WINSTED >> Forfeits at The Gilbert School swung a 42-33 Terryville wrestling win more than the wrestlers did Wednesday evening.
The two-time Berkshire-Valley defending champion Kangaroos built a 27-6 lead through the first six matches starting at 106 pounds, including one Yellowjacket forfeit.
A decision by Terryville’s Cayleb Leclerc and pins by Josh Anderson, Jake Borda and Jarrod Ashe seemed to clear the way for a match interrupted only by a
Gilbert pin by Devin Matthews at 113 in the early going.
But a Gilbert decision by 145-pound Ben Mow in a match stopped often for blood time and a first-period pin by Connor Blay at 152 narrowed the lead to 27-15.
Then three straight Terryville forfeits put the Yellowjackets on top, 33-27, after the 182 weight class was in the books.
With just three weight classes left, could the turnaround upset go to the Yellowjackets?
Terryville’s Josh Wright and Gilbert’s Alex Smith battled through three periods for a decision by Wright, 33-30.
Then the drama hit the floor with a thud when two straight Terryville wrestlers came out unopposed at 220 and 285 for the final Kangaroo win.
With some 18 wrestlers apiece, both schools are used to the shadow of forfeits on their small-school dual match schedule, though a part of Terryville Coach Peter Veleas’s success comes from the effects of his typically bigger squad.
“We’re used to only one forfeit,” he. “Our best teams had 35 wrestlers competing for a spot.”
Veleas and Gilbert Coach Darek Schibi both thought they had four or five more wrestlers who could fill their weight slots, then dropped out.
Nevertheless, both are happy with what they have, particularly in Schibi’s view of the future.
“I had freshmen at 106, 113, 120, 152 and 170 tonight,” he grinned. “Then I had two sophomores and two juniors.”
Forfeits will happen. Coaches are concerned with developing the kids who fight.
Terryville 42, Gilbert 33
At The Gilbert School
106: Cayleb Leclerc (T) dec. Dan Mow (G), 2-0. 113: Devin Matthews (G) pinned Tim Armstrong (T), :35. 120: Josh Anderson (T) pinned Jim Covill (G), 2:35. 126: Jake Borda (T) pinned Riley Arthur (G), 1:00. 132: Travis Bellemare (T) by forfeit. 138: Jarrod Ashe (T) pinned Nick Barber (G), 2:34. 145: Ben Mow (G) dec. Jake Cotton (T), 5-2. 152: Connor Blay (G) pinned Canaan Cossu-Fredericks (T), 1:28. 160: Jurson Borja (G) by forfeit. 170: Kyle Matthews (G) by forfeit. 182: Kevin Sullivan (G) by forfeit. 190: Josh Wright (T) dec. Alex Smith (G), 9-3. 220: Bailey McCann (T) by forfeit. 285: Jason Hume (T) by forfeit.
Records: Terryville 2-0; Gilbert 1-1.