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Canastota wrestlers edge VVS, 32-31

It looked like Pritchard would hang on long enough - but just 12 seconds before the match (and the meet) ended, Jayson got Pritchard's shoulders on the mat for a fall, and the Raiders had pulled it out.

In Canastota's meet against Hannibal, the Warriors prevailed by taking each of the six matches in the lower weight classes -- two by pins in less than a minute, another through a forfeit.

Every Canastota point came from 140 pounds or higher, including two pins. Jayson, finished off Dustin Barbera at the end of the first period, while Sherman pinned Rob Burnett 34 seconds into the third period. Zupan doubled up on Josh Lewis 16-8 just before Stagnitti won over Steve Kingsley 11-5.

In two close decisions, Farfaglia held off Walter Foges 4-3, while Walker took his 145-pound match over Shawn Blais 9-7. Brodfuehrer fell to Hannibal's Joel Kinville 7-6, while Durfee could not get on the board in a 5-0 defeat to Josh Sheldon.

To end this busy week, Canastota went to the Sandy Creek Dual Meet and fared quite well, going 4-1 as Zupan was named his team's Most Outstanding Wrestler for the day.

The Raiders' lone loss came to the host Comets, 48-24, as Zupan, Sherman and Stagnitti dominated the higher weight classes, but Sandy Creek handled everything else. Subsequently, Canastota beat Lowville 42-28 and also took out the likes of Carthage, South Lewis and Fabius-Pompey.

On Tuesday night, the Raiders visit Mohawk in advance of its Saturday appearance at the inaugural Herkimer Tournament, where 15 teams from across the section are invited.

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