfo (Guilford) beat Stevie Della-Gustina, 3-0 at 195 pounds; David Ford (Amity) pinned Steven Napoli in 34 seconds at 106 pounds; Andrew Ignato (Guilford) pinned Jake Cala at 5:46 at 120 pounds; Josh Malamud (Guilford) beat Andrew Esposito, 8-3, at 145 pounds; Jake Lundberg (Guilford) edged Evan Donahue, 8-7, at 152 pounds and Dave Buono (Amity) pinned Drew Tucker in 54 seconds at 160 pounds.
“I was pleased with the way we wrestled,” Guilford coach Craig Vedrani said. “We’re off to a good start, especially with a win tonight in a SCC match.”