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Ludlowe loses close one to Ridgefield 37-42

Varsity - 2010 Season
Posted Tuesday, December 21, 2010 by Nicholas Garoffolo

Fairfield Ludlowe lost a close one to Ridgefield 37-42. Ridgefield and Ludlowe battled hard and each one 7 matches but Ridgefield had 7 pins to Ludlowes 6 so Ridgefield came out on top. Last Saturday Ridgefield won the Ludlowe Invitational and Ludlowe took 3rd. So this dual meet saw several rematches from the tournament. Ludlowe did extremely well in the light weights and in the middle but Ridgefield dominated the upper weights. The match started at 112. Erick Kirchgasser jumped out to an early 5 point lead with a takedown to a nearfall in the first period. He was very close to pin, but Matt Philbein would not give in. Philbin later rallied to make the score 8 -5 at the end of the second period. Both wrestlers were exhausted with seconds left in the match. Philbin scored an escape a takedown with a whip over to pin Kichgasser with 1 second left in the match. No one could know then but this is what made the difference in the match. A near pin for Ludlowe turned into a pin for Ridgefield. At 119 Kyle Decrucicio revenged a pin by Jack Boscia in the Finals of the Ludlowe Tournament to pin Boscia in 3:32. At 125 there was another rematch. This time Wales could not pin Voves but won by a major 12-0. Voves saved Ridgefield 2 point doing this, which also helped to secure the win for Ridgefield. At 130 Nick Catlin pinned Dunke in 1:51 with a tight half nelson and wrist combo. This made the score 16-6 Ludlowe. At 135 John Pavain pinned Pete Clark in 1:03. The next two matches were a big surprise for Ridgefield because Ludlowes Drue Hallee who missed the Ludlowe Invitational due to injury pinned the Ludlowe Tournament Champion in the first period. Hallee jumped out quick lead with a double leg takedown then scored a tight headlock as Sesto tried to get away for the pin. Hallee could have really helped Ludlowe in the tournament. A first place for Hallee would have put them in second place as a team. At 145 Will Matson also won by pin against Nick Russo who placed 4th in the Invitational. Matson did not place because he did not make 145 an was at 152 in the tournament. Next Mauricio Xocoy got a forfeit to make the score 34-12. At this point Ludlowe seemed in control of the match, a few more wins or a pin would all but clinch the match. However Ridgefield won the next 4 weights by pin and one by FFT to clinch the win. The experience of the Ridgefield upper weights was just too much for the inexperience of the Ludlowe upper weights. The last match was a good win Batulanaon of Ludlowe repeated his decision over Savaca but this time the score was a close 6-3. Coach Garoffolo of Ludlowe was very pleased how his team wrestled, “We wrestled much better then we did in the Tournament and gave Ridgefield all they could handle”.


112 Matt Philbin (R) pinned Erick Kirchgasser (L) 5:59

119 Kyle DeCruccio (L) pinned Jack Boscia(R) 3:32

125 Henry Wales (L) won 12-0 Joe Voves

130 Nic Catlin (L) pinned John Dumke 1:51

135 John Pavain (R) pinned Pete Clark  (L) 1:03

140 Drue Hallee (L) pinned Matt Sesto (R) 0:39

145 Will Matson (L) pinned Nick Russo 3:00

152 Mauricio Xocoy (L) won by FFT

160 Victor Fenandez (R) pinned Ben Brzoski (L) 0:56

171 Travis Tiger (R) pinned Stuart DeVotie (L) 1:25

189 Duncan Couzins (R) pinned Clint Kaczegowicz (L) 0:45

215 Nathan Marsilli (R) pinned Tim Moran (L) 0:41

285 Joshua Sarath (R) FFT

103 Ben Batulananon (L) won 6-3 Chris Sovaca (R)

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