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South Jefferson High hosts Raider wrestlers

The Canastota Youth Wrestling Club had a magnificent day while competing at South Jefferson High School in Adams. Only seven members from the team made the trip and while each had the opportunity for personal glory, a team roster was also submitted to challenge for one of the top three trophies to be given away for a collective effort. The only problem was that those rosters could contain as many as 10 names, which drastically limited Canastota's chances.

Canastota got off to a fast start and didn't let up. By the end of the day the Raiders were able to boast of having five champions and two second place finishes, which as it turned out was good enough to capture second place overall. In doing so, it was the second time this year that the Raiders came home with a team trophy and the first time they were able to do so with less than the ten man limit.

Of the five champions the one that had the most longevity was Brett Huggler. "The Ironman" was competing in his team leading 15th tournament of the year. Huggler started out just like most of the rest of the team winning by pin. In fact, he won his first two matches by pin. Huggler did have a near fatal encounter in his third outing where he went into the third period ahead by five points. All of a sudden he got caught and put to his back and the next thing you know he is in a tie as regulation time ended.

Going into overtime Huggler got down to business again scoring an early takedown to pull out the victory. After that he added two more pins to walk away with his trophy.

Douglas Simmons seemed to have it his way all day. He toyed with his first opponent, not going for the throat, but opting to try out a couple more moves before getting a technical fall. After that Simmons decided to just get things over with and pinned the next two unfortunate souls.

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