Goffstown, Bedford grapplers go head to head, but Grizzlies win
';Against Goffstown, we weren';t able to put out a full lineup,'; Benincasa said. ';A lot of kids were sick. We were missing four kids from the varsity lineup, so we wound up losing to Goffstown in a divisional matchup.';
The loss brought both teams to 1-1. Bedford won its season opener over Alvirne and Goffstown fell to Merrimack to start its winter season.
';That';s a tough loss that we';re going to have to take, but we';ll just have to rebound from it and keep trying to win against those Division II opponents that we';ll see the rest of the year,'; said Benincasa.
Bedford escaped the sickness bug Saturday, rebounding to finish third at the Bow Holiday Tournament.
';We rebounded well Saturday,'; Benincasa said. ';We got everybody healthy, got our lineup together, got everybody in their right weight class and we rebounded and had a fantastic showing.';
Of the 16 competing schools, the only two teams to beat the Bulldogs were Division I opponents Londonderry, which came in first, and runner-up Manchester Central. Bedford managed two champions at their respective weight classes, and had several runners-up.
Matt Houston was the tournament';s champion at 195 pounds and Robert Lamy won amongst the heavy-weights. Bedford';s runners-up were Colin Perras at 120 pounds, Josh Belz at 132 and Robert Bernard at 182.
Bedford';s next contest is Saturday, Dec. 22 at the Hollis-Brookline Nor'; Easter Invitational Tournament. As in the Bow Holiday Tournament, the Bulldogs will face Division I competition from schools like Bishop Guertin and Pinkerton, and Campbell, which Benincasa said is a strong Division III team. The tournament will also be Bedford';s first look at Hollis-Brookline.
';We';ll get a chance to see them and see how good they are this year coming off their title run from last year,'; said Benincasa.
He said the tournaments Bedford competes in over the course of the season are essential to a successful showing at the state tournament at the end of the season.
';These tournaments that we hit throughout the season are very similar to what goes on at the state tournament,'; Benincasa said. ';If you learn how to wrestle your way through a tough day of three or four matches throughout the season, that';s going to get them ready and prepared for the state tournament at the end of the year.';
Bedford resumes action after winter break on Jan. 3 against Winnacunnet.
Goffstown starts a day earlier, at home against Spaulding.