Claflin beat Matt Hirsch 10-2, with Griglock edging Alex Bailey 2-0 and Mastro pinning Jason Bond in 1:48. A forfeit to Anoceto and Barber’s 4-0 shutout of Austin O’Reilly made it five matches in a row.
Mexico rallied with wins in five of the next seven matches, including two forfeits and two pins, to put the final out of reach. Drew Dyer (113 pounds) still beat Mitch Shambo 12-4 and Copani edged Ben Blasier 3-2, but it was over by the time Nate Langstaff, at 152 pounds, closed the match with an 11-4 victory over Tim Raner.
In last Wednesday’s meet at Rome Free Academy, C-NS took over in the middle stages and roared past the Black Knights 57-27.
Not until the fifth match, at 132, did C-NS (who had not wrestled since a narrow Dec. 19 defeat to Central Square) get a mat victory, doing so when Copani pinned James Redpath midway through the second period.
But that started a trend of five Northstars victories in six matches. Rivera took eight fewer seconds than Copani to pin Tim Strouse, while Langstaff pinned 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 Claflin finished off Nathan Brown in 2:16.
To clinch it, C-NS claimed the last four matches. Prior to forfeits to Anoceto and Barber, Griglock beat Zach Thomason 8-3 as Jared West (220) pinned Ian Pisaneschi in 1:06.