Nov 29, 2012 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
It only figured that a close, tight and tense contest would symbolize Wednesday night’s wrestling showdown between Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool.
Late in the meet, with the victory essentially hanging on their match, 220-pound wrestlers Matt Mastro and Ron Wilson went at it for six minutes, but it was Mastro pulling it out, which helped push the Northstars past the Warriors 34-28.
When it all got totaled up, each side had actually scored 28 points in contested matches. But the fact that Liverpool had to forfeit at 285 pounds to C-NS’s Jared West meant that the Warriors needed to get more points before that took place.
They started at 106, with Joe Barber pinning Alex Jorgensen midway through the second period. The Warriors countered at 113, getting on the board when Audey Ashkar handled Joe Mayers 12-4.
A pair of pins followed – the Northstars’ Drew Dyer (120) over Anthony Ianno in 3:22, Liverpool seeing Joe Melfi (126) taking just 1:54 to finish off Brandon Burnham.
Briefly, C-NS stretched out the lead to 19-10 when Joe Copani, at 132, topped Mike Mills 11-3 and Jeremy Rivera (138) scored all of his points in the third period to beat Brian Carr 9-3.
Again, Liverpool would fight back, starting at 145, where Darren Breen’s third-period takedown put him past Nate Langstaff 5-4, followed by Brock Barton (152) getting an 8-3 decision over Rob Rein.
In a pivotal 160-pound match, C-NS’s Sam Ruiz and Liverpool’s Dakota Inman were tied, 4-4, before Ruiz, got a two-point takedown in the waning seconds and pulled out a 6-4 decision, a win that got more important when, at 170, the Warriors’ Bryan Merril pinned Don Mannise in 3:30.
Liverpool took its only lead, 25-22, when Connor O’Conner (182) edged Jake Claflin 5-3, but with the looming forfeit, it still needed one more win in the higher weight classes to send it to the wire.
So after C-NS’s David Griglock (195) blanked Louis Ragonese 4-0 to tie it again at 25-25, Wilson had to beat Mastro. They were 0-0 until Mastro got a takedown in the second period, followed by a Wilson escape that cut the lead to one.
And there it would stay, through two tense minutes in the third period. Several times, Wilson was on the brink of the tying point with another escape, but Wilson rode him out, all the way to the buzzer, to preserve the clinching 2-1 win.
That, combined with the forfeit to West, ended matters, though the Warriors got the final points at 99 pounds when Sean Nadeau shut out Travis Harrington 6-0.
Just three days later, C-NS and Liverpool were in the same gym again, only as part of a 22-team field in the Northstars’ annual Andersen Tournament. Here, C-NS would finish 12th, with 74 points, and Liverpool (52 points) would take 15th place as South Jefferson (205.5 points) beat Fulton (175.5 points) for top honors.
Mastro had the best finish for either side, getting third place at 220 pounds when Fultons’ Derek Owen had to take an injury default in the consolation bracket final. Wilson took fifth place, claiming a forfeit over Chenango Forks’ Nick Gibson.
Dyer took fourth place at 113, beaten in a close match by Rome Free Academy’s D’Andre Norman 9-7, while Pete Nash gave Liverpool a fifth-place finish when he beat Charlie Mahon (Elmira) 14-2. Joe Barber was sixth at 106. Canastota’s Zach Zupan, the winner at 182 points, was named the meet’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.
Liverpool visits Fayetteville-Manlius on Wednesday night, just as C-NS goes to Auburn before hosting its own junior varsity Blindmen’s Tournament on Saturday.