A 50-23 victory over Wayne followed, as did a 75-8 romp over Oxford. But B’ville lost, 36-27, to Penfield to deny itself a chance at a 4-0 mark on day one of the tournament.
Against Penfield, the Bees were tied, 27-27, with two matches to go, but the Patriots used a pin and decision in the last two matches, at 99 and 106, to prevail. McArdell, Nasoni and Honsinger each gained pins, with Nasoni, Sutphen, Honsinger and Paul each going 4-0 during the first day’s action.
By far, the most dramatic match came early on Saturday, a showdown with Canastota that went to the wire before the Bees lost to the Raiders 32-31.
Brandon Schmid (126) won the opener, and B’ville went in front with consecutive victories from McArdell, Norton and John Petrelli (160). Though Canastota won five of the next six matches, Nasoni, at 189, got one of the best wins of his career when he pinned 2012 state Division II 170-pound champion Zach Zupan in the second period.
With a forfeit to David Rush (106) and Jeremy Pond’s 11-7 decision over Mike Zupan at 113, it all rode on the 120-pound finale. Dominick Arcadi needed any sort of decision to claim the team match, but instead the Raiders’ Nate Walker pinned him in less than a minute.
Shaking that off, B’ville rolled past Adironack 55-27, and then got in another close match with Troy LaSalle, prevailing 44-39 by taking the last two matches. Paul, wrestling at 126, edged Brandon Diaz 6-4 and Schmid, moved up to 132, pinned Will McMann in 3:18 to clinch it.
The Bees closed out a 6-2 tournament run with a 48-27 victory over Amsterdam. Nasoni’s pin over Amsterdam’s Christian Lopez completed a perfect 8-0 run through the tournament, while Honsinger went 6-1. Sutphen, Paul and McArdell eachwere 6-2 and Norton finished at 5-2.
With all that done, B’ville earned a much-needed rest that will continue through the first full week of 2013 – until Jan. 9, when it has a CNY Counties League first-place showdown with Cicero-North Syracuse, three days before appearing at the Cazenovia Invitational.