Geneseo wrestling coach Jon Murray hopes he’s seeing his young wrestlers flourish at the right time.

Geneseo wrestling coach Jon Murray hopes he’s seeing his young wrestlers flourish at the right time.

At the start of the season, the Maple Leafs’ lower and middle weights were just getting their legs under them facing varsity competition for the first time.

“They were scared to death out there,” said Murray of the team’s inexperience. “They are starting to get confident stepping out onto the mat. We know they have something to work with from all the practices this season.”

During Geneseo’s final dual match of the season, the Maple Leafs were carried to a 42-30 victory.

The Maple Leafs won five consecutive matches from weight classes by weight 132-160 to score 18 straight points.

Sophomore Andrew Rizzo helped turn the tide winning his 138-pound match by decision 6-4 to break an 18-all tie on the scoreboard.

Rizzo had a long road back after dealing with a concussion earlier this season and ran into problems as he tried to drop down to the 132-pound weight class.

Making the move to the 138-pound slot, Rizzo thinks staying in the right state of mind made him ready for these pressure-packed moments late in the season.

“It’s the mental side has been the biggest part for me,” Rizzo said. “It’s about conditioning, getting your mind ready to go, watching videos and then going in ready mentally and physically.”

Rizzo had wrestled just two matches going into the NIB 12 Conference tournament but managed a fourth-place finish.

In his first season wrestling varsity, the Leafs’ Logan Weber capped Geneseo’s big run with a pin at 160 pounds in 3:19.

A senior, Weber likes the way Geneseo’s team has taken shape as Geneseo prepares to host regionals on Saturday, Feb. 4.

“I’ve been looking at things like this since I’ve been a little kid,” Weber said. “It’s something special looking back, and I think what we did was special. I’m excited about what we have going into regionals.”

Geneseo’s Benett Egert nailed down a victory by pin at 152 pounds in 3:48, and Josh Decker earned a 6-0 decision at 145 pounds.

The scoring streak was sparked by senior veteran Charlie Schlindwein who tied the match with a pin at 132 pounds in 3:29.

A freshman, Geneseo’s Luke Henkhaus earned a victory by pin at 106 pounds in 1:03.

The Maple Leafs’ Zach Humphrey made quick work of his match winning by pin at 220 pounds in 46 seconds.