Wrestling Bees hold off CNS in first-place clash

For the Baldwinsville wrestling team, the wait was quite worth it.

Twice, the Bees' showdown with Cicero-North Syracuse for first place in the CNY Counties League National division was postponed, as snow and cold weather made both sides bide their time.

Finally, the moment arrived on Friday night at the Baker High School gymnasium - and the Bees seized it, getting a big victory from Pat Nasoni and, overall, doing enough to beat the Northstars 34-32 to run its streak of consecutive league wins to 25.

If ever there was a chance for that streak to fall, it was here, because CNS was a confident group after advancing to the semifinals of the Section III Dual meet - an event where the Bees were eliminated in the first round.

Still, B'ville was fiercely determined to protect its win streak and its long-held place atop the league, and quickly went to a 7-0 lead in the first two matches. Anthony Rafkis opened at 140 pounds by dominating Tom Peterson 12-2, and Antonio Peck (145 pounds) followed with a hard-fought 4-2 decision over Kiel Dyer.

CNS countered with two close decisions and a pin to move ahead 12-7 as James Eustice, at 152 pounds, fell to Jordan Ramos 7-5 and, two matches later, Joe Nasoni (171 pounds) battled against James Segars, but lost 5-3.

That set up Pat Nasoni's big moment, in the 189-pound match against Ariel Anoceto. For the most part, Anoceto dominated, and with a 15-7 lead was going to add at least four points to the Northstars' margin. But with 10 seconds left, Nasoni made a stunning move and pinned Anoceto. It was a 10-point swing, and suddenly B'ville was back in front 13-12.

Quickly, the Bees fell behind again, 21-13, after Brian Honsinger (215 pounds) lost to Matt Mastro 4-0 and CNS's Clayton D'Onofrio claimed a 285-pound forfeit. But Kevin Paul (96 pounds) knocked off Drew Dyer 9-2 and, at 103 pounds, Tim Sposato pinned Joe Copani in 90 seconds, and the Bees now had a 22-21 lead.

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