Wrestlers face a number of obstacles in the course of a season. Opponents can put them in positions that are difficult to counter. Shelton High coach Bill Maloney is in such a situation. \u201cWe lost two wrestlers in the upper weights who had come out for the team, another didn\u2019t come back out, and one of our guys is sick,\u201d Maloney said before his Gaels\u2019 SCC match with defending Class M champion Foran High in Milford on Wednesday. The Lions scored a 57-21 victory. Turning out athletes for wrestling can change from year to year, but Maloney has done a good job keeping Shelton competitive. \u201cWe are having a tough time filling weight classes,\u201d he said. \u201cBut we have a good freshmen class and we will plow through. Today, we won 4-of-8 of the matches wrestled.\u201d Foran took a 24-0 lead after being awarded forfeits in weight classes 160, 171, 182 and 195. Shelton\u2019s Ray Weiner took a 4-1 lead over the Lions\u2019 Barry Held at 220 pounds, before winning by fall with 39 seconds remaining in the two-minute first period. In a marque match, Gael freshman Matt Weiner met Foran High heavyweight Phillip Boyles. This was a match where position, and what you did with it, meant everything. Weiner got the takedown, and Boyles was reluctant to give Weiner any space to maneuver in what was a frustrating first period for Weiner. After a warning for stalling early in the second period, Boyles looked to post an arm to escape. His worst fears were realized when Weiner got an arm in to get a cradle hold and two back points. Weiner had a one-point escape to take his lead to 5-1 in the third. Then the match got interesting. Boyles scored a two-point takedown, then liking his chances better from the neutral position, let Weiner up. Weiner won the takedown for an 8-3 victory. Foran went up 30-9 with a forfeit at 106 (Shelton\u2019s Graham Ziperstein is injured). Action returned to the mat at 113 pounds, where Shelton\u2019s Garrett Ziperstein won by 3:42 fall over Tanish Joshi. Ziperstein used a headlock and got three back points to break a 2-all tie. Leading 5-3 off a restart in the second period, the Gael junior stacked Joshi up to get the pin call. A forfeit at 120 pounds took the Foran advantage to 36-15. The Lions\u2019 Jordan Lang, a fifth-place finisher in Class M, scored a first-period fall over Ayyan Mumtaz at 126 pounds. Sean Rago earned the Gaels six points with a pin in 3:12 over Mike Melillo.\u00a0The first period was scoreless. Rago got a reversal 30 seconds into the second period, took his time to get hand control, and turned Melillo. The large crowd on hand got a match it loved when Shelton\u2019s 138-pounder Christopher Cavagnuolo and the Lions\u2019 Raul Valle went at it. Down 9-1 in the second period, Cavagnuolo ramped up the oohs and aahs from the bleachers when he rallied within 10-7. Back on top 14-7, Valle won a pair of throws to increase his advantage and then got the pin call at the 5:06 mark. In a more traditional match, Foran\u2019s Ethan Edmondson defeated Colin Mengold 9-3 in the 145-pound weight class. Shelton\u2019s Mike Monaco met Foran co-captain Mike Giordano at 152. The Lion proved to better on his feet and led 6-2 and 10-4 at the breaks before scoring a pin. In jayvee action, Logan Re, a 138-pound wrestler from Shelton wrestling as a team of one for O\u2019Brien Tech, was tied with Foran\u2019s Conner Shallis 4-4 after one. It was 6-6 when the Lion won by fall. Shelton freshman Mason Stutheit met Foran\u2019s Aidan Clarke in a 132-bout bout with the Lion earning a pin. The Gaels' Christian Olavarria lost by fall to Foran\u2019s Melillo in another 132-pound bout.