In between snowstorms and lots of holiday cheer, the Baldwinsville wrestling team somehow found the time to participate in a pair of tournaments that closed out the 2012 portion of its schedule.
First, the Bees hosted its own Holiday Tournament on Dec. 22, an event whose field was pared back due to a winter storm that kept a few teams from traveling to the Baker High School Gym.
Still, South Jefferson, West Genesee, Hoosick Falls and Whitesboro made it to the round-robin tournament, and the Bees beat three of them – everyone except the Spartans, who prevailed 46-30 over B’ville in a match that would prove decisive.
South Jefferson dominated in the lower weight classes, claiming all but one match between 99 and 138 pounds. Kevin Paul (120) proved the exception, beating Adam Hutchinson 11-2.
B’ville did win all three matches in the highest weight classes. Joe Nasoni, at 195 pounds, got a 17-2 technical fall over Ryan Charlebois, while Brian Honsinger (220) pinned the Spartans’ Antonio Diaz with 22 seconds left in their match and Jake Florack (285) took 1:51 to pin Nakita Bedore.
Chad McArdell, at 152 pounds, earned B’ville’s other pin, finishing off Griffin Charlebois in 3:11 as Connor Ross (145) won a tough 8-4 decision over Jacob Moulton. Jake Norton, wrestling at 160, lost a tough 3-2 decision to Trevor Cowles.
B’ville would not lose again on this day, doubling up West Genesee 53-26, holding off Hoosick Falls 48-29 and shutting out Whitesboro 87-0 to finish 3-1 on the meet. South Jefferson, with a 4-0 mark, won it.
Six days later, the Bees made its way to Dolgeville for the Mountain Duals – two more days of competition against eight different opponents from across Upstate New York.
Starting well, the Bees took out Averill Park 48-30, claiming seven of the eight matches from 145 to 220 pounds as McArdell, Norton, Honsinger, Nasoni, Nick Balduzzi (182) and Gunnar Sutphen (170) all earned pins.