Ryan Belz of Bedford, in red, tries to pin John Ferri of Windham. Ferri would hang on to win a 3-0 decision.
Bedford wrestlers win close one, lose close one
Bedford beat Division I Memorial 49-9, then lost to Division I Nashua North 42-30 before topping previously unbeaten Division III Windham 37-33. The Bulldogs are now 8-1.
Windham beat Memorial 47-12. The loss to Bedford makes Windham 3-1 as well. Memorial is 0-4.
Earlier, Windham coach Tom Darrin decided not to battle last season's state champion, Colin Perras, forfeiting the 132-pound match and giving up six points to Bedford.
"Perras is a real tough opponent" said Darrin. "The fighter we would have used at 138 is a new wrestler."
Bedford coach Robert Benincasa said he was surprised by the move. "I wasn't expecting that."
Bedford was missing wrestlers in three weight classes, 113, 170 and 195 pounds, essentially spotting points to their opponent.
Bedford was down 21-0 after four matches, two of which were forfeits. The Bulldogs rallied but fell short. "We lost by the points we gave up," said Benincasa. "That's a tough way to go into a meet. But they are one of the toughest teams in Division I and we didn't quit. We were able to hang with them. It's a confidence booster."