Caz wrestling claims seventh as Invitational host

Chittenango ninth out of 16 teams despite Blanding, Carbery wins

— Cazenovia’s wrestling team hoped to conclude one of its busiest portions of the season by hosting its own invitational meet on Saturday, featuring 16 entrants.

Overall, the Lakers had 75 points, taking seventh place, while Chittenango was seventh with 87 points. Vestal, with 198 points, topped the field, with Baldwinsville (145.5 points) in second.

Only one Laker, Nick Petroff, made the championship round, in the 120-pound division. Petroff pinned Chittenango’s Alex Bixby in the second period and edged Tyler Heggelke (West Genesee) 2-1 in the semifinals, only to lose a 5-3 title match to Onondaga’s Tyler Field. Bixby finished fifth.

Dylan Evans claimed fourth place at 126 pounds and Brad Lucas earned fourth at 285 pounds. Aaron Lahart was fifth at 99 pounds, with Carter Biviano fifth at 113 pounds after pinning Chittenango’s Wyatt Blanding in 2:04 for that spot. Ted Kugler was sixth at 138 pounds.

Meanwhile, Chittenango’s Wes Blanding, at 132 pounds, took the title by dominating Onondaga’s Alex Potts 17-5 in the championship round, and teammate Cody Carbery won at 106 pounds with a 5-2 finals decision over Oxford’s Joe Nelson. John Regan rose to fifth at 145 pounds, with Zach Graham (195 pounds) also in the fifth slot.

Back on Jan. 7, the Lakers had a strong showing during the Port Byron Invitational. It earned 170 points for third place in a 14-team field. North Rose-Wolcott won with 222.5 points and Hannibal (175.5 points) edge out Cazenovia for the second spot.

Jake Wilson, at 160 pounds, took 35 seconds to pin Moravia's Alex Lavender in the quarterfinals. He then edged Charles Small (North Rose-Wolcott) 3-2 in the semifinals and, in a classic final, got past Jordan-Elbridge's Mitch Cooper in a 14-13 decision.

As for Dan Phillips (182 pounds), he pinned J-E's Ryan Hubbs in 3:27 and took just 48 seconds to pin Port Byron's Mike Murray to reach the title match, where in just 1:10 he finished off Hannibal's John Burcham to prevail.

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