AVON — It was a night of surges as Amherst and Avon battled for control Thursday in a Southwestern Conference wrestling match.
Avon fell behind early before rallying and getting a chance to steal the dual meet.
But Amherst never faltered and junior Adam Lough pulled out a huge win in the final match to seal the Comets’ 32-27 win.
The Comets improved to 2-0. Avon fell to 1-2.
“I just tried to stay aggressive in my match and do what I could to help my team win,” Lough said. “It feels great to know my coaches and teammates have confidence in me in those situations.”
Lough took on Avon’s Jake Bruscino (126) with the Comets clinging to a 32-29 lead.
The wrestlers put on an exciting show, going toe-to-toe while trying to ensure the win for their respective teams.
Lough opened the match with a takedown and finished it with another takedown late in the final round.
Lough also executed three escapes in the final round to seal a 9-8 win.
“I told him before the match there is no one else I’d rather have in this spot than you,” Amherst coach Brian Cesear said of his standout junior. “He does all the right things, he’s a captain of the team and I had full confidence in him.”
Matt Lee stole the spotlight earlier in the night when he recorded his 100th career pin.
The heavyweight not only earned six points with the pin, but he did it in 37 seconds. He defeated Avon’s Jacob Hammond for his special victory.
“It felt good to get the 100th pin and especially to get those points for my team,” Lee said. “It felt good to know I did my contribution to beat Avon and it feels good.”
Amherst got off to a strong start, racing out to a 14-0 lead.
The Comets swept the first four matches with Matthew Stevens (152) pinning Ryan Mclane in 1:21 to punctuate the big start.
Avon kept chipping away from there and got back into the match.
“We started off strong in most of our matches but we just couldn’t close some of them,” Avon coach Jeremy Johnson said. “We’re young and we’ll learn from this but it definitely stings a little.”
Cael Saxton pinned Amherst’s Joxadiel Padilla in the second period and Jordan Greer pinned Grant Raider in the 195-pound match as Avon made its push.
Amherst always seemed to have a response, however.
Avon’s Brandon Bratovich came up with a huge decision over Zach Renfro to give Amherst a 29-27 lead and set up Lough’s closing win.
“We got off to a great start and that helped getting momentum going,” Cesear said. “We really wrestled pretty solid going into the final matches, so I was pleased.”
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Amherst 32, Avon 27
106 — Cael Saxton (Av) pinned Joxadiel Padilla, 2:19; 113 — Alec Walker (Av) dec. Ayden Rivers, 6-3; 120 — Brandon Bratovich (Am) dec. Zach Renfro, 5-2; 126 — Adam Lough (Am) dec. Jake Bruscino, 9-8; 132 — Noah Mendez (Am) dec. Danny Stringer, 6-5; 138 — Tanner Raupach (Am) dec. Mason Frank, 12-8; 145 — Timothy Carrion (Am) dec. Luke Masisak, 7-6; 152 — Matthew Stevens (Am) pinned Ryan Mclane, 1:21; 160 — Aaron Endrizal (AV) dec. Mack Perdue, 8-5; 170 — Tyler McAreavey (Av) dec. Jonathan West, 11-10; 182 — Clay Carpenter (Am) pinned Tavon Wright, 3:07; 195 — Jordan Greer (Av) pinned Grant Raider, 3:40, 220 — Roesch (Av) wins by forfeit; HVW — Matt Lee (Am) pinned Hammond, :37.