Liverpool headed back to the mats again last Friday and Saturday at SUNY-Oswego, competing in the Kenneth Haines Memorial Tournament alongside Cicero-North Syracuse.
And the Warriors would do quite well, rising to fifth place in the 24-team field with 147 points, while the Northstars, with 120 points, finished 10th. Fairport (215.5 points) edged Newark Valley (214 points) and Fulton (207 points) for top team honors.
Two Liverpool wrestlers nearly won their weight classes. Ashkar made it to the 113-pound final, only to take a tough 3-2 defeat to Victor’s Mike Venosa, and Wilson met the same fate at 220 pounds, falling to Oswego’s Jacob Rodriguez by that exact same 3-2 margin in their title bout.
Four other Warriors – Nash (120), Ianno (126), Breen (152) and David Carnie (285) – would have fourth-place finishes, Nash falling 1-0 to Fairport’s Chris Barker in his consolation bracket final as Breen fell to Jay Kisselstein (Mexico) 6-5, Ianno got a 3-1 defeat to Joey Bush (Gouverneur) and Carnie lost, 5-1, to Camden’s Ian Radell. Williamson was sixth at 195 pounds.
As for C-NS, Joe Copani got third place at 138, defeating Fulton’s Tim Holden 5-3 in the consolation bracket final as, at 170, Jerrett Norton pinned Hannibal’s Derek Hilton in 3:54 for his own third-place finish. Joe Barber (99) and Sam Ruiz (160) had fourth-place efforts, but none of the Northstars made it to the championship round.