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Chittenango wrestlers pound Canastota

Taking the short trip up Route 5, the Chittenango wrestling team went to Canastota last Tuesday night and would dominate this Madison County showdown, beating the Raiders by a score of 40-15.

Even though Canastota got an invitation to Saturday's Section III Dual Meet, the Bears proved too much for them, starting and finishing strong.

Wes Blanding (130 pounds) claimed a forfeit in the opening match. After a Canastota pin tied it 6-6, Anthony Galli showed up at 140 pounds and pinned Sam Farfaglia just seconds before the match ended. Karl Chappell (145 pounds) got his pin over Jamie Meade in 4:37.

Canastota won three of the next four matches to close the gap, but even those contests proved to be exciting.

Jacob Jayson had a wild battle at 160 pounds, but managed to edge past Fred Sherman 14-13. Both Ryan Schiedo (171 pounds) and Kyle Schiedo (189 pounds) dropped close matches -- Ryan to Zach Zupan 4-2 in overtime, Kyle to John Carver 6-2.

But the Bears would not lose again. Josh Wright began that final push at 215 pounds in yet another nail-biter, getting past Sam Stagnitti 6-5, but Gunnar Brooks (112 pounds) proved more decisive, routing Joe Tiller 13-1 before Cole Farsaci (119 pounds) pinned Brandon Durfee 14 seconds into the second period. John Regan (125 pounds) claimed a forfeit.

With no practice in between (thanks to Wednesday's snowstorm), the Bears move on to back-to-back meets against Whitesboro and East Syracuse-Minoa on Thursday and Friday.

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