Winning for the second time in two days, the Wilton High wrestling team may have turned a corner in what has been a challenging season. The Warriors defeated Westhill 43-33 at home on Thursday, which followed a 48-36 win over Staples the day before. That raised the team\u2019s record to 5-7, with only next Tuesday\u2019s season finale at home against New Canaan before the FCIAC championships later next week. \u201cWe\u2019re wrestling the best we\u2019ve wrestled all season, and this is the time to do that. So we\u2019re peaking at the right time,\u201d said head coach John Foldeak, whose team is filling more weight classes now and giving away fewer forfeits. \u201cEarly in the season we were forfeiting four, five, six weight classes at times. Now that we\u2019re consistently (forfeiting) two, three, we\u2019re doing better. That absolutely helps.\u201d It was forfeits (six) that led to Wilton\u2019s first-ever loss to Harding last month, a defeat that could keep the Warriors from finishing above .500. On Thursday, however, the Warriors only gave away two weight classes. They came out aggressively and won by pin in the first four matches, courtesy of Will McArdle (140 pounds), Harry Winrow (147), Zach Zeyher (154) and Matt Beck (162). Pins by Jared Gladstein (184) and Stefan Nobles (222) pushed the lead to 36-12. A major decision by Nick Rende at 108 pounds and 6-5 decision by Quinn Reedy at 128 sealed the win. \u201cThe kids did what we set out to do. We were aggressive, going for the first takedown and first points. We worked for pins and that made a difference tonight,\u201d said coach Foldeak. \u201cWe only forfeited two weights. We had to be a little creative and bump up kids. We had a 195 wrestle 220, and a 220 wrestle heavyweight.\u201d For an inexperienced, young team that has been plagued by injuries all season, the recent wins have the Warriors moving in the right direction. \u201cOur two biggest classes are freshmen and sophomores,\u201d Foldeak said. \u201cWe\u2019ve had several injuries. We only have 19 kids on the roster. Of those, five or six have had pretty significant injures \u2013 torn shoulder, fractured sternum, another blown-out shoulder. There\u2019s some fairly significant stuff. We haven\u2019t been able to really replace those kids. It\u2019s difficult.\u201d But going into the regular season\u2019s final week, the Warriors are more experienced and healthier than any time of the season. \u201cWe're going in on a little bit of a roll. Hopefully, that carries us through to the FCIACs,\u201d he said. \u201cI feel confident going into New Canaan that we have a shot to win that (match).\u201d Foldeak said the Warriors could also surpass expectations at FCIACs. \u201cSome of the kids, their records are not where we want them to be. But if they wrestle tough they can wrestle through their seed. Hopefully, we can wrestle above our seed and do a little better than might be expected,\u201d he said. \u201cWe have kids like (freshman) Zach Zeyher, who was out most of the season with an injury, so his record isn\u2019t great. He\u2019s better than his record.\u201d Another freshman, Rende, leads the team in wins (26) and has quickly established himself in the FCIAC and state. \u201cNick Rende has had a tremendous freshman season," he said. \u00a0\u201cWe\u2019re expecting him to do well and place at FCIACs and do well and hopefully place at Ls.\u201d Results for Thursday\u2019s match: Wilton 43, Westhill 33 140 - Will McArdle (Wil) pinned John Edwards, 3:20; 147 - Harry Winrow (Wil) pinned Dylan Martin, 1:22; 154 \u2013 Zach Zeyher (Wil) pinned Derek Adams, 3:28; 162 \u2013 Matt Beck (Wil) pinned Gabriel Fitzgerald, 3:15; 172 \u2013 Jordan Goins (West) won by forfeit; 184 \u2013 Jared Gladstein (Wil) pinned Tanner Gibbs, 1:03; 197 \u2013 Davonte Jeffers (West) pinned Marty Zoruba, 3:12; 222 \u2013 Stefan Nobles (Wil) pinned Adrian Fabes, 3:31; 287 \u2013 Dillon Gonzalez (West) dec. Riley Kennedy, 6-2; 108 \u2013 Nick Rende (Wil) maj. dec. Evan Torres, 10-2; 115 \u2013 Josh Appel (West) pinned Finn McGovern, 3:22; 122 \u2013 Matt Conte (West) won by forfeit; 128 \u2013 Quinn Reedy (Wil) dec. Andrew Blum, 6-5; 134 \u2013 Brandon Chejin (West) pinned Greyson Kennedy, 3:43.