B’ville countered by winning the next three matches through pins and claiming three forfeits. Only in the latter stages did the Hornets fight back a bit, as Luke Rufo (132 pounds) worked hard in a 10-5 loss to Kevin Paul and its own Jake Norton, who wrestles at 138, lost 1-0 to Vito Caloia.
A day later, East Syracuse-Minoa took on Cortland, and it also claimed just four of the matches in a 63-17 defeat to the Purple Tigers.
The difference was that Cortland won the first four contests (two by forfeits) before the Spartans got on the board at 106, where Jon Fannetti blanked Michael Bay 12-0.
Five more Purple Tigers wins followed, only Jeff Loder (120) getting close for ESM in a 2-1 defeat to Ian George, before Kyle Parella, at 145, began a late surge by outlasting Ryan Weber 14-10.
Steve Loder, working at 152, nearly got a technical fall, but settled for a 14-1 win over Mike Southwick before Alex Seamans did get a pin over 160-pound opponent Reilly Brown in 1:10.
Both F-M and ESM would find their way to weekend meets. The Hornets, at the Phoenix Round Robin, took eighth place in a nine-team field with 98 points.
Pat Quinlan returned to action at 132 pounds and won that division, going 4-0 and knocking off Phoenix’s Zach Coe 17-3 in the title match. Tom Quinlan made it to the 152-pound final before another Firebirds wrestler, Rowdy Prior, beat him 9-3.
Hajduk, King and Tristan Brodders (138) all had fourth-place finishes, with Norton fifth at 132 after a 75-second pin over Whitesboro’s Anthony Inman.
ESM, in the two-day Camden Classic, earned 46 points for 13th place in a 17-team field. Loder reached the finals at 152, only to run into Mexico’s Trevor Allard take a 7-0 defeat.
Matt Grosso, at 195, was fourth, dropping a close consolation bracket final to Chittenango’s Justin Cox 4-2. Parella, at 145, beat Camden’s Brett Finch 5-1 for fifth place.