Ridgefield wrestlers take down McMahon, 51-27
Winning six of the last seven weight classes, the Ridgefield High wrestling team defeated Brien McMahon, 51-27, on Wednesday at RHS.
With the win, the Tigers evened their record at 1-1.
To get the victory, Ridgefield needed a comeback: Overcoming an early 12-0 deficit, McMahon won four of the next five matches (two by forfeit) to go ahead, 24-18.
The Tigers' rally began when Lexani Pagan pinned McMahon's Kevin Graham in three minutes to even the score at 24-24.
Ridgefield's Sean Courtney followed with a 7-4 decision over Solomon Wyclif at 113 pounds, and Ben Smart pinned McMahon's Hugo Romero-Paniccia in 2:30 to give the Tigers a 33-24 lead.
Back-to-back pins from Jesse Chelednik (in 1:20) at 126 pounds and Jesse Walker (in 1:44) at 132 pounds extended Ridgefield's advantage to 45-24. Teammate Peter Murray then got a forfeit win at 138 pounds to put the Tigers in front, 51-24.
McMahon won the day's final weight class, as Arthur Cocchia beat Ridgefield freshman Connor Brown, 10-4, at 145 pounds.
The Tigers opened a quick 12-0 lead on pins from Lazar Agoev in 1:11 at 152 pounds and Simon Preston in 1:50 at 160 pounds.
McMahon evened the score on pins from Jonathan Davila (170 pounds) and Nick Marsan (182), but Ridgefield went back ahead, 18-12, on Mike Marrone's pin in 34 seconds at 195 pounds.
McMahon then got forfeit points at 220 and 285 pounds to take a 24-18 lead before the Tigers began their comeback.