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Youth wrestlers hit the mats

After the last few weeks without too much activity in the surrounding area, the Canastota Youth Wrestling Club was back in action with a full weekend slate of tournaments. On Saturday eight members from the team traveled to Norwich and on the following day 13 more wrestlers battled at Onondaga.

At Norwich, Canastota grapplers were placed into brackets according to their ability. Factor in also that a team had come all the way from Philadelphia. Consequently, the Raiders did not produce any champions for the first time all season. As a testament as to how tough this tournament was, trophies were given out all the way to fifth place.

Canastota did have three near misses and were incredibly close to coming home with first place trophies.

Douglas Simmons was one of those boys. Coming into this tournament Simmons had won four straight titles and looked to be on his way toward a fifth. Simmons started out with a pin, and then was matched up with a previously undefeated wrestler from Norwich. He easily out-pointed his Norwich foe by a score of 17-4.

Simmons looked like he had cleared the hurdle and may end the day unscathed, but his next opponent was one of those Philadelphia boys. Simmons fell behind by five points in that match and it looked like it might be over, but a five point move put him right back in the game and the two combatants went to overtime where Simmons gave up a takedown in the loss. He had one more match after that where it was business as usual, the end result a win by pin.

Josh Seamon was another Raider to take second place. Seamon received a forfeit to start off the day. Two hard fought victories by scores of 12-1 and 6-4 set the stage for a title shot. During the course of his final bout Seamon got dropped on a knee and as a result had to default due to injury.

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