WINDSOR — Through the first two weeks of the season, the young Skyline Falcons had tasted success — going 4-1 in duals and placing fourth at Fairview's Mike Stanley Memorial Invitational.
They had yet to face a team like Windsor.
On Wednesday night, the Falcons got their chance at the No. 3-ranked Wizards and their lineup full of ranked studs and state champs.
It was a learning experience to say the least.
The Falcons got wins from freshman Drew Sandoval at 113 pounds and sixth-ranked Angel Perez at 182s, but it wasn't enough to slow the Wizards. Windsor won the dual 58-19.
"That is what I expected of them, to come out and wrestle hard," Falcons coach Mike Silva said. "We wrestled pretty well to hang with them.
"The biggest match of the night was probably Angel at 182 and he got it done."
In a back-and-forth first period against No. 7 Tyler Grasmick that was 4-4 after 1 minute, 55 seconds of wrestling, Perez took the lead for good with a buzzer-beating takedown that helped him seize momentum for the rest of the match.
It would stay 6-4 to the third period, when Perez — who started down — would get a two-point reversal and them two more near fall point to extend his lead and eventually win 10-5.
"I feel like we got better for having wrestled them," Silva said. "And that's all we can ask for."
It was a quality win for Sandoval against Windsor's Jake Trusty at 113 pounds and not the Wizards' Will Vombaur — who finished third at state last year and is currently ranked No. 2 by Tim Yount's On the Mat.
Sandoval would score the first points of the match in the second period, getting the takedown early and the adding to it with three back points. He would eventually score an 8-0 major decision.
"I'm not going to be too hard on myself if things don't go the way I want," said Sandoval of his season aspirations. "I expect myself to do better than the normal freshman would do; and I put in the work over the summer to do that.
"By the end of the year, I want to make it to state and maybe even place."
Said Silva, whose freshman won the title at the Mike Stanley: "Drew kept the pace and got after him and really kind of took the breath out of him."
WINDSOR 58, SKYLINE 19
106 — Brady Parker, Windsor pinned Liam Laughery, 1:47; 113 — Drew Sandoval, Skyline major dec. Jake Trusty, 8-0; 120 — Vincent Fortin-Munoz, Windsor pinned Aiden Sabo, 1:22; 126 — Dominick Serrano, Windsor pinned Grayden Bridwell, 1:28; 132 — Ronny Minjarez, Windsor major dec. Jose Perez, 15-5; 138 — Dylan Wood, Windsor won by forfeit; 145 — Grant Crownhart, Windsor, pinned Shawn Lindbloom, 1:50; 152 — Creighton Trembly, Skyline won by forfeit; 160 — Josh Willis, Windsor won by forfeit; 170 — Isaiah Salazar, Windsor pinned Caden Silva, 3:04; 182 — Angel Perez, Skyline, dec. Tyler Grasmick, 10-5; 195 — Josh Grasmick, Windsor pinned Christian Torres, 3:30; 220 — Alex Ortiz, Skyline won by forfeit; 285 — Victor Bravo, Windsor pinned Ricky Childers, 1:33.