By having close to full representation, the Canastota wrestling team overcame early struggles in Wednesday night's Route 5 showdown with Chittenango and recorded a 35-33 victory over the Bears.
Jake Popple opened for the Raiders at 119 pounds and, in what proved to be a pivotal match, held off Brad Phelps 4-3. That became more important as the Bears answered by winning the next four matches.
In quick order, Rudy Farsaci (125 pounds) pinned Jordan Pannell in 1:06, Wes Blanding (130 pounds) took 47 seconds to pin Billy Rinauto and John Regan, at 135 pounds, finished off Dakota Tucker in 1:21.
But after Zak Jackson (140 pounds) edged past Brandon Durfee 4-3, Canastota would take over, winning the next six matches.
Tyler Sirota, at 145 pounds, initiated the streak by routing Nic Bacon 14-2 as Jeremy Brodfuehrer (152 pounds) rolled past Dan Naugle 13-2 and Zach Zupan (160 pounds) took 1:04 to pin Jacob Jayson.
When Fred Sherman, at 171 pounds, pinned Brian Perriello in 1:04, the Raiders all but clinched the meet, as Josh Babcock (189 pounds) and Sam Stagnitti (215 pounds) didn't have to face competition in earning forfeits. Chittenango won the last two matches as Cody Carberry (103 pounds) pinned Zach Hannan in 3:13 and Gunnar Brooks (112 pounds) earned a forfeit.
Morrisville-Eaton came close to a victory on Wednesday, only to get denied in a 37-33 defeat to Whitesboro in a battle of Warrior teams.
Twice, M-E had to give up forfeits, to Whitesboro's one, which made a big difference, given the four-point margin.
On the mat, Dalton Villnave (189 pounds) had M-E's fastest pin, taking 2:46 to finish off Joe Sullivan. Alex Wenham (125 pounds) took seven fewer seconds to pin Pat Moran, while Barney Prince (112 pounds) earned a fall over Rob DiDomenico midway through the third period.