Baldwinsville's wrestling team went east, to Dolgeville, to participate in two days worth of events as part of the annual Mountain Duals.
In a field of 18 entrants, the Bees ended up 11th, with an overall record of 5-4, mostly based on a strong second-day showing. Indian River took the top spot by beating all nine of its opponents.
The Bees started fast, winning its first two matches as it beat Whitesboro 51-33 and took out Amsterdam 44-37. But a 47-27 defeat to Colonie began a skid where B'ville also lost to Sandy Creek 48-30 and dropped a close 42-39 decision to Adirondack.
In that match against the Wildcats, B'ville lost despite Antonio Peck's 23-second pin of James Koperda at 145 pounds. Kevin Paul (96 pounds), Joe Nasoni (171 pounds) and Chad McCardell (112 pounds) also earned pins, with Pat Nasoni (189 pounds) edging Devin Riegler 2-1.
On the second day, things brightened when B'ville routed the host Dolgeville Blue Devils 52-15. Though the Bees would fall to Gouverneur 46-36, it would storm right back and win the last two matches, smashing Johnstown 76-6 and edging past Camden 41-39.
Securing that last match against the Blue Devils with a winning mark in the meet at stake proved quite exciting as B'ville needed a late rally to pull it off.
Camden won three of the first four contests, the lone exception Ryan McArdell, at 135, pinning Chad Finch in 1:38. Peck wore down Jake Mayden in a 17-1 technical fall to help, too.
Then Nick Balduzzi, at 160, pinned Marcus Chestnut in a scant 47 seconds, and the Nasoni brothers followed with pins - Joe over Joshua Reed in 1:43, Pat over Thad Casler in 3:23.
When Camden responded with four straight wins, the Bees were down 39-29 with two matches left. Even a forfeit to Chad McArdell at 112 meant that Joey Shaheen had to win at 119 over Alex Monteith to pull it out.
And just like he did against Liverpool's Nate Hathaway on Dec. 14, Shaheen delivered in the clutch, earning his pin over Monteith 1:11 into the second period to give B'ville some nice momentum as 2011 loomed.