NORWALK -- Not much went wrong for the Fairfield Ludlowe wrestling team on the mat on Wednesday.
The Falcons continued their strong season by winning 11 of 14 individual matches, including eight by pins, to capture a dominating 61-16 victory over FCIAC counterpart Brien McMahon.
Ludlowe's Mo Xocoy pinned Vasilli Nikiforides in one minute and 18 seconds in the 145-pound weight class to open the match and pushed the Falcons through a near clean sweep of the middle and lower weight classes.
"We wrestled aggressively," Ludlowe head coach Nick Garaffolo said. "We stayed in good position. McMahon tries to bear hug, head lock, do some upper body stuff, and we managed to for the most part stay away from that. We wrestled well."
The Falcons' Alex Sullivan followed up the opening match with a win of his own, jostling for position against Jamie Restivo in the 152-pound match, before pinning the McMahon senior in 3:13. That gave the Falcons a 12-0 lead.
"I had a reversal two or three times in the match. I think that gave me that extra boost," said Silverman, a freshman, who improved his personal record to 14-6 on the year. "The guy got out of breath."
"(He) really did a nice job several times of exchanging. That was a big pin to get us going," Garaffolo added.
McMahon lost the first four matches to fall behind 20-0 before Ryan Silverman was credited with a forfeit win in the 182-pound match.
The Senators had a bulk of their success in the upper weight classes, beginning with Andrew Starr's 10-1 win by decision over Matt Garaffolo in the 220-pound class. Starr controlled the upper hand in much of the match and nearly had his opponent pinned, but ultimately was forced to settle for the decision victory, cutting McMahon's deficit to 26-10.
"Right off the whistle, I tried to get him to his back," Starr said.
On the next match, the 285-pound bout, David Jimenez earned McMahon's lone pin on the night, defeating Ludlowe's Mike Pirrie in 1:59. That pushed the Senators to within 10 points, 26-16, but they never got any closer.
"I was just mainly just trying to go in for the bear hug, but when I saw that he was trying to flip me over, he kind of lost his balance," Jimenez said. "I just took the opportunity and flipped him.
Ludlowe, however, did plenty of that in the remaining matches. Ben Batulanon pinned McMahon's Robbie Perschino in just 59 seconds in the next match, the 106-pound class, as the Falcons grabbed victories in the final six individual contests.
"Our lower to middle weights is really, really strong," Nick Garaffolo said. "Almost all our lower to middle weights have placed in tournaments and they're solid wrestlers. We're not as good a dual meet team as some teams because we have some weaker weight classes, but tonight we kind of showed up."
In the 113-pound match, Ludlowe's Eric Kirchgasser earned a 16-1 technical fall over Sawyer Machette to extend the Falcons' lead to 37-16, and Joey Piccalo followed with a pin of McMahon's Truic Thompson in 1:29 in the 120-pound match.
The defeat dropped McMahon to 1-8 on the year and left head coach Joe SantaLucia expecting more from his team, especially when the opportunities present themselves.
"The way that we lost some matches, the opportunities that we had and didn't take advantage of is what I'm most upset about," SantaLucia said. "It happens throughout the year and that's an inexperience thing, but sometimes we have people on their back. And we end up losing the match."
Fairfield Ludlowe 61, Brien McMahon 16 (at McMahon): 106--Ben Batulanon (L) pinned Robbie Perschino :59; 113--Eric Kirchgasser (L) 16-1 technical fall Sawyer Machette; 120--Joey Piccalo (L) pinned Truic Thompson 1:29; 126--Henry Wales (L) pinned Paul Deorio 1:15; 132--Austin Reid (L) pinned Jacob Padro 1:39; 138--Nic Catlin (L) pinned Jimmy Capone 2:53; 145--Mo Xocoy (L) pinned Vasilli Nikiforides 1:18; 152--Alex Sullivan (L) pinned Jamie Restivo 3:13; 160--Joe Sokolski (L) dec. Jose Rodriguez 15-5; 170--Ben Brzoski (L) dec. Daniel Ojeda 21-13; 182--Ryan Silverman (M) forfeit; 195--Tim Moran (L) pinned Luis Gullien 4:30; 220--Andrew Starr (M) dec. Matt Garaffolo 10-1; 285--David Jimenez (M) pinned Mike Pirrie 1:59.
Records: Ludlowe 10-4; McMahon 1-8.