Lindenhurst wanted to start its dual-meet season strong.
Consider it mission accomplished.
The Bulldogs won five of their first six matches, with two of them coming via pinfall as they held off a surging Syosset team to come away with a 40-32 non-league dual meet victory Thursday afternoon.
After dropping its first match of the meet in the 120-pound division, Lindenhurst rattled off five straight victories in to establish a firm 22-3 lead to start its meet, aided by pinfall victories by Rocky Falsitta (126) and Frank Jilling (132).
Both grapplers found first-period pinfalls within the first two minutes of their contests to give the Bulldogs a clear advantage.
Syosset looked to make a surge late in the meet, spurred by a Dan Choi pinfall victory at 195 pounds, however Mike Coulon's (285) pinfall victory despite being down 6-0 late in teh contest (285) and Anthony Batista's (99) come-from-behind 8-6 overtime decision clinched the victory for the Bulldogs who eventually held on for the 40-32 victory to open up its dual-meet season.