With the decisive month of February at hand, the Marcellus and West Genesee wrestling teams ventured out to two separate venues last Saturday for the start of the Section III championship rounds.
Marcellus made its way to seventh place among 14 entrants in the sectional Class B meet at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, earning 97 points, though it was well off South Jefferson’s winning total of 260.5 points.
The Mustangs’ Jon Cavaretta earned the 220-pound championship, improving to 26-7 on the season. He pinned David Kiernan (Homer) in the quarterfinal and Jason Bond (Mexico) in just 1:08 in the semifinals before a title match where he took 2:49 to finish off Cortland’s Paul Turco.
Ben Hood, at 106 pounds, got to third place when he held off Seth Gilbert (Phoenix) 4-2 in the consolation bracket final. Zach Ruggles did the same at 113 pounds, winning a 9-7 classic over Kyle Snyder (South Jefferson) to finish third.
John Dunn (195 pounds) finished fourth, while Sam Rice beat Dane George (Cortland) 6-1 for fifth place at 106 pounds. Nate Long (132 pounds) and Kevin Morrissey (160 pounds) both had sixth-place efforts.
Going to Cicero-North Syracuse for the Class AA meet, the Wildcats picked up 96 points to get eighth place in a 10-team field. Baldwinsville, with 235 points, easily claimed the top spot.
Both Tyler Heggelke, at 120 pounds, and Connor Grome, at 132, made it to the championship round, only to get stopped in the finals.
Heggelke edged Blake Engebresten (Central Square) in a tense 3-2 semifinal, but could not keep up with B’ville’s Kevin Paul in the finals and took a 13-5 loss. Grome had a similar path, getting a tough 4-3 semifinal win over C-NS’s Joe Copani before Pat Quinlan (Fayetteville-Manlius) beat him 3-0 in the title match on the way to Most Outstanding Wrestler honors.