GIRARD - Call it a reversal of fortune for the Poland and Girard wrestling teams.
The Indians seemed to hold on to the lead during some of the early and middle matches, controlling the Poland wrestlers from the top position in the first two-and-a-half periods.
Then, the Bulldogs slipped past the Indians' with a couple of reversals in the overtime session of the 138- and 145-pound matches - both 6-4 victories. Those, along with a 5-3 overtime win at 120, gave Poland a 36-32 win during Wednesday's triangular with Poland, Girard and Jefferson at Girard High School.
"Those overtime matches were the deciding factor of the whole dual itself," Poland coach Tony Stellato said. "You got to feel good coming out ahead in a tight match like that, especially with your conditioning and things like that. That's when you rely on things like that the most."
Girard coach Jim Cardiero said he doesn't know why his wrestlers didn't come through in those overtime matches and the rest of the dual against Poland.
"One of those overtime matches go the other way, we end up winning that dual," he said. "We didn't come out ready to wrestle. I don't know if it was first-match jitters, or I didn't have them prepared or what it was. They got the wins and we didn't. So, they deserve it."
POLAND 36, GIRARD 32
106: Dakota McCloskey (G) win by forfeit
113: Dante Ginnetti (P) pin Will Smith (G), 1:44
120: Darren Goodin (P) dec. Nick Hall (G), 5-3, OT
126: Anthony Morucci (P) pin Dominci Gainey (G), 1:44
132: Zane Chase (G) tech fall Anthony Murcko (P), 19-4
138: Bruno Spottleson (P) dec. Ed Sigurani (G), 6-4, OT
145: David Esarco (P) dec. Bobby Dodson (G), 6-4, OT
152: Matt Deal (G) pin Joel Miller (P), 1:29
160: James Cupan (G) pin Dante Peretti (P), :43
170: Anthony Audi (P) dec. Nick Cardiero (G), 7-4
182: Mike Audi (P) pin John Sorvillo (G), 1:05
195: Moufid Sayej (G) win by forfeit
220: Trey Ellis (P) pin Corey Twyford (G), 1:46
285: Ben Norman (G) dec. Liborio Ricotetilli (P), 9-5
RECORDS: Girard 0-1, Poland 2-1
POLAND 52, JEFFERSON 24
106: Bryce Cox (J) win by forfeit
113: Dante Ginnetti (P) win by forfeit
120: Darren Goodin (P) win by forfeit
126: Anthony Morucci (P) pin Austin Simmons (J), :41
132: Joey Baitt (J) pin Anthony Murcko (P), 1:51
138: Bruno Spotleson (P) maj dec. Logan Platt (J), 8-0
145: David Esarco (P) pin Philip Sarbiewski (J), 4:33
152: Mason Swiney (J) pin Dante Peretti (P), 4:38
160: Zach Collins (J) pin Joel Miller (P), 2:27
170: Anthony Audi (P) pin Christian Saunders (J), :49
182: double forfeit
195: Michael Audi (P) pin Daniel Gillespie (J), :53
220: Trey Ellis (P) pin Austin Norris (J), 1:25
285: Liborio Ricottilli (P) win by forfeit
RECORDS: Poland 3-1
GIRARD 72, JEFFERSON 3
106: Dakota McCloskey (G) dec. Bryce Cox (J), 3-2
113: Will Smith (G) win by forfeit
120: Nick Hall (G) win by forfeit
126: Dominic Gainey (G) dec. Austin Simmons (J), 12-6
132: Joey Baitt (J) def. Zane Chase (G), 2-1
138: Ed Sigurani (G) pin Logan Platt (J), 2:36
145: Bobby Dodson (G) pin Philip Sarbiewski (J), 1:14
152: Matt Deal (G) pin Mason Swiney (J), 1:16
160: James Cupan (G) pin Zach Collins (J) 4:27
170: Nick Cardiero (G) pin Christian Saunders (J), 1:41
182: Ryan Leasure (G) win by forfeit
195: John Sorvillo (G) pin Dan Gillespie (J), 2:32
220: Corey Twyford (G) pin Austin Norris (J), 1:19
285: Ben Norman (G) win by forfeit
RECORDS: Girard 1-1
Girard came through with a couple of pins at 152 and 160 to take a 23-21 lead, but the lead was shortlived as the Bulldogs had a 7-4 decision at 170 and a pin at 182 for a 30-23 advantage.
The Indians (1-1) had a forfeit at 195, pulling them within 30-29, but Poland distanced itself one more time at 215 with a pin for a 36-29 lead - putting the match out of Girard's reach with one matchup remaining and the best the Indians could get was six points off a pin.
"They're a well-coached team," Stellato said. "That match could've went either way. We were working a little bit harder to get the takedowns."
Poland (3-1) won the next dual, 52-24, over Jefferson, but Stellato said his team is far from perfect.
"We got a lot of improvement to do. We made a lot of mistakes out there that need to be corrected to get where we need to be," he said.
Girard definitely got to where it needed to be in nightcap against Jefferson with a 72-3 victory.
The Indians won with seven pins and four forfeits in the dual.
"That's the idea of wrestling. You have to get a guy down on his back and pin him, whether you're winning or losing. The guys did what they had to do to get the pins," Cardiero said. "I have a lot of upperclassmen and they have a lot of young kids. We need to get those pins when we've got an older team."
Cardiero said his team has to perform better to be the Indians team he knows they can become.
"We definitely have to work on our conditioning, which I thought we were where we needed to be," he said. "I don't know if it was nerves or not, but they looked out of shape to me. Guys weren't finishing moves and wrestling afraid. We have to have guys wrestling with confidence."