Assuming full control of a friendly neighborhood gathering, the Canastota wrestling team made the short trek down Route 5 to Chittenango last Thursday night -- and got nearly everything it wanted.
Leading from the start in this non-league meet, the Raiders suffered just two blemishes on its way to a 43-9 victory over the Bears.
A majority of matches went the full six minutes, meaning Canastota had to work hard for every single point.
Nate Hopkins, in the opening match at 140 pounds, blanked Kyle McGee 5-0, setting the winning Raider tone. Sean Wilkinson (145 pounds) followed with a pin of Anthony Galli in 3:50.
Remarkably, each of the next five matches ended up one-point decisions.
Brian Brodfuehrer, at 152 pounds, required a single escape to edge past Zach Hamelinck 1-0, as Jake LaBarre (160 pounds) beat Karl Chappell 3-2.
Ryan Schiedo got Chittenango on the board at 171 pounds with a 4-3 win over John Carver, but James Coonrod (189 pounds) edged Kyle Schiedo by that exact same score and Sam Stagnitti (215 pounds) won a 10-9 thriller over Josh Wright.
After all these tense battles, Brandon Durfee gained a bit more room at 103 pounds when he beat Gunnar Brooks 4-2, and Tyler Sirota (112 pounds) achieved just the second pin of the night when he finished off Rudy Farsaci in 1:45.
More Raider fun followed at 119 pounds, where Brett Durfee scored an impressive 14-6 win over Cole Farsaci before Jake Popple's last-second pin of Wes Blanding at 125 pounds and Schuyler Jayson (130 pounds) beating Matt Flaherty 12-5.
Chittenango did get one bit of good news at the end of the meet, as Dennis Marcely (135 pounds) needed just 1:10 to pin John Duwel.
Prior to their meeting, both teams had competed in events during the holiday break -- Canastota at the large Oswego Holiday Tournament on Dec. 28, Chittenango at the Camden Dual Meet held on Dec. 29.