Marcellus wrestlers rally past Cazenovia

An exciting Thursday night of OHSL Liberty division wrestling saw Marcellus and Jordan-Elbridge both take part in key encounters.

The Mustangs went to Cazenovia's cozy Buckley Gym and, with a stirring late comeback, beat the Lakers 41-34, while the Eagles ran into Hannibal and took a 61-21 loss to the Warriors.

Marcellus began quite well against Cazenovia, John Cavaretta pinning his 189-pound opponent, Jake Pizzi, in 3:10 as David Brever (215 pounds) and Mike Perry (96 pounds) both claimed forfeits.

But the Mustangs' early 18-6 lead did not hold, as the Lakers won four straight times - three pins, plus Chris Biviano beating Zach Ruggles 7-3 - to move in front, a streak only broken when Brian Barrett claimed a 130-pound forfeit.

Andrew Eberle (135 pounds) then earned a crucial 3-1 decision over Mike Nourse, and Nate Long won at 145 pounds when an injury to Patrick Karnis forced a default. Even with that, Marcellus trailed 34-32 with two matches to go.

Then Kyle Tierney, at 160 pounds, got a spectacular 39-second pin over Oliver Posewitz to put the Mustangs in front, and Aaron Murphy sealed the win at 171 pounds with a 4-1 decision over Anthony Randino.

As this went on, J-E hosted Hannibal and opened at 140 with Mitch Cooper shutting out Dan Wyman 5-0. But the Warriors won the next nine matches (four of them forfeits) to drain any suspense out of the outcome.

Still, the Eagles had some late highlights. Mitch Alpha, at 112, pinned Dennis Spaulding in 3:37, and Dallas Denise (119 pounds) got a pin over Eric Belge 19 seconds into the second period. Joe Mills, at 130, earned a fall against Nick Shepard with 49 seconds left.

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