It started and ended with pins, as Jerrett Norton, opening at 182, took 1:27 to get his fall over Brendan Malone, and Sam Ruiz (170) gained his own pin to end the night.
In between, Jared West, wrestling at 285, needed just 65 seconds to finish off Duane Diggs, with Joe Barber pinning his 113-pount opponent, Brady Parry, in 1:39. Joe Copani didn’t get a fall at 138, but he did shut out Jeff Thurston 6-0.
Two days later, the Northstars had its meet with Rome Free Academy postponed by winter snows, but Liverpool did get to wrestle on Saturday in the Falcon Duals at Fabius-Pompey, missing out on the team title by a single point.
The Warriors beat host Fabius-Pompey 44-12, routed Onondaga 72-18 and rolled past Homer 63-17, which made the meet against Marcellus the decisive one.
And for 10 matches, all went well. Breen got a pin in the opening bout at 160, as did Ragonese at 182. Williamson shut out Dakota Riggelman 10-0 and, after Carnie lost a tight 4-2 match to John Dunn, Nash beat Riley Donovan 6-1 and Ashkar got a 17-2 technical fall over Sam Rice.
When Nash, at 120, pinned Ben Hood late in the third period, Liverpool led 36-12 with five matches left. But Marcellus would storm back, getting two pins and two decisions to make it 36-31 with one match to go.
All that Richardson had to do in the 152-pound finale was avoid a pin, but Marcellus’ Nathan Lukins managed to earn a fall with just 14 seconds left, giving the Mustangs the full six points and the win in the match – and the dual meet.
Liverpool takes on Central Square Thursday night, a night after C-NS visits West Genesee. On Saturday, the Warriors wrestle in the Phoenix Round Robin Tournament where the host Firebirds, plus Central Square, F-M and Baldwinsville, make up a strong field, while the Northstars go to Gouverneur for the North Country Invitational, facing the likes of Mexico, Indian River and General Bronw.