Against Homer, Dunn, Donovan (99) and Morrissey earned pins, with Hood getting a technical fall. Duger earned a crucial victory when he used an overtime takedown to beat the Trojans’ Zach Egan 6-4, this after Ruggles shut out Collin Baker 7-0.
Marcellus only got tripped up in the fourth match, a 39-30 defeat to Central Square that was close until the Red Hawks won four of the last five matches, with only Dunn breaking it up as he edged Cody Stone 5-2.
Both Ruggles and Morrissey earned technical falls, while Hood just missed one in his 15-2 romp over Dylan Wallace. Nick Distefano, at 132 pounds, shut out Zach Putnam 9-0, with Tierney taking out Nathan Rogers 10-5.
Finishing strong, the Mustangs beat host Chittenango 51-27, helped by five pins from Hood, Tierney, Morrissey, Czarniak and Nathan Lukins (152 pounds). Ruggles won a tough 6-3 match over Wyatt Blanding, with Duger falling to Matt Bixby 1-0 and Distefano absorbing a 5-4 loss to Connor Fredericks.
That result, plus the tough battle with Phoenix, toughened up the Mustangs, so when it went to the Fabius-Pompey Duals on Saturday, it was ready to take over.
Marcellus beat Homer, Onondaga/Tully and the hosts from Fabius-Pompey – and in the championship match against Liverpool, the Mustangs, winning the last five bouts, pulled out a dramatic 37-36 victory over the Warriors.
Liverpool had won four of the first five matches, with only Morrissey (170) breaking that string as he pinned Jalen Barron in 1:12. Dunn, at 285, edged David Carney 4-2, and Czarniak fought past Sean Nadeau 7-4, but with five matches to go, Marcellus trailed 36-12.
The rally began with Ruggles, at 126, rolling past Anthony Ianno 13-4. Then Distefano, needing six points, got them when he pinned Devin Delia with 14 seconds left, while Duger (138) didn’t wait as long, getting his pin over Shawn Gebo in 1:14 to make 36-28.
But even with Long stopping Brian Carr 11-4, the Mustangs trailed, 36-31, going into the final bout, needing a pin from Lukins at 152 –and he got it, earning the fall over Liverpool’s Anthony Richardson with just 14 seconds left in their match to help Marcellus win by one.