On the same Wednesday night, the Fayetteville-Manlius and CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt wrestling teams found themselves unable to keep up with powerful opposition.
For the Hornets, that meant going to Liverpool and taking a 44-27 defeat to the Warriors, while CBA/J-D, wrestling at home, could not topple Fulton and lost to the Red Raiders 36-31.
In F-M’s case, it was one week removed from a big Dec. 4 home win over Central Square that gave it firm control of the CNY Counties League American division.
Now it faced a Liverpool side that announced its status as a National division contender when it beat rival Cicero-North Syracuse on the same night as the Hornets’ win over the Red Hawks.
Where the Warriors would take control is at the extremes, where it won four of five matches in the lowest and highest weight classes, though two of them (at 113 and 120 pounds) were matches that F-M had to forfeit.
In the middle, though, the Hornets had its own 4-1 run, including three pins. Paddy Quinlan, at 152 pounds, needed 1:26 to finish off Anthony Richardson, while Jordan Nelipowitz stepped up at 132 pounds, pinning Devin Delia in 3:38.
Right after that, Luke Rufo (138 pounds) took 15 more seconds than Nelipowitz for his pin over Zach Curcie. Tristan Broddus, who followed Quinlan at 160 pounds, had to go all six minutes, but earned a tough 4-2 decision over Darren Breen.
Elsewhere, Will Khalil (106 pounds) won his own 4-2 match over Sean Nadeau, with Tim Byrnes blanking 195-pound opponent Mark Williamson 4-0. Chris Dobrzynski (182 pounds) had an 8-4 defeat to Louis Ragonese as Jake Okun, at 285 pounds, lost to David Carnie 6-2.
When CBA/J-D took on Fulton, it caught the Red Raiders fresh off its victory over a field of 21 others (including F-M) in the Dec. 7 Andersen Invitational at Cicero-North Syracuse.