Falcons pin down ‘Hounds

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RUMFORD – The Mountain Valley wrestling team made all the right moves and turned in an the aggressive performance Thursday night at Puiia Gymnasium.

A pair of pins by Derek Sicotte (140 pounds) and Matt Duka (145) created some space as the Falcons pulled away for a win 38-32 win against Lisbon in a Mid-State League dual meet.

Mountain Valley (5-0) and Lisbon (5-4) are quite familiar with each other after having competed in the same tournament the past four weekends. The Falcons and Greyhounds won the 2006 Class B and C state championships.

“This week has enabled us to get back to the regular season,” Falcon coach Gary Dolloff said. “We had our best two practices of the season this week and returned to the basics. The results haven’t gone as well as we would have liked, but the busy tournaments made us stronger mentally.”

The win also secured the No. 1 seed for the Kennebunk Duals on Saturday. The Falcons’ unbeaten record and head-to-head triumph over Lisbon sealed the deal. The Greyhounds are also competing in the eight-team event.

Sicotte was ahead 11-1 when he turned Marcus Bubar over in the second period. Sicotte was wearing a face mask to protect an injury. Duka, a freshman, slipped in a grapevine on Josh Ward, and despite losing the leg control, also stuck. The Falcons’ Ben Matthews executed a near fall at the buzzer for a 24-8 technical fall against Cam Bubar at 152.

Lisbon had rallied to trail 21-20 following a pair of major decisions at 130 and 135.

Tyler Clark stayed in control and led 8-3 after two periods, forcing the Falcons’ Ernie Matthews to try taking chances. Clark (20-1) eventually won 14-4. The Greyhound senior and Class C state champion has decisioned Mathews in three tournament finals this season.

“This was good for us,” Lisbon coach Mark Stevens said. “We won six of the (10) matches and had some good things happen like wrestling hard in the third period. We teach them to keep it close and then have an opportunity to win.”

Ryan Giusto also won 14-4 against Mike Gilbert. The Falcon wrestler fought off his back twice. Mike MaManus won by default against Mark Ross at 119.

In a rubber match, the Falcons Tyler Child won a 4-3 decision over Mark Stambach at 215. Child, a Class B state champion, secured a takedown and reversal to take a 4-1 lead. Stambach, a Class C state finalist, had three escapes. Lisbon won the final three matches as Mike Bolduc (160) caught Devin Roberts in a head-and-arm pin. Roberts had exploded with a standing reversal, but Bolduc rolled through it.

“Devin was being aggressive,” Sicotte said. “That’s what we need to do in the third period so I can’t fault the effort. We want to be able to control the third period.”

Kyle Huston secured a reversal that put Cody Grassruck on the mat for a 5-3 decision at 171. In a battle, Art Stambach needed a near fall at the buzzer for a 7-4 decision against Brian Cogley at 189.

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