MASSENA - The Massena Central varsity wrestling team continued to show steady improvement in dropping a 45-33 decision to Gouverneur in the lone NAC meet staged on Thursday.
Were coming along, noted coach Scott Perrine after the undefeated Wildcats scored wins in three of the last four weights to come away with the hard-fought win over the Raiders, who slipped to 2-2.
The teams were tied at 27-27 after Massenas Nolan Terrance stepped up to the mat to accept a forfeit at 285 pounds but two straight pins by Derick Stowell in 35 seconds over Brian Plourde at 99 pounds and Joey Bush in 4:31 over Mike Brown at 106 pounds put Gouverneur ahead 39-27.
Skyler Cameron pulled the Raiders back to within six when he was awarded a pin in 1:43 at 113 pounds but Aaron Bush drew a forfeit at 120 to close out the meet and seal the win for the Wildcats.
After falling behind 9-0 early, Massena took the lead with two straight wins as Quinton Coulter got the Raiders on the board by gaining a forfeit at 138 pounds. Isaiah Perry then followed with a pin over Joey Love in 1:23 at 145 pounds.
The next three weights went the distance as Robbie Bell outlasted Dan Elman 2-1 at 152 pounds to tie the meet at 12-12. Hunter Perrine put Massena back on top after rallying late to earn a 7-3 decision over Curtis Fuller at 160 pounds before Gouverneur knotted the meet at 15-15 when Justin Cummings made a first-round takedown hold up for a 2-0 decision over Ethan Marcello at 170 pounds.
The Wildcats went ahead 27-15 after Justin Garrison turned a 6-0 deficit to Joe Ferrera into a third-round pin at 182 pounds and Hunter Ayen drew a forfeit at 195. Jeremy Malone got the Raiders back on track with a pin in 34 seconds over Mike Mandigo at 220 pounds before Terrance even the meet with his forfeit win.
Dillon Stowell got the Wildcats off to a strong start when he pinned Austin Amo in 1:20 at 126 pounds. Zach Ayen followed by claiming an 8-4 decision over Landon Laughlin at 132.
The Raiders are slated to compete at the Peru Invitataional this weekend before returning to their NAC schedule next Wednesday with a rematch on the road against OFA.