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Skaneateles wrestlers drop showdown with Hannibal

Fresh off its sweep at the Dec. 18 Fabius-Pompey Duals, the Skaneateles wrestling team visited Hannibal Wednesday night in a key OHSL Liberty division showdown.

And the Lakers would lead early, thanks to four consecutive wins, but watched as the Warriors rallied to prevail by a score of 45-34.

In the second match at 140 pounds, Kevin Pembridge put Skaneateles on the board when he pinned Alex Race midway through the second period.

Following up, Jake Valentino (145 pounds) pinned Ray Bortle at the end of the second period, with Jon Leubner (152 pounds) taking just 1:46 to finish off Austin Woodworth. Jacob Brillo, at 160 pounds, pinned Walter Forbes with 37 seconds left.

Hannibal countered with its own run of four straight wins - two pins, a forfeit and a decision - before Josh Brillo gave the Lakers a 96-pound win by beating Dustin Ouellette 13-5.

But the Warriors clinched the meet with two late pins following Brillo's triumph. Ryan Dick gave Skaneateles a late highlight at 125 pounds by pinning Zack Janes in 2:43.

Skaneateles returns to action Thursday, going north to Copenhagen for the Lewis County Duals before returning to the OHSL Liberty division Jan. 5 to face Jordan-Elbridge.

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