SYRACUSE In their own unique ways – one quite methodical, the other quite dramatic – Kevin Paul and Pat Nasoni gave Baldwinsville a pair of Section III Division I wrestling titles Saturday night at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena.
Paul emerged with the 106-pound title and Nasoni earned the 195-pound crown, both of them advancing to the Feb. 24-25 state meet at Albany’s Times Union Center.
For his title match, Paul met Indian River’s Nick Toutant, the top seed, and got a takedown late in the first period to take a 2-0 lead.
From there, Paul spent the rest of the match in protection mode, allowing Toutant a single-point escape, but taking the bottom spot in the t and preventing any sort of move as time ran out, giving Paul a 2-1 decision and a seasonal mark of 32-8.
By contrast, Nasoni found himself in trouble early in his 195-pound final against APW’s Dana Palmer. Trailing 5-2 at one point, Nasoni, at the end of the second period, put Palmer’s shoulders on the mat long enough to earn a pin at the 3:57 mark – and the sectional title, too, with a 38-4 record for the season.
To reach the finals, Paul beat James Lamson (Watertown) 6-2 and Tory King (New Hartford) 2-0, while Nasoni gained a second-period pin over Cody Loope (East Syracuse-Minoa) in the quarterfinals and pulled away from Watertown’s Dennis Williams 15-6 in the semifinals.
Overall, the Bees finished third in the Division I (large school) team standings with 143 points. Only Indian River (167.5 points) and Fulton (151 points) fared better.
Tim Sposato, despite the top seed at 113 pounds, could not quite prevail. Sposato, 35-5 on the season, pinned Mar Htoo (Rome Free Academy) in 31 seconds and blanked Dan Fancett (New Hartford) 10-0 to reach the finals, but ran into Fulton’s Thomas Hill in the title match and lost a 5-2 decision.