When given the opportunity Wednesday, the Staples High wrestling team had a slight edge over Wilton on the mat.
The Wreckers, however, had no fight against another challenger: the injury bug.
Riddled with injuries, Staples was forced to forfeit six matches and fell to Wilton 51-23 at Zeoli Field House.
The Wreckers -- with three wrestlers out with concussions and two others sidelined with collarbone injuries -- did have some success, winning four of the seven matches outside of the forfeits.
"Mathematically we can't win when we forfeit six weight classes," Staples first-year coach David Bernstein said. "But it is nice to see the guys who did compete wrestled really tough."
Wilton's Matt Baxendale opened the match by earning a 4-1 decision over Matt Prior at 120 pounds, but the Wreckers' Jeremy Sherman scored an 18-7 major decision over Estevan Garcia at 126. Sherman improved his record to 27-2 on the season.
"He couldn't pin him, so it was just a takedown clinic," Bernstein said of Sherman. "He kept taking him down, letting him up, taking him down, letting him up."
Trailing just 9-7 after Brown's win, Staples had to forfeit two of its next three matches (145, 160). In between, the Wreckers' Alex Kogstad recorded a 14-1 major decision over Elliot Broach at 152 pounds.
"He was absolutely dominant. ... He was really good on his feet tonight," Bernstein said of Kogstad. "He's looking better every single match. The kid he wrestled was kind of stalling, and Alex did a good job of getting a lot of back points."
Staples also forfeited at 106, 113, 195. Daniel Kogstad earned a forfeit win for the Wreckers in the heavyweight class.
"He was down six points, he was almost down a major decision," Bernstein said. "He pinned the kid, so it was a really big turnaround."
In the 182-pound match, Wilton's Jon Luse pinned Matt Collins in 1:10 to go ahead 27-17.
Staples fell to 4-19 on the season, while Wilton improved to 6-10.
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Wilton 51, Staples 23 (at Wilton): 106 -- Forfeit (W); 113 -- Forfeit (W); 120 -- Matt Baxendale (W) dec. Matt Prior 4-1; 126 -- Jeremy Sherman (S) major dec. Estevan Garcia 18-7; 132 -- Brendan Sweeney (W) pinned Johann Wichmann :23; 138 -- Alex Brown (S) dec. Mac McReynolds 10-7; 145 -- Forfeit (W); 152 -- Alex Kogstad (S) major dec. Elliot Broach 14-1; 160 -- Forfeit (W); 170 -- Ruben Guardado (S) pinned Kenny Pokora 2:52; 182 --Jon Luse (W) pinned Matt Collins 1:10; 195 -- Forfeit (W); 220 -- Forfeit (W); Heavyweight -- Forfeit (S). Records: Staples 4-19; Wilton 6-10.