Off a third-place showing at the Dec. 8 Herkimer Invitational, the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt wrestling team remained in top form.
During last Wednesday’s match against Homer, CBA/J-D got some key points in early matches, and then held on to beat the Trojans 36-34.
It started with a 152-pound classic where J.T. Romagnoli, with an overtime takedown, beat Nick Petrie 8-6. That started an early exchange that included Tucker Benedict, at 170 pounds, beating Dakota O’Gorman in a 10-3 decision.
CBA/J-D then won three in a row in the highest weight classes after Mark Friske’s overtime loss to Mark Dove at 182 pounds. Kaalar Wynn (195 pounds) took 3:30 to pin Brent Bishop, after which Ben Honis (220 pounds) claimed a forfeit and Zach Shapiro (285 pounds) earned a 13-6 decision over David Kiernan.
Homer responded with its own three-match win streak to reclaim the lead before Cole Murphy, at 120 pounds, pinned Travis Brown in 3:26 and Arsen Bagiryan (126) got a 35-second fall over Zach Seymour.
Again, the Trojans fought back, winning twice to go in front 34-33. So it all hung on the 145-pound finale between Matt Lauro and Homer’s Gage Root, and Lauro would prove cool amid the pressure, defeating Lauro 9-4 to give his side the meet win.
CBA/J-D’s next meet was against Fayetteville-Manlius on Tuesday. A week earlier, the Hornets won each of the first four matches at Baldiwnsville. But that was it, as the Bees claimed everything else and defeated the Hornets, 52-17, negating all that good work in the early going.
As was F-M’s good fortune, the meet began at 152 pounds, where Tom Quinlan claimed a tough 7-2 decision over Jake Norton. Tim Byrnes, at 160 pounds, took the next match and won 12-4 over Brian Rush.
Then Mark King earned the Hornets’ only pin at 170 pounds, finishing off Gunner Sutphen 44 seconds into the third period. As a follow-up, Jon Hajduk prevailed at 182 pounds, easily topping Nick Balduzzi 17-7.