In its first long road trip of the season, the Cazenovia wrestling team did not find much success against its namesakes.
It was Lakers vs. Lakers on Tuesday night when Cazenovia visited Skaneateles, and it was the hosts that got the best of the deal, winning eight consecutive matches in the latter stages to put away Cazenovia, leading to a 49-30 defeat.
Before all this, Cazenovia roared out to an 18-0 lead. They started at 182 pounds, where John Nannery and Connor Gray went to overtime, but Nannery’s takedown provided a 6-4 victory.
After Hayden Polhamus (195 pounds) and Dan Phillips (195 pounds) picked up forfeits, Brad Lucas battled Cooper Pitman at 285 pounds, and used a series of deft moves to prevail 9-4.
Jacob Wells (99 pounds) lost to Christian Daley 9-4, but Cazenovia rebounded at 106 pounds, where Will Shephard took just 1:15 to pin Nevin Rourke.
That would prove Cazenovia’s high-water mark, though, as Skaneateles, at 113 pounds, began a decisive streak that did not end until the 170-pound finale, when Mike Nourse pinned Lucas Sherman in less than 90 seconds.
During those eight defeats, Cazenovia only once stretched the match out to six minutes as Carter Biviano (120 pounds) lost to Max Collier 13-1. Skaneateles had seven different pins, including Mike Geotzmann’s 53-second fall over Sam Mabie at 152 pounds.
Two nights later, Cazenovia was back home at Buckley Gym to take on Whitesboro – and got overwhelmed at the start, though it did recover in the latter stages and salvaged some points against the Warriors in a 55-19 defeat.
From the time they opened at 138 pounds, Whitesboro was in top form, recording five consecutive pins before Travis Eberley (170) edged Nourse 4-3, by far the closest match in the early going.
Not until 195 did the Lakers get on the board, Brian Silfer doing the honors as he held off Travis Reid 3-2. Two matches later, in the heavyweight division, Lucas beat Joe Madonia by that same margin.