With just one more win here or there, the Solvay/Westhill wrestling team might have emerged victorious from the West End Duals meet it hosted last Saturday afternoon.
However, West Genesee would have the final say, rallying to beat the Bearcats 34-29 at the close of a meet where these teams would dominate the rest of the field.
To start with, Solvay/Westhill beat Bishop Ludden 52-6, after which it routed Pulaski 59-9. In the third round, the Bearcats handled LaFayette 61-9, and a 42-28 win over Fabius-Pompey set up the final battle with West Genesee.
For its part, the Wildcats had sailed past Fabius-Pompey (53-15), LaFayette (67-4), Bishop Ludden (76-6) and Pulaski (62-9) with just as much ease, meaning that the only drama of the entire day lie in the championship match.
Racing out of the gate, the Bearcats won the first five matches. Zach Anderson, in the 152-pound opener, beat Sean Clary 7-3, before Mike Warne (160 pounds) earned a pin over Jose Cruz 39 seconds into the second period.
Two more pins followed, as Cirro Nicoletti-Watson (171 pounds) took just 52 seconds to finish off Luke Mersfelder and Ryan Van Patten(189 pounds) got his pin over Dillon Goldman in 2:26. Tom Bradley, at 215 pounds, beat Peter Schoeneck 9-2, and Solvay/Westhill had a 24-0 lead.
Now the match turned to WG's strong points, and it would close the gap to 24-21. After Ian Coolican (103 pounds) pinned J.T. Romagnoli in 1:23, the Wildcats got what proved to be three huge points when, in overtime of the 112-pound match, Connor Grome got a takedown to beat Matt Berkery 7-5.
Following forfeits to the Wildcats' Jason Heggelke (119 pounds) and Jason Fitch (125 pounds), the Bearcats would build the margin to 29-21 when Tyler Avery, at 130 pounds, pinned Jon Fetterolf in 1:10.