Canastota wrestlers edge VVS, 32-31

Canastota and Vernon Verona Sherrill's wrestling teams got together Thursday night and engaged in the closest Section III meet of the season.

When 13 matches were done, each side had 31 points. But because the Raiders had won seven matches and the Red Devils six, Canastota earned the criteria point and pulled out a 32-31 win.

Both sides had been busy during the opening week - Canastota losing to Hannibal 32-25 on Tuesday, VVS routing Camden 52-15 on Wednesday.

None of that early work diluted the quality of this meet - and the Raiders made the initial move, claiming four of the first five matches.

Jeremy Brodfuehrer, at 152 pounds, got a crucial three points for Canastota in the opener, holding off Lane Frost in a 7-6 decision.

Sam Farfaglia (160 pounds) followed by blanking Shawn Ervin 8-0. Zach Zupan (189 pounds) and Sam Stagnitti (215 pounds) earned impressive points for Canastota - Zupan by pinning Nick Mieczkowski 20 seconds into the third period, Stagnitti by beating Kyle Reader 14-3.

Amid all this, VVS earned just one early win, as Alex Mieczkowski, at 171 pounds, held off Fred Sherman 8-6. But when the meet shifted to the lower weight classes, the Red Devils rallied.

Kasey Proper, at 103 pounds, pinned Zach Hannan in 2:41. Dylan Kavanaugh (112 pounds) followed with a pin of Rob Tyson in 1:40 and John Hudson (119 pounds) claimed a forfeit. Joe Tiller made it four straight VVS wins at 125 pounds, pinning Jordan Pannell in 48 seconds.

Canastota struck back when Dakota Tucker, at 130 pounds, pinned Alex Gilbert in the waning seconds of their match for six points and Brandon Durfee (135 pounds) earned a forfeit.

VVS then built its lead to 31-25 when Nathan Walts shut out 140-pound opponent Ray Walker. This left a daunting task for Canastota's Schuyler Jayson in the 145-pound finale, as he had to pin Aaron Pritchard.

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