JOHNSTOWN — For the last year, Darren Hankins has had a set of numbers floating around in his head.
After Wednesday night, the second-year Roosevelt wrestling coach can probably put the numbers, and an unwanted vision that goes with them, in the correct memory bank.
Oh, by the way, they were 49-17.
Wednesday night, the new set of numbers — 48-27 — were significant in regard to his squad’s Class 4A loss to two-time defending state champion Windsor, but they were accompanied with some spark, fight and a little pizazz. Those were elements Hankins didn’t see in last season’s loss to the Wizards, who have become the state’s Class 4A premier program.
“Anytime you’re in a dog fight, you have to battle,” Hankins said. “I saw a great effort tonight.”
Windsor coach Monte Trusty all but shrugged his shoulders after the Wizards added to their dual-match win streak — now at 38 straight — but eventually opened up about how the Rough Riders came after his squad with a passion.
“For sure, we told the kids they were going to be tough,” Trusty said. “Roosevelt is always tough.”
Not quite tough enough in a match that featured several wrestlers changing weight classifications, a high level of intensity and even frustration with the scoring table.
It wasn’t until Windsor 160-pounder Vinny Gonzales piled up Roosevelt senior Tanner Bonds with a cradle (49 seconds) that the Wizards clinched the match, which started at 195 pounds.
Gonzales’ quick pin was overshadowed by a pin in 3 minutes, 27 seconds by Cosme Martinez, who wrestled up a weight and overcame a 10-2 deficit in the second period against Roosevelt’s Josh Semmler.
“I knew I was behind, but I just kept wrestling because I don’t like to stop,” said Martinez, who scored a reversal before turning Semmler to his back.
“That guy was a horse,” Trusty said of Semmler. “Cosme hung in there and did a great job.”
Roosevelt came out quick, utilizing some hand fighting and quickness to win two of the first three matches, including a pin in just 51 seconds by sophomore 285-pounder Nathon Putallaz.
Windsor freshman 106-pounder Morgan Fogg quieted the crowd when he dominated Jake Howell before pinning him in 1:28 and Seth Villa followed suit at 113 by pinning Roosevelt freshman Zach Latham in 3:02.
“After watching a few matches, I knew they were fired up,” said the compact Fogg, who is 9-2 on the season. “I think I got better as the match went on.”
Fogg’s victory was the first of four straight victories by the Wizards, including a pin from sophomore 126-pounder Jon Lewis, wrestling his first match of the season (knee injury) after placing second in the state last season at 106 pounds.
“I feel pretty good, but I plan to go down to 120,” Lewis said. “I still have to have an MRI on my knee, so I’ll have to wait and see how that turns out.”
195 pounds — Tyler Hayden, RHS, dec. Brandon Brauser 11-7. 220 — Jacob Winter, WHS, pinned Wyatt Allerheiligen 1:24. 285 — Nathon Putallaz, RHS, pinned Zak Kaderka :51. 106 pounds — Morgan Fogg, WHS, pinned Jake Howell 1:28. 113 — Seth Villa, WHS, pinned Zach Latham 3:02. 120 — Joel Salomon, WHS, won by forfeit. 126 — Jon Lewis, WHS, pinned Dustin Hayden 4:59. 132 — Harley Bending, RHS, dec. Conor Lococo 5-1. 138 — Hunter Broeder, WHS, pinned Keagan Davis 2:59. 145 — Randy Molinar, RHS, won by forfeit. 152 — Jace Lopez, RHS, dec. Kennen Lanteri 7-5. 160 — Vinny Gonzales, WHS, pinned Tanner Bonds :49. 170 — Spencer Urban, RHS, pinned Joe Keller 5:07. 182 — Cosme Martinez, WHS, pinned Josh Semmler 3:27.