Pascack Valley best Pascack Hills on the mat in a rivalry matchup for the second straight year.
PV got off to a slow start, losing three out of its first four matches. Freshman Alex Menendez got the nod to his first varsity match, and he claimed a major decision for Valley to put them up 4-0 early.
The three matches were at the hands of sophomores Ari Quinn, Mitchell Sorretta, and Matt Kalil. All three were pinned, which put PV down 18-4.
But the deficit wouldn't last long. The Indians would go on to get three straight pins from Bradley Zirlin, Jake Averna, and Robbie Natelli in that order. This put them up 22-18 over Hills.
Hills's best known wrestler, Joe Keller, pinned freshman James Allmers, who held his ground until late in the third period, in 5:46 to give Hills an additional six points.
The fact that Allmers couldn't save two points for the team ended up being a meaningless afterthought. All hope that Hills had after Keller's pin was lost. Nolan Shields won a tight match, being able to grab an escape for the only point of his total six minutes on the mat. The point came in the third quarter, and Shields's opponent, Tyler Deppert, didn't have enough time to muster any points to come back. Shields earned the three-point decision giving the Indians' team the lead 25-24.
From there, it was the Pascack Valley show. Matt Beyer pinned and another pin by Stephen Soravilla followed. Jake Prusha claimed his first technical fall of the season, the third technical fall the Indians have had in a team match this season (the first two came from Beyer). Valley closed out the night after a pin by Will Morris and a decision by Jack Tsokanos.
Soravilla and Tsokanos shared some thoughts on the 51-24 win and the meaning of defeating their rival.
"Hills is always an important match. They're our rivals, you know? It's Indians versus Cowboys. It's always a big match, it's very important to us," Soravilla said.
"It's an emotional win. It's a big time win for the team and we're definitely very happy. This is a match that we were hyped up for in advance, so to pick up the win was a big deal," Tsokanos answered.
This also marks the second year in a row that Valley came out victorious over the Cowboys, after the Indians won 33-27 last season.
The Indians' next match comes on January 14th in a four-team match that includes Secaucus, Becton, and Teaneck. The match will take place at Secaucus High School.