FULTON — It all came down to the final match, and Fulton fell just short.
State-ranked teams Fulton and Spencerport were tied at 28-28 heading into the 152-pound weight class, which pit the Red Raiders’ Cuinn Burlingham against fellow state qualifier Mason Wersinger.
Wersinger was able to out-point Burlingham 6-2 in the third period to earn an 8-4 decision. The win earned three team points to lift Spencerport over Fulton 31-28 at a packed Fulton War Memorial Saturday night.
“A couple of the guys fell short from where I was hoping they’d be,” Fulton coach Jeff Waldron said. “You’re not going to win big matches like this if you give up pins. … I knew it was going to be close. We needed some more bonus points and we needed to not give them up.”
The Raiders took seven of the 15 weight classes.
The meet started with Fulton’s Camrin Galvin accepting a forfeit at 160 pounds.
Five more wins came via decision. Ian Bogardus (170) earned a 6-2 victory, Dominick Hofmann (106) won his match 11-6, Andru Walts (120) picked up a 10-6 win, Walter Crofoot (126) blanked his opponent 6-0, and Cole French (132) cruised to a 14-5 victory.
Fulton trailed on the scoreboard most of the meet, but Samuel May provided the Raiders with a spark in the 138-pound match. May was behind 8-2 heading into the third period, but was able to get on top and pin his opponent in 5:00 to put Fulton ahead 28-25 with two weight classes to go.
“I told the kids, regardless of what the score is, you’ve got six minutes. If you get behind, you have to look for a pin,” Waldron said. “May did a good job of that, and he did that at sectionals last year too. … May is a pinner, and that’s good to have in your lineup.”
Fulton’s Noah Horning dropped a 5-3 decision to Jacob Zimmerman in the 145-pound match to even the team score at 28-28.
Burlingham and Wersinger went into the third period tied 2-2. Wersinger went ahead when he escaped off the optional start and then scored a takedown, and after a Burlingham reversal, was able to escape and land another takedown to seal the win.
“We knew that Wersinger-Burlingham match was going to be a nail-biter. We knew it was going to be close,” Waldron said. “If they wrestled 10 times, I think they’d each win it five times. They’re both very talented.”
Fulton was 21-0 coming into the meet and ranked No. 5 in the state by the New York Wrestling News. Spencerport, 10-0, is ranked sixth.
Despite the loss, Waldron said he was pleased to see his team tested.
“Now we know where we are, because this was our first real challenge,” Waldron said. “We haven’t had any close dual meets yet, and I’d rather lose now than when we’re at the New York state duals.”
Spencerport 31, Fulton 28
160 pounds: Camrin Galvin (F) won by forfeit.
170: Ian Bogardus (F) dec. Joe Marcello, 6-2.
182: Jonathan Aina (S) dec. Cameron Lugo, 10-7.
195: Jake Aina (S) pinned Shane Goutermout in 2:38.
220: Silas Egenlauf (S) dec. Matthew Woodworth, 5-2.
285: Michael Nanna (S) pinned Jonathon Bell in 1:41.
99: Cal Russo (S) dec. Frederick Pagan, 3-2.
106: Dominick Hofmann (F) dec. Sean Cullen, 11-6.
113: Seth Russo (S) maj. dec. Dylan Waldron, 21-7.
120: Andru Walts (F) dec. Dominic Vinci, 10-6.
126: Walter Crofoot (F) dec. Alex Burroughs, 6-0.
132: Cole French (F) maj. dec. Aiden Conn, 14-5.
138: Samuel May (F) pinned Gael Sanchez in 5:00.
145: Jacob Zimmerman (S) dec. Noah Horning, 5-3.
152: Mason Wersinger (S) dec. Cuinn Burlingham, 8-4.
Records: Spencerport 10-0; Fulton 21-1.