Nothing else was as close, though, as Jake Claflin (170 pounds) and David Griglock (182 pounds) both lost through pins, and C-NS forfeited the last match at 195 pounds to B’ville’s Joe Nasoni.
Oddly enough, C-NS and B’ville were in the same gym again on Saturday – only this time it was part of a larger field for the Cazenovia Invitational.
And the Northstars did well, picking up 154 points to edge the host Cazenovia Lakers (152.5 points) for second place in the 16-team field – only behind B’ville, who prevailed with 182.5 points.
Four different times, C-NS wrestlers reached the championship round, but none of them won. Barber (99) took a 5-1 defeat to Adirondack’s Derek Spann in his title match, while Mayers, moving down to 106, ran into another Adirondack star, Ryan O’Rourke in the finals and lost a 6-1 decision.
In yet another 6-1 decision, Copani dropped the 132-pound final to West Genesee’s Connor Grome. Anoceto made his way to the championship match at 285 with a 30-second semifinal pin over Zach Akey (Sandy Creek), but lost 7-3 to Brad Lucas (Cazenovia).
Dyer did get to third place at 113, blanking another Cazenovia wrestler, Carter Biviano, 8-0 in the consolation bracket final. Langstaff, with a 7-2 decision over Chris Wein (Cato-Meridian), gained third place at 145.
West took fourth place at 220 after two more defeats to Honsinger, the latter of them a 6-3 consolation-bracket decision. Griglock pinned Port Byron’s Nick Buehler for fifth place at 182 as Rivera finished sixth at 138.
C-NS will serve as hosts for Saturday’s Section III Dual Meet, a gathering of 16 of the best teams in Central New York in a single-elimination tournament. Phoenix, who beat Fulton 33-32 in last year’s title match, looks to defend the title against challengers like South Jefferson and General Brown.