MASSENA - A strong start wasnt enough to sustain the Massena Central varsity wrestling team against Gouverneur Central in an NAC meet on Wednesday.
A mid-season matchup of unbeatens saw the host Raiders work their way to a 24-12 lead through the first six weights before the Wildcats reeled off seven straight wins en route to gaining a 47-34 decision.
Jeremy Malone opened the meet by drawing a forfeit at 195 pounds for the Raiders. Gouverneur pulled even when Jacob Beckwith pinned Dakota Bernard 36 seconds into the second round of the 220-pound bout after falling behind 7-3 in the first round.
The Raiders then scored wins in three of the next four matchups. Nolan Terrance pinned Mason Wing in 1:45 at 285 pounds and Brian Plourde then drew the lone other Massena forfeit of the night at 99 pounds before Gouverneurs Michael LaBow drew the first of his teams two forfeit at 106 pounds.
Massena went back ahead by 12 points when Nathan Marshall finished off Derick Stowell in 1:08 at 113 pounds. Daniel Mullin started the Gouverneur comeback when he scored a 15-4 decision over Skyler Cameron at 120 pounds. The decisive run ended seven bouts later when Hunter Perrine notched a pin over Marty Countryman midway through the second round at 170 pounds.
Zach Forsythe gained the lone other forfeit for the Wildcats at 138 pounds. Five of their other wins were by decision while Zach Ayen accounted for the lone other pin when he touched Austin Amos shoulders to the mat with just 45 seconds left in the 145-pound bout.
The Raiders return to action next Wednesday at home against Canton starting at 6 p.m.
The other NAC meet held last night saw OFA down Canton 49-19.