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Wrestling Bees hold off CNS in first-place clash

It was also key that Chad McArdell, at 112 pounds, and Connor Ross, at 125 pounds, stay on the mat and avoid technical falls or pins - which they did, limiting CNS's gains from those wins as Joey Shaheen (119 pounds) claimed a forfeit.

So B'ville only trailed by one, 28-27, heading into the last two matches. Jacob Norton then delivered another big pin at 130 pounds, finishing off Jacob Murdock 48 seconds into the second period, to put his side up 33-28.

Thus, all Ryan McArdell had to do in the 135-pound finale was stay on the mat for six minutes against Matt Dunham, avoiding a six-point pin or a five-point technical fall that would allow CNS to get the critieria point for eight wins in a 15 matches. McArdell did just that, staying close all match long and only losing the small 6-3 decision - but winning the larger team battle for the Bees.

B'ville is not done seeing the Northstars, though, for it will go back to CNS next Saturday for the Section III Class AA championship meet, following Wednesday's tune-up against Oswego.

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