Batavia makes quick work of depleted Geneva

By Kevin McGavin
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 12/15/2016 10:16 PM

The Geneva wrestling team had virtually no chance of winning the Upstate Eight Conference River dual meet against Batavia Thursday night.

The Vikings had to forfeit five weight classes to their archrival in Geneva.

"I'm hoping -- I have my fingers crossed -- our team will look much different come regional time," Geneva coach Tom Chernich said after his squad took it on the chin in the form of a 55-10 loss.

The Bulldogs never trailed after Nick Pierce had three of the 10 Batavia near-falls in securing a third-period technical fall to open the match at 106 pounds.

Of the nine contested matches, Batavia (13-3, 4-0) would win two-thirds, many in convincing fashion.

"We fed on the buffer that we had," Batavia coach Scott Bayer said of the 30 points his team scored from Geneva not fielding an athlete at 160, 170, 195, 220 and 285 pounds.

Seth Winkle, coming back from an early season injury, improved to 6-0 on the year as a fourth-year Batavia varsity wrestler.

"We lost to them freshman year, so ever since then I always try to beat Geneva as best as we can," the Batavia 145-pounder said. "It's always fun to go against them."

Winkle had six takedowns during a one-sided 16-5 major-decision in his match for Batavia.

The closest Geneva (4-9, 1-1) would come the entire night was after Honor Nguyen narrowed the Batavia lead to 5-3 after a simple decision at 113 pounds.

But Batavia would capture the next three weight classes between 120 and 132 pounds to take an 18-3 lead.

Angel Cruz had four near-falls in his 13-point win at 126 pounds, followed by a Justin Major pin at 132.

"Keeping my mindset right and putting it on my opponent (was critical)," Cruz said. "We knew they didn't have a lot of guys in the lineup, so we just wanted to take it to them."

Andrew Posledni (120 pounds) and Ethan Towers (182) were the other Batavia winners on the mat.

Joe Posledni, Nick Benson, Tyler Luppino, Jack Darby and D'Andre Meadows were the Bulldog victors via forfeit in the five of the last six weight classes.

"Every dual you want to make sure the guys wrestle the best match," Bayer said. "We had a good showing (in the contested matches). I was proud of our guys tonight."

Joe Posledni (150) and Benson (14-1) are a combined 29-1 for Batavia.

Nguyen (14-2) and Kevin Huck (14-3) are 28-5 for the Vikings.

Huck captured his match up a weight at 152 pounds.

Michael Donatelli had the only bonus point in the third Geneva victory with a major decision at 138.

"We had nine matches and we were trying to wrestle each match as best as we can," Chernich said. "We had three backups in and another kid up a weight."

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