Both the Fayetteville-Manlius and Jamesville-DeWitt/CBA wrestling teams had reasons to feel quite proud at the end of Saturday’s Section III Class AA championship meet at Cicero-North Syracuse.
On the Hornets’ side, it was seeing Pat Quinlan earn Most Outstanding Wrestler honors for his run to the 132-pound title. And CBA/J-D had to feel good about gaining second place in a 10-team field with 163.5 points, trailing only Baldwinsville (235 points) as F-M, with 151 points, finished fourth.
Quinlan began his push by beating CBA/J-D’s Matt Lauro 6-1 in the semifinals. Then, in the title match against West Genesee’s Connor Grome, Quinlan never let Grome into the fight and prevailed in a 3-0 shutout.
Though he wasn’t the MOW, Tom Quinlan matched his brother’s first-place effort at 152 pounds, pinning Matt Calascibetta (West Genesee) in 1:02 before overcoming Rome Free Academy’s Josh Knapp in a tough 3-1 final.
Also, Jacob Norton gave F-M a victory at 138 pounds. A top seed, Norton beat Mupenzi Kubera (Syracuse) 9-2 and Jon Stefano (West Genesee) 10-2 to get to the finals, where he turned back B’ville’s Connor Ross in a 7-3 decision.
Four other championships went to CBA/J-D wrestlers, including J.T. Romagnoli at 145 pounds, where he emerged from a tough final against B’ville’s Chad McArdell with a 5-4 decision.
In much the same manner, Ben Honis won the 195-pound championship when he turned back, arguably, B’ville’s best wrestler, Joe Nasoni, by a slim 4-3 margin. Kaalar Wynn fended off Syracuse’s Kadire Flowers 7-5 for the 182-pound title as Mark Friske, at 170 pounds, took a 9-4 victory over Central Square’s Spencer Norton in the title round.
CBA/J-D’s Cole Murphy (113 pounds) beat Liverpool’s Pete Nash by default for third place, where Lauro ended up after his defeat to Pat Quinlan, while Arsen Bagiryan was fifth at 120 pounds, the same as Lucas Rowe (138 pounds), Zach Shapiro (220 pounds) and Andrew Zimble (285 pounds).