In the 220-pound opener, Ben Honis pinned Matt Marshall in 2:51, and two matches later, at 99 pounds, Matt Griffin edged Nick Noel 6-3, this after Ramy Guindy (285) lost to Malachi Manford by that same margin.
But the Red Raiders took control by winning the next five matches, from 106 to 132 pounds. That included two pins and three decisions, the closest coming at 132 when CBA/J-D’s Dustin Harris took an 11-6 defeat to Jonathan Earl.
Matt Lauro (138) broke the Red Raiders’ streak as he handled Tim Holden 19-9, but Fulton clinched matters by winning three of the next four matches, only breaking up when Tucker Benedict (160) pinned Victor Ruenare in 3:40. Though beaten, CBA/J-D did close strong as Mark Friske (182) claimed a forfeit and David Sayre (195) took just 1:22 to pin Noah Gates.
A night earlier, East Syracuse-Minoa lost, 51-24, to Cato-Meridian, but put up its largest point total of the season, and it would get 18 points in Saturday’s Herkimer Invitational, where CBA/J-D rose to third place with 138.5 points, topped only by Mexico (204.5 points) and Camden (196 points) in the 15-team field.
Honis won at 195 pounds, pinning Chittenango’s Justin Cox in 22 seconds in the semifinals before he took just 1:38 to pin Camden’s Thea Casler in the championship match.
Lauro got to the 138-pound final with a second-period technical fall over Oneida’s A.J. Vargas, but lost in the title match to Mexico’s Austin Whitney 9-3. Griffin got third place at 99 pounds when he beat Parker Talbot (Vernon-Verona-Sherrill) 9-0 in the consolation bracket final. Friske (182), Ramy Guindy (285 pounds) and Arsen Bagiryan (126 pounds) each had third-place efforts.