Though it could handle the other entrants in the CNY Counties League National division, the Cicero-North Syracuse wrestling team could not budge the red-clad rulers at the top.
The Northstars lost, 51-18, to Baldwinsville in last Wednesday night’s first-place showdown, only able to take four of the 13 contested matches.
They started at 220 pounds, where Brian Honsinger quickly built a lead on Jared West and, 47 seconds into the third period turned over West for a pin and a lead B'ville would not relinquish all night.
A 285-pound thriller saw Jake Florack and Andres Anoceto go to the third period 0-0, but then trade points until, at 3-3, Florack managed a last-second escape and takedown to win a 6-3 decision.
Ray Sorenson put C-NS on the board at 99 pounds, pinning Kevin Lewis in just 1:27, the fastest fall of the entire meet. Two close matches followed, as Joe Barber (106 pounds) fell to David Rush 4-2 and Joe Mayers (113 pounds) gave the Northstars a 7-3 win over Jeremy Pond.
The highly-anticipated 120-pound match between Drew Dyer and B’ville’s Kevin Paul and C-NS's nearly ended with a first-period pin for Dyer, but he held on and lasted all six minutes in a 9-1 defeat. Brandon Burnham (126 pounds) lost to Brandon Schmid (126 pounds) in a technical fall before Joe Copani, at 132 pounds, claimed a forfeit.
C-NS's last win came at 138 pounds, where Jeremy Rivera held off Connor Ross 8-5 to make the score 21-18. After that, the Bees took over.
Chad McArdell, at 145 pounds, pinned Robert Rein in 3:23. In a 152-pound thriller, Nate Langstaff nearly came back from a four-point deficit, but fell to Brian Rush 7-6, with Sam Ruiz (160 pounds) suffering the same close call as he lot to Jake Norton 6-5.