Bees are Class AA wrestling champions

Paul, Honsinger claim individual titles for B'ville

— Elements of a successful present and a glorious past were mixed together to create a memorable week for the Baldwinsville wrestling team.

It was the current Bees that earned the glory during Saturday’s Section III Class AA championship meet at Cicero-North Syracuse, where it put six wrestlers in the finals and, with 235 points, easily held off CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt (162.5 points) for the title, with the host Northstars third and Fayetteville-Manlius fourth.

Kevin Paul won the 120-pound title and improved to 35-4 on the season. After pulling away from Arsen Bagiryan (CBA/J-D) 10-3 in the semifinals, Paul dominated his title match with West Genesee's Tyler Heggelke, claiming a 13-5 decision.

Brian Honsinger, at 220 pounds, earned B'ville's other title. A last-second pin of Zach Shapiro (CBA/J-D) and a 9-2 win over Matt Mastro (C-NS) set up a final with Syracuse's Maurice Russell, who beat Honsinger's teammate, Jake Florack, 5-2 in the other semifinal. Gaining revenge for Florack's loss, Honsinger pinned Russell midway through the second period, at the 2:55 mark.

Three other Bees came within inches of titles. Joe Nasoni smashed through the 195-pound division with a pair of first-period pins until CBA/J-D's Ben Honis engaged him in a low-scoring final and pulled it out by a slim 3-2 margin.

It came down to a close 145-pound championship match where the Bees' Chad McArdell, who like Nasoni got first-period falls in both of his preliminary matches, met up with CBA/J-D's J.T. Romagnoli, and it was in doubt until the final seconds, when McArdell fell to Romagnoli 4-3.

Much the same happened to Luke Earle at 285 pounds. Earle pinned Jake Okun (F-M) in 1:10 and Cody Stone (Central Square) in 3:32 before a title match with C-NS's Andres Anoceto that swung both ways until Anoceto pulled it out, 7-6.

Connor Ross got to the 138-pound final with an impressive 15-6 semifinal win over C-NS's Jeremy Rivera, only to run into Jacob Norton (Fayetteville-Manlius, not related to the Bees' Jake Norton) and fall, 7-3, in the title match.

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