CNS, Liverpool wrestlers vie for Class AA honors

Kiel Dyer earned fifth place at 130 pounds when he shut out Corcoran's Kadeem Howard 2-0, with Liverpool seeing Brendan Capria (171 pounds) beat WG's Luke Mersfelder 7-3 and Mike Reed (285 pounds) pin Auburn's Matt Mattes to each finish fifth, too. Matt Dunham gave CNS a sixth-place finish at 135 pounds, with Liverpool's Dakota Inman (140 pounds) doing the same.

Just before going to the Class AA meet, Liverpool had a non-league contest last Tuesday night, losing to Hannibal 48-18.

All the points came from three falls. Derek Eason (152) pinned Joel Kinville in 1:21 and Tyler Eason (119) took 3:38 to pin Nick Shepard, while Capria (171) also pinned Rob Burnett late in the second period.

Jake Bottino, at 135, lost a close 8-5 decision to Josh Sheldon, while Tyler Koleasook (130) fell to Nick Borle 9-5. Guilfoil Reed (215) both lost 5-0 to, respectively, Joe Griffin and Josh Lewis.

A large contingent of CNS and Liverpool wrestlers will travel Saturday to Utica Memorial Auditorium for the Section III Division I championships, which start at 10 a.m. Top performers advance to the Feb. 26-27 state meet at Albany's Times Union Center.

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