Within an eight-day span, the Cicero-North Syracuse wrestling team would participate in five events, culminating in key CNY Counties League showdowns early next week against Baldwinsville and Central Square.
In the middle of all this, the Northstars played host to one of the season's biggest events, as the top 16 teams in Central New York arrived at CNS Saturday for the annual Section III Dual Meet.
And CNS, as a part of the field, made an impressive run to the semifinals before Fulton stopped them, all part of the Red Raiders' eventual run to its 18th Dual Meet championship - but its first since 2007.
In the first round, the Northstars faced no. 3 Holland Patent. Ignorning the Golden Knights' high standing (no. 12 in the state Division II poll), CNS won the first eight matches on its way to a 39-32 victory.
Each of the first three matches were close - but CNS pulled them out as Matt Dunham, at 135 pounds, edged Todd Stevens 4-3 as Bryan Hall (140 pounds) beat Ed Knamm 12-9 and Kiel Dyer (145 pounds) fought past Tyler Mytych 7-6.
Then James Segars pinned his 152-pound opponent, Taylor Short, in 1:48, followed by Jordan Ramos (160 pounds) beating Marc Grogan 7-2. Two more pins followed, as Andrew Osborne (171 pounds) finished off Barrett Joseph in 2:32 and Ariel Anoceto (189 pounds) got a fall over Ryan Crego in 1:55. Matt Mastro (215 pounds) closed out the run, pulling out a 1-0 decision over Josh Langley.
For the rest of the meet, CNS had just one victory, Dan Ciciarelli (103 pounds) pinning Sam Olczyk in 1:24, but it was already focusing on the quarterfinal match against Central Square - where it would win again, taking out the Red Hawks 39-35.
Down 8-0 early, the Northstars began its decisive run on Central Square with Dyer beating Spencer Norton 7-2. Then Segars got a second-period pin over Avery Sigle and Osborne pinned Garrett Claffey in 1:31, putting CNS ahead for good.