DERBY–The North Country wrestling team welcomed St. Johnsbury Academy and Champlain Valley Union to IROC for their lone home meet of the year on Tuesday night.
The night got underway with round one of action, pitting CVU against St. Johnsbury in their first matches of the evening, as the the Falcons stood in the wings, watching and waiting for their turn on the mat.
After the two visitors wrapped up, coach Chris Mandigo took to the mic to honor his seniors, Trevor Roberts, Josh Tompkins and Makenzie Steele.
After the ceremony, the Falcon-Redhawk matches got underway.
Mariah Hill was up first for NCU, squaring off against Liam Bowley in the 113 lb. division, losing by pin.
Next up was Lake Region's Makenzie Steele squaring off against Alex Craigg in the 120 lb. division. This match went the entire three rounds, but again the result was the same, as Steele fell by points, 20-4.
The good news for Steel was that there were recruiters at the match from Springfield Technical College in Springfield, MA, scouting her efforts.
Trevor Roberts hit the mat ready to wrestle in the 152 lb. weight class against Conor Gobielle.
Roberts won the first found 6-2, and then finished off his opponent with thirty-five seconds remaining in the second round, earning the pin.
When squaring off, Roberts has a scientific approach he uses when sizing up his opponent in the early going.
"I like to feel out my opponent, see how he is going to shoot, how he is going to run his match,” Trevor said. "I noticed (Gobielle) was very aggressive, and a very good wrestler, but when I got him on the mat, I found out that is was easy to take him down.
"I threw in an arm bar that last time and pinned him."
North Country kept the good times rolling when Colin Brennan pinned Sam Pedon in under one and a half minutes to win the 160 lb. class.
There was no hesitation is Brennan's match, as Colin was all over Pedon from the get-go, and didn't relent until the match was over.
"My style on the mat is that you have to be in a good mental state and you can do a lot of good things and a lot of damage if you are in a good mind set," said Brennan.
"They call me the Bear for a reason, because I go out there very aggressively and work very hard."
Said coach Mandigo on Trevor and Colin's performances, "It was a pretty good match for Trevor, and Colin is just a good solid wrestler and I can't really complain because he is doing well."
Adrian Larose and Grant Blake were the last two up for the Falcons, both falling by way of pin in the first round.
With only two wins, and a several forfeits, CVU was able to defeat the Falcons easily.
Brennan and LaRose each picked up wins via the pin in their second matches against ST. J, but the Hilltoppers would win the meet, defeating both CVU and NCU by a combined score of 104-44.
The Falcons will have to wait until after the holidays for their next match, when they travel down I-91 for a meet in St. Johnsbury on the 8th of January