Canastota: Wrestlers compete at Onondaga

Fighting off colds and inclement weather the boys from Canastota that managed to show up for a wrestling tournament at Onondaga turned in another fine performance. In addition to the regular youth portion of the tournament, was the first opportunity of the year for varsity wrestlers to apply their skills.

Once again Joseph Brown led the charge with a first place finish. This time Brown started out with a 15-2 decision. He followed that up with a pair of pins, a technical fall and finished off his last opponent with his third pin of the day.

John Carver was the only other champion on the day for the club. Carver gave a solid effort in his first three matches, the closest being a 16-5 decision. Things got a little trickier in his fourth match. Leading by a single point late in the match, Carver waited patiently for his onrushing opponent to make a mistake. After repeated efforts Carver's foe finally made that fatal mistake and John promptly put him to his back for the pin. Carver had an easier time in his last match gaining another pin and sealing the deal on his title hopes.

Also in the senior division was Nate Hopkins. Hopkins started out with a pin, won his next two without giving up a point, but fell short in a ride out during overtime in his last bout to finish in second place. Nicholas Rouse looked like a champion while having five matches. Rouse won the first by pin, succumbed in his second effort, but gained momentum subsequently winning by 9-0 and 13-2 scores. Rouse ended his run for a second place trophy with a technical fall.

The nonstop efforts of Hunter Shampine garnered him a second place trophy. Shampine looked every bit the part of the hunter. Wrestling like a demon Shampine won all but one bout by pin.

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