What became a seesaw match ultimately shifted away from the Immaculate-Joel Barlow High wrestling team when it hosted Bethel.
The latter had the lead on a couple of occasions but lost it. Despite battling back to tie the score near the end victory remained elusive as it dropped a 39-33 decision last Wednesday, Dec. 13, at Immaculate.
The match started on the right foot for the hosts. At 195 pounds, Steve Ghossaini held off Robert Tedesco before getting the pin in five minutes, four seconds.
Bethel responded with wins in the next three matches to take the lead. Jared Willsey shut out Andre Hristu in the 220-pound contest by a 7-0 score and the Wildcats got wins by forfeit at 285 and 106 as Immaculate-Barlow had to available wrestlers.
Immaculate Barlow then got a win this way courtesy of Jay Broderick when Bethel could not produce a wrestler at 113. Both sides forfeited the 120-pound match.
It was a quick match at 126-pounds. In his first high school contest Emmett LiCastri needed only 25 seconds to pin Mike Gargano to take back the lead. Jake Allen got the win this way at 132 when he beat Garrett Whelton-Pane in 1:05.
Andrew Klein countered for the visitors by pinned Aiden Buckley in 1:50 in the 138-pound group but Sam Bartlett got the win at 145 when the Wildcats had no wrestler.
Back-to-back wins by the Wildcats put them in the lead again, including one at 152 pounds when Jonathan Cole pinned Callum Tennant in 55 seconds. Victor Viera got the same result only in 29 seconds against John Stocks at 160 pounds.
The closest match of the night came at 170 pounds. Alex Lagas trailed Brendan MacIntyre in the third period before getting a takedown in the last minute to pull of a 7-6 win to even up the score.
The deciding contest was at 182 pounds. The Wildcats tipped the scales in their favor with Trevor Ochs pinning C.J. Kowalski in 24 seconds.
Immaculate-Barlow resumes its schedule on Dec. 27 when it visits Newtown at 6 p.m.