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Canastota wrestlers claim second at CSC meet

By just nine points, the Canastota wrestling team missed claiming the championship as the hosts of Saturday's Center State Conference championship meet.

The Raiders did not have Zach Zupan in the lineup, yet still piled up 197.5 points, beating everyone in the 12-team field except Adirondack, who prevailed with 206.5 points.

Four Canstota wrestlers won titles, including Anthony Finocchiaro, who dominated at 130 pounds. He earned three straight pins, capped by his fall over John Mazza (Mohawk) in 1:28 in the finals.

Meanwhile, Wyatt Albanese seized the 152-pound championship, shutting out Adirondack's Matt Fay 5-0 in the championship match. At 215 pounds, Fred Sherman got to the top with a third-period technical fall over Ilion's Zach Smith in the finals as Travis Conklin won at 285 pounds with a 10-4 decision over Jacob Gillard (Little Falls) in his title match.

Three other Raiders made the finals, including Sam Farfaglia, who took his 171-pound showdown with Adirondack's Cody Buhler to overtime before getting pinned. Nate Walker, at 96 pounds, lost a 7-0 title match to Ben Nastovski (Dolgeville), while Tyler Sirota could not continue in the 160-pound finale against Greg Davis (Sherburne-Earlville), taking an injury default.

Joe Tiller snagged third place at 125 pounds, holding off Herkimer's Bobby Maida 3-2 in the consolation bracket final, as Billy Rinauto (135 pounds) and Steve Fallon (171 pounds matched that third-place effort. Zach Hannan (103 pounds) was fifth.

Morrisville-Eaton, who was ninth with 67 points, saw Mike Vreeland nearly win at 145 pounds, only to fall in overtime to Dolgeville's Kaleb Smith. Barney Prince got to the last match at 119 pounds, only to have Pat Webster (Adirondack) pin him in the third period.

Before the league meet, Canastota wrestled against Hannibal last Tuesday night, a close affair that saw the Raiders fall just short in a 34-32 loss to the Warriors.

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