Remaining strong within the OHSL Liberty division, the Cazenovia wrestling team totally dominated the lighter weight classes in Wednesday’s meet against Institute of Technology Central at Buckley Gym, prevailing by a score of 50-31.
In the eight weight classes from 99 to 145 pounds, the Lakers claimed seven victories, and though three of them were forfeits to Will Shephard (99), Carter Biviano (113) and Nick Petroff (126), there was plenty of mat action, too.
Dylan Evans, at 120 pounds, needed less than 90 seconds to pin Quinton Gatherings. In back-to-back matches, Joe Zambito (132 pounds) finished off Kenroy Thomas in 4:45 and Sam Langan, at 138 pounds, pinned Anthony Judge.
Elsewhere, Devin White, at 145 pounds, rolled past Jeff Nguyen 12-2, and Brad Lucas had a pin at 285 pounds as Logan Staiger, at 170 pounds, took 2:22 to pin Nathaniel Brown. Zack Maxwell (106 pounds) dropped a 14-9 decision to Javonte Kearsey.
Before meeting ITC, the Lakers went to the Groton Duals on Dec. 15 and emerged with a 4-1 record against five opponents.
Cazenovia beat the hosts from Groton, along with Moravia, Spencer-Van Etten and Southern Cayuga, but lost the decisive match to Central Square by a score of 46-34.
The match against the Red Hawks started out well, with Evans, at 120, beating Blake Engebretsen 10-5 in the season opener and Petroff pinning Zach Putnam at the end of the first period.
But that 9-0 lead vanished when Central Square won the next five matches, all by pins. Cazenovia broke that string when John Nannery, at 170, beat Zack Karl 14-5, but the Red Hawks answered with two more pins to clinch the match.
Finishing well, the Lakers saw Staiger pin D.J. Patchen in 1:45 and Lucas finish off Cody Stone in 3:33. In a tough 99-pound match, hephard edged past Jacob Garrow 4-2, and Biviano closed it out with a second-period pin over Dylan Wallace.