Bees are Class AA wrestling champions

Paul, Honsinger claim individual titles for B'ville

— Beyond all this was a string of high finishes from B'ville's wrestlers. David Rush (106 pounds) beat Chelsy Sanschagrin (Central Square) 14-0 for third place, with Gunnar Sutphen (170 pounds) taking third when he pinned F-M's Mark King just 37 seconds into the consolation bracket final.

Kevin Lewis (99 pounds) was fourth, with Steve Petrelli getting fourth place at 152 pounds and the Bees' Jake Norton fourth at 160 pounds.

Jeremy Pond (113 pounds) pinned Mike Linton (West Genesee) for a fifth-place finish, exactly where Brandon Schmid (126 pounds) finished after beating Max Edmon (Central Square) 9-1. Brian Rush was fifth at 145 behind McArdell.

All of these wrestlers qualified to appear this Saturday in the Section III Division I (large school) championship meet, starting at 10 a.m. at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena. Winners earn automatic berths in the Feb. 22-23 state meet in Albany.

Three nights earlier, a non-league meet created a real sense of nostalgia as B’ville took on Fulton, renewing a rivalry that burned hot in the 1970s and ‘80s, when both teams were in the same league and had many of the best wrestlers in Central New York.

This modern edition was fun, too, as the Bees topped the Red Raiders 37-28, the exciting tone set in the first match when Vito Caloia (132) took Fulton’s Tim Holden to overtime before losing in a 5-4 decision.

Right after, the Bees seized control with four straight wins. Ross pinned Brandon Hill in 3:15, with Brian Rush squeaking out a 1-0 verdict over Aaron Yablonski with a single escape. McArdell took 3:01 to pin Mike DeMauro as Jake Norton, at 160, blanked Sam Rios 9-0.

Another B’ville run started at 182, where Sutphen held off Ryan Hall 9-6. Honsinger, at 195, had his own close match with Derek Owen, but prevailed 6-4 before Nasoni, at 220, pinned Brian Marshall in just 43 seconds.

Having built a big lead, the Bees could afford to take defeats in five of the last six matches, with Paul the lone exception as he took 58 seconds to pin Nick Morrison. Jake Florack lost a close 285-pound decision to Brennan Roberge 4-2.

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