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Canastota wrestlers hosts New Tournament

As it does each January, the Canastota wrestling team served as the host for Saturday's Richard New Memorial Touranment, which drew a field of 12, including long-time Section III powers Fulton and Phoenix.

Overall, the Raiders had 88 points, taking eighth place, but in the race at the top, Fulton would prevail, 294.5 points to Phoenix's 271.

Canastota' Zach Zupan, the champion at 160 pounds, got to share Most Outstanding Wrestler honors with Phoenix's Kyle Crisafulli, a former state champion.

Zupan pinned Jordan Kalil (Fayetteville-Manlius) in 1:47, then won an 8-7 classic over Corcoran's Lamont Fleming in the semifinals. This set up a tough final against Cato-Meridian standout Nick Lalone -- but Zupan was ready for it, doing enough to earn a 6-4 decision and the top spot on the podium.

Tyler Sirota earned a trip to the 145-pound final with wins over Nic Bacon (Chittenango) and Marcus Earl (Fulton),, only to fall to Phoenix's Tyler Button in a pin midway through the third period. Fred Sherman's last-second pin of David Lee (Pittsford) in the consolation match secured third place at 189 pounds.

Chittenango also earned a title here, at 130 pounds, thanks to sophomore Wesley Blanding. He pinned Canastota's Dakota Tucker in 29 seconds, also pinned Marcel Lachance (Little Falls) in 2:40 in the semifinal round and beat Pittsford's Connor Moar 7-2 for the title.

Up at 96 pounds, Cody Carberry used pins over Eric Annette (Cato-Meridian) and Remington Lynch (Phoenix), both in the first period, to reach the finals, but lost to Dillon Stowell (Gouverneur) in the title match, settling for second place.

Here are the final team standings at the Richard New Memorial Tournament:

1. Fulton 294.5

2. Phoenix 271.0

3. Pittsford 227.5

4. Gouverneur 205.0

5. Deposit-Hancock 109.0

6. Fayetteville-Manlius 97.5

7. Cato-Meridian 92.0

8. Canastota 88.0

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