Paul, Nasoni win sectional wrestling titles

B'ville rises to third in Division I team standings

— As for Anthony Rafkis, he made an impressive run to the 160-pound final, pinning Alex Seamans (East Syracuse-Minoa) in 3:40 and, in the semifinals, getting a pin over CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt’s Mark Friske with 36 seconds left.

Fulton’s Nick Woodworth proved too tough in the final, though, holding off a late charge from Rafkis to prevail 5-3. Rafkis is 32-8 this winter.

As for Joe Nasoni, he earned third place at 182 pounds and improved his mark to 33-9, falling in the semifinals to Indian River’s Garrick Cook, but recovering to beat ESM’s Alex Moss and, in the consolation bracket final, West Genesee’s Matt Nichols in a 12-0 shutout.

Connor Ross, wrestling at 138 pounds, lost a 10-0 semifinal to WG’s Connor Grome, but turned around to top Tony Karam (New Hartford) 5-1 and Jacob Murdock (Cicero-North Syracuse) 13-4 to finish third and improve his mark to 33-15.

Wrestling at 126 pounds, Chad McArdell dropped his semifinal to eventual champ Antonio DeLuco (Rome Free Academy) 7-1, yet recovered in time to pin Liverpool’s Luay Ashkar in 3:48 to take fifth place.

Ryan McArdell, at 160 pounds, beat teammate James Eustice 3-2 in the first round, but lost in the quarterfinals to Fulton’s Tony Torrese, like Cook an eventual sectional champion.

Steve Petrelli (152 pounds) met the same fate, beating Frank Davenport (Cortland) in the first round, but falling in the quarterfinals to Tom Quinlan (Fayetteville-Manlius) 23-10. Jake Norton (145 pounds), after a first-round pin of ESM’s Kevin Morris in 1:09, ran into Fulton’s Adam Wallace in the quarterfinals and got pinned himself.

Jabr Bengabr (120 pounds) took a quarterfinal defeat to Liverpool’s Nate Hathaway in a technical fall. Jake Florack (220 pounds) lost in the first round, but still had a 23-8 record, and Gunnar Sutphen (170 pounds) also fell in the first round.

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