By Melanie Lekocevic
Capital Region Independent Media
RAVENA-COEYMANS-SELKIRK — With the end of the regular season in sight, the RCS Indians went up against the Lansingburgh Knights on their home turf Wednesday and took home some big victories.
With much fanfare, at the start of the match the lights in the RCS gym dimmed and the team ran out onto the mat to pounding music for their warm-up as the crowd cheered.
“We are doing good this year,” Coach Dave Skudera said. “We’ve got a young team this year, but all in all, we are doing well.”
The first two RCS wrestlers, eighth-grader Aiden Forster in the 102-pound weight class, and Briana Strock in the 110-pound weight class, were awarded forfeits. Also receiving forfeits were team captain Frank Broadhurst, J.T. Lyle, Erik Chapman and Zander Alaimo.
The first match of the day pitted the Indians’ Austin Sill against Lansingburgh’s Derik Carey in the 118-pound class. Carey won by pin in 54 seconds.
Jaequan Jones took the first RCS victory on the day by pinning Lansingburgh’s Dhaimyon Quinones in a quick 44-second matchup in the 132-pound class.
The Indians’ Kaden Potter followed that up with another RCS win in the 138-pound class by pinning Kylier Ford in 1:16.
Two long matches followed. First, Lansingburgh’s Shawn Pollack pinned RCS’s Aiden Miner in 4:36 in the 145-pound weight class, a hard-fought match that left Miner with a bloody nose. Then, the Indians’ Antonio Piscitelli pinned Colin Harris in 4:25 in the 152-pound weight class.
The Knights went on to win the next two matches when Elijah Fu defeated the Indians’ Ethan Green by a 12-7 decision in the 160-pound weight class, and the Knights’ Jayden Morales pinned RCS’s Jaymie Carkner in 2:16 in the 215-pound weight class.
Wednesday’s matchup against the Knights was the Indians’ last regular season competition at home.
“This is our last in-season match,” Skudera said. “After this we go to the postseason.”
The team is scheduled to compete in Watervliet on Saturday in the Section 2 Class CC Tournament.
“Next weekend is our last tournament as a team,” Skudera said Wednesday. “Next weekend, whoever qualifies goes on to the state qualifier tournament.”