B'ville wrestlers reach Dual Meet semifinals

Bees subdue Lowville, Indian River, fall to top seed

— Proving its elite status once more, the Baldwinsville wrestling team made it to the semifinal round at Saturday's Section III Dual Meet at Cicero-North Syracuse.

Starting with the no. 5 seed in a 16-team field, the Bees flattened Lowville 59-13 in the opening round and outlasted Indian River 45-38 in the quarterfinals before a 42-31 semifinal defeat to top seed South Jefferson.

As it worked out, B'ville ended up facing Frontier League opposition for the entire tournament, starting with Lowville, where the Bees would win all but three of the matches against the Red Raiders.

Brandon Schmid beat Bradley Curry 7-2 in the 126-pound opener as Vito Coloia (132 pounds) followed up with a 9-5 decision over Shawn Widrick.

Starting at 145 pounds, B'ville won six straight. Chad McArdell had a 53-second pin over Isaiah Boaz before Jake Norton (152 pounds) pinned Tyler Bray in the waning seconds. Steve Petrelli, at 160 pounds, blanked Jacob Curry 3-0 as Gunnar Sutphen (170 pounds) routed Mike Duffer 11-2 and Nick Balduzzi (182 pounds) cruised past A.J. Thomas 9-1.

From there, four Bees - Brian Honsinger (220 pounds), Kevin Lewis (99 pounds), David Rush (106 pounds) and Kevin Paul (120 pounds) - claimed forfeits, but Joe Nasoni (195 pounds) did wrestle, and took just 55 seconds to pin Roger Cecconi.

Then the Bees went after Indian River, but this would have more suspense, the meet still in doubt until Jeremy Pond (113 pounds) recorded a 38-second pin over Devin Thorton in the late going.

They swapped the first four matches, Connor Ross (138 pounds) taking just 38 seconds to pin Ben Callaghan before McArdell earned a crucial victory, moving up to 152 and holding off Dylan Crowder 5-3.

Norton, who moved up to 160, pinned Logan Running with just eight seconds left, but the Warriors countered with two wins of its own to take a 20-15 lead before Nasoni took a forfeit.

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