With the weather finally cleared up, the Cicero-North Syracuse wrestling team went down Route 31 to Baldwinsville Friday night, taking its big shot at ending the Bees' 24-meet CNY Counties League win streak.
And the Northstars came awfully close to its goal, only to see the Bees stop them again in a 34-32 classic that was suspenseful from beginning to end.
They started by trading win streaks. B'ville claimed the first two matches with decisions, Kiel Dyer (145 pounds) coming close against Antonio Peck before taking a 4-2 defeat.
Then, at 152 pounds, Jordan Ramos battled his way past James Eustice 5-2 to put CNS on the board. Andrew Osborne (160 pounds) followed with a second-period pin of Gunner Stephen, and James Segars, at 171 pounds, fought hard to beat Joe Nasoni 5-3.
Looking back, the 189-pound match proved pivotal. The Northstars' Ariel Anoceto enjoyed a comfortable lead on the Bees' Pat Nasoni until, with 10 seconds to spare, Nasoni made a dramatic move and pinned Anoceto.
It was, at least, a 10-point turnaround that looked even bigger after Matt Mastro (215 pounds) beat Brian Hosinger 4-0 and Clayton D'Onofrio (285 pounds) claimed a forfeit. CNS still led 21-13, but had left room for B'ville to hang in there.
Sure enough, a decision, pin and forfeit in the next three matches gave the Bees a 28-25 lead despite Dan Ciciarelli (112 pounds) beating Chad McArdell 15-5. And at 125 pounds, Tony Battista dominated against Connor Ross, but just missed a technical fall (and an extra point) in his 19-5 win.
Two matches were left, and CNS clung to a 29-28 lead that vanished when B'ville's Jacob Norton (130 pounds) pinned Jacob Murdock. Thus, Matt Dunham had to pin Ryan McArdell in the 135-pound finale, but only could win a 5-3 decision.