Nothing less than CNY Counties League supremacy is on the line next Wednesday night when the Cicero-North Syracuse wrestling team takes on Baldwinsville.
Before all that, though, the Northstars had some preliminaries to tend to. And that included last Wednesday’s meet at Rome Free Academy, where it took over in the middle stages and roared past the Black Knights 57-27.
Not until the fifth match, at 132 pounds, did C-NS (who had not wrestled since a narrow Dec. 19 defeat to Central Square) get a mat victory, doing so when Joe Copani pinned James Redpath midway through the second period.
But that started a trend of five Northstars victories in six matches. Jeremy Rivera (138 pounds) took eight fewer seconds than Copani to pin Tim Strouse, while Nate Langstaff (145 pounds) worked quicker, pinning Chase Eichorn in 2:31.
At 160 pounds, Sam Ruiz earned a 37-second pin over Aaron Intericola, and C-NS’s fifth pin came when Jake Claflin (170 pounds) finished off Nathan Brown in 2:16.
To clinch it, C-NS claimed the last four matches. Prior to forfeits to Andres Anoceto (285 pounds) and Joe Barber (99 pounds), David Griglock, working at 195 pounds, beat Zach Thomason 8-3 as Jared West (220 pounds) pinned Ian Pisaneschi in 1:06.