It took the final match of a thrilling meet but the Foxboro High School wrestling team found themselves with their 19th win of the season Monday night, beating Stoughton 36-31.
“We knew it was going to be close but we needed guy to close matches. We’ll get there and we’ll keep pushing hard,” Foxboro head coach Billy Ivatts said
Senior captain Brendan Duffy (170) proved to be the hero of the day, picking up a pin in the final match against Rob Mone to clinch the win for the Warriors.
"As far as the draw, everything went well and who better than Duff? He's an exciting wrestler and fun to watch," Ivatts said.
Going into the final match down 31-30, a win of any sorts would have meant victory but Duffy’s dominance against Mone appeared to be not a matter of if Duffy would get the pin but when he would earn a win by pin.
“He is a pinning machine. He’s got a nice lift which is awesome,” Ivatts said.
Pins by Sam Hadley (heavyweight), Matt Lovely (182), and Jack Schoener (195) gave the Warriors a quick 18-0 lead to start the meet but a forfeit at 220 and 106 pounds meant a a six-point game after five weight classes.
Matt Kelly’s (113) pin in the first period along with a win on points by Austin Gutierrez (126) helped give the Warriors a cushion as Stoughton attempted to mount a comeback with wins in the ne four matches.
Stoughton would rally back starting with a pin by Brandon Layton (132) over Jamie Pecoraro on the edge of the mat with two seconds left in the third period.
Matt Medina (138), Thomas Mone (145), and Brandon Cohen (152) all picked up wins on points for the Black Knights to turn the 12-point Stoughton deficit into a slim four-point lead.
Finding themselves down 31-27 with two matches to go, three points from Brandon Ryan (160) set up the team win for Duffy.
The Warriors are off until Jan. 29 when they face Sharon. According to Ivatts, a Foxboro win combined with a Milford defeat would give Foxboro a portion of the Davenport title with Milford.