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CNS wrestlers win showdown with Liverpool

Near-sweeps in both the light and middle weight divisions marked the turning points of Wednesday night's wrestling clash between Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool.

By winning in those categories, the host Northstars more than doubled the Warriors' output, prevailing by a score of 47-22.

From 96 to 119 pounds, CNS won all four matches, amounting to 22 points. Joe Copani, at 103 pounds, took just 22 seconds to pin Nathan Gee, while Dan Ciciarelli (112 pounds) needed 1:47 to pin Sam Marleau and Drew Dyer, at 96 pounds, finished off Travis Chewning-Kulick in 2:31.

Only Nate Hathaway, at 119, got the match to six minutes, but the Northstars' Tony Battista still beat him 12-4. Closer matches would take place elsewhere.

A wild 140-pound affair saw CNS's Bryan Hall and Liverpool's Brockton Barton trade takedowns and escapes until, at match's end, Hall had a 15-13 victory. Jacob Murdock (130 pounds) outlasted Casey Guilfoil 5-2 as James Segars (152 pounds) beat Matt Call 4-0.

The Warriors broke through when Tyler Eason, wrestling at 135 pounds, beat Matt Dunham 4-2, as teammate Lucas Castellanos (125 pounds) chimed in with a pin over Fidel Torres with 48 seconds left.

Liverpool also won three of the four heavyweight matches, including a 285-pound duel where Pat Carroll-Marsh, in the waning seconds, pinned Clayton D'Onofrio. That complemented Brendan Capria (171 pounds) edging Jordan Ramos 3-1 and Matt Mastro, at 215 pounds, beating Kyle Cooper 12-3.

But the Northstars had too much depth, as shown by Andrew Osborne pinning his 160-pound opponent, Mende Cukalevski, midway through the third period and Kiel Dyer (145 pounds) getting a 90-second pin over Nate Smith.

CNS didn't stop with beating Liverpool, though - for a night later, it went to Camillus and did much the same thing to West Genesee in an impressive 48-19 win over the Wildcats.

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