Strong efforts from the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool wrestling teams meant that they both would earn invitations to the Section III Dual Meet, which took place Saturday at the C-NS gymnasium.
Yet both the Northstars and Warriors fell in the first round of the 16-team tournament, as C-NS fell to Sandy Creek 55-21 and Liverpool took a 49-22 defeat to Holland Patent.
Never leading, the Northstars saw the Comets get pins in the first three matches, leading to an 18-0 deficit before David Griglock, at 182 pounds, beat Dan Luberto 9-3.
In all, Sandy Creek won six of the first seven matches. Only Noah Whirtenour got close, at 195 pounds, falling to A.J. Wills 5-1.
C-NS’s best stretch followed, as Drew Dyer (99 pounds) claimed a forfeit, Connor Osborne (106 pounds) pinned Jacob Kirchner in 52 seconds and Joe Copani, at 120 pounds, got a pin over Jared Williams in 3:49. But the Comets won the last four matches, including Tom Peterson (145 pounds) falling to Jake Benedict 9-5.
Earlier that day, Liverpool took its shot at Holland Patent and opened, at 152 pounds, with Mende Cukalevski routing Marc Grogan 11-1. Three matches later, Joe Pizzuto (182 pounds) put his team in front with a second-period pin over Brandon Lake.
But the Golden Knights took charge with five wins in the next six matches, the only exception Pat Carroll-Marsh’s pin of Lonnie Harris. In a close 113-pound match, Travis Chewning-Kulick fell to Nick LaMarque 4-3.
After Sebastian Lum, at 120, pinned Erick Ward midway through the third period, HP would pull away with wins in the last four matches, including Luay Ashkar’s 1-0 defeat to Josh Evans at 126 pounds.
HP would lose in the quarterfinals to South Jefferson 44-34 and Sandy Creek took a 57-20 loss to General Brown in that same round. Phoenix and Fulton reached the finals, with the Firebirds edging the Red Raiders 33-32 for the Dual Meet title, avenging a loss to Fulton earlier this month.