ERIE -- Over the last decade, whenever the Windsor Wizards wrestlers come to your gym, you want to put on a good show.
On Wednesday night, the Erie Tigers had all the visions of giving the reigning Tri-Valley League champs all they could handle, but it just wasn't in the cards.
"We certainly thought we would do a lot better than that," said Erie coach Steve Gratton after his team's 48-27 dual meet loss. "We have talented guys that can hang with them. But we had some bad breaks and we came off the Christmas break a little rusty."
After a wildly successful December that saw the Tigers show well in both Cheyenne and in Phoenix, optimism was extremely high going in to Wednesday night.
And the night started off well, especially for Adrian Rincon at 126 pounds. The junior worked hard all week to get down to that weight and he is hoping it is where he will stay.
As quickly as he scored a two-point takedown of Joe Hansen, Rincon then found himself down 6-2 after the first period. It only got worse to start the second.
Hansen was up 11-2 after a reversal and three back points and the match had all the makings of technical fall.
But then the light came on for Rincon. "I saw some opening and I just decided to take them," he said. "I wasn't going to give up."
Rincon turned the tables on Hansen and before the Wizards coaching staff could bark out instructions, the referee slapped the mat denoting Rincon's pinfall victory.
"He wrestled really well in Arizona and it really showed tonight," said Gratton, who will take his team to Niwot's Gary Daum Invitational on Saturday. "That just proves that you have to wrestle for six minutes."
Said Rincon: "I've been in a few of those before, but this might have been the hardest one."
The only other non-forfeit victory for Erie came at 113 pounds. Returning state qualifier Adam Evertz admittedly didn't wrestle his best match against Dylan Wood, but still walked away with a 6-0 victory.
"We just have to regroup and wrestle better this weekend," Gratton said. "It's a long season and we've got time."
Some of Erie's ranked wrestlers came put up good fights against their 4A competitiors (Erie is 3A in wrestling) and will certainly build on that in the coming weeks. Notaly Ernie Quintana at 138 pounds, Toby Campbell at 145 and Zachary Roper at 170.
Windsor 48, Erie 27
106 — Will VomBaur, Erie pinned Michael Ferrera, :18; 113 — Adam Evertz, Erie dec. Dylan Wood, 6-0; 120 — Braden Peninger, Windsor pinned Sean-Tyler Currell, 3:40; 126 — Adrian Rincon, Erie pinned Joe Hanson, 3:26; 132 — Christian Vanlandingham, Erie won by forfeit; 138 — Matteo Ambriz, Windsor dec. Ernie Quintana, 5-2; 145 — Gerald Mack, Windsor dec. Toby Campbell, 7-2; 152 — Gage Trusty, Windsor pinned Cooper Bartholomew, 6:00; 160 — Bryce Bloom, Windsor pinned Trevor David, 1:01; 170 — Nathan Bryant, Windsor pinned Zachary Roper, 2:44; 182 — Ruben Portillo, Erie won by forfeit; 195 — Gavin Sackett, Erie, won by forfeit; 220 — Victor Bravo, Windsor won by forfeit; 285 — Victor Bravo, Windsor won by forfeit; 285 -- Tyler Schubert, Windsor, won by forfeit.