Phoenixville was looking to get off to a fast start and finish strong in its Pioneer Athletic Conference opener with visiting St. Pius X.
It's what transpired in between Wednesday night's first and last matches that proved the Phantoms' downfall.
Sandwiched between pins by 160-pound freshman Joe Mandrusiak and 152-pound senior Rob Fitzpatrick were four Phoenixville forfeits, two Pius forfeits and a pair of double forfeits, which led to the Phantoms suffering a 44-24 defeat in their first league matchup.
One of those forfeited weight classes actually featured a bout, but Winged Lions 171-pound J.T. Yesesky was awared victory after Phoenixville's Josh Overdorf exceeded his allotment of injury time.
That match preceded a string of five more forfeited weight classes, including double forfeits at 103 and 112 pounds, before Pius' Bobby Burns won by first-round pinfall over Steve Lord, knotting the meet at 18-18.
After two more Phoenixville forfeits, Phoenixville's Billy Wimble fell by technical fall to Jared Stercula in 5:41.
Pius' Enzo Carannante beat Andrew Licwinko by an 11-4 decision and Pius' Sean Regan pinned Josh Houck in 2:41 before Fitzpatrick stopped the Phoenixville bleeding with a quick final-bout pin over John Pumo in :57.
Mandrusiak opened the scoring with a fall in 2:34 over Pius' Grant Sturgeon.
In middle school action, Pottsgrove knocked off Phoenixville, 60-42, Wednesday night.
"It was a lot closer than the score indicates," Phantoms middle school coach Hank Coyne said.
Derek Ryan, Ken Cenci and Lucas Wagner all collected pins for Phoenixville (0-1). Phantoms who won by forfeit include Zac Hirsh, Derek Wright, Matt Cohen and Kevin Tomko.
Patriots stop Cougars
Great Valley dropped just two bouts in rolling past Springfield (Delco), 43-11, in non-league wrestling Wednesday night in Frazer.
The Patriots got major decisions from Kyle Liberato (103), Matt Magill (145), Jay Hahn (160) and Lou Alleva (189).
Liberato beat Dan Dortone, 8-0; Magill stopped Jake Cutrufello, 11-0; Hahn whipped Pat Leahan, 16-4; and Alleva outscored Lee Petroski, 14-2.
Radnor drops Patriots
Great Valley placed three players in double figures but still fell to host Radnor, 64-52, in non-league action.
Chris O'Malley led the Patriots with 15 points while Doug Palmer had 14 and Mike Donatoni 11 with one 3-point field goal. Zach Eckley tallied eight markers with two treys.
Phantoms beat East
Phoenixville opened its season with a 33-27 victory over host Boyertown East Tuesday afternoon.
Matt Fagan paced the scoring with 14 points, followed by Greg Peters (eight), Anthony Alexander (seven) and Yusef Brown (four).