For the most part, Cazenovia’s top wrestlers didn’t need to take the mat. LaHart, Biviano, Hung, Wilson, Phililps, Polhamus, Nannery, Lucas and Cooper Holgate (106 pounds) all claimed forfeits.
Only twice did the Lakers win matches on the mat. Kugler battled past Nathan Smart 8-3, while Ryan Oherien (170 pounds) pinned Tim Pierce in just 45 seconds.
As this went on, Chittenango hosted CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt, and got a fair share of points, but still took a 42-27 defeat to the combined OHSL Freedom division foe.
They split the first 10 matches. Zach Graham, at 195, got the Bears on the board in a tough 4-3 decision over Ted Pappas, while Casey Placito (285) edged past Steve Vallery 3-1.
Cody Carbery, at 106, earned Chittenango’s initial pin by finishing off Lucas Campbell 29 seconds into the third period. Matt Bixby (120) got past Lucas Rowe 6-1, with Wes Blanding (132) taking just 34 seconds to pin Sam Rigney.
But CBA/J-D clinched it by winning the next two matches, Brad Phelps (138) and Tyler Lewis (145) taking those defeats, and though John Regan (152 pounds) would pin Tucker Benedict in 36 seconds, the Bears could not catch up.
This followed the Bears’ 59-22 win over Herkimer last Tuesday night. Chittenango benefited from five forfeits, adding up to 30 points, given to Carbery, Alex Carter (160), Correy Wilmer (170), Nick Harrington (182) and Justin Cox (195), but plenty of work was done on the mat, too.
Regan took just 28 seconds to pin Eric Johnston as Blanding pinned Daniel Netti in 37 seconds. Graham earned his pin over Isaiah Herron at the tail end of the first period, with Rob Tyson (126) finishing off Nick Morosco in 3:56. Phelps overwhelmed Josh Lamanna in a 16-1 technical fall.
Now Chittenango gets to prepare for this Saturday’s Section III Class B tournament – which Cazenovia will host at Buckley Gym. Top finishers advance to the Feb. 11 Section III meet at the brand-new SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College.