Once again, Cicero-North Syracuse served as the host venue for one of the biggest high school wrestling events of the winter.
That would be the Section III Dual Meet, Saturday's gathering of 16 of the best sides in Central New York. And the Northstars, who lost to Sandy Creek in the opening round a year ago, were back in the field again, this time drawn to face top seed South Jefferson.
The Spartans would prove too much, beating C-NS 51-23 as it claimed three of the first four matches and would never trail.
Joe Copani, at 132 pounds, found some early success, claiming an 8-3 decision over Jon Crast, while Anthony Carella (152 pounds) earned a second-period pin over Jayson Kellogg.
From there, South Jefferson won the next four matches, C-NS only getting points through forfeits to Matt Mastro (220 pounds) and Andres Anoceto (285 pounds) until Drew Dyer, late in the meet, got a 13-7 victory over 113-pound opponent Kyle Snyder.
Backing up that top seed, South Jefferson would go on to win the Dual Meet championship, routing Cazenovia 58-22 in the quarterfinals, holding off Baldwinsville 43-31 in the semifinals and, in the title match, taking out no. 3 seed General Brown 45-19.
Meanwhile, C-NS had a consolation match against Adirondack and lost, 48-36, the Wildcats clinching it with three straight late victories before Dyer pinned Devin Banks in 1:34 to close things out.
Earlier, Copani had pinned Jared Johnson in 3:07, with Robert Rein (145 pounds) getting a 19-4 technical fall over Dulton Griffith. Adirondack followed with four wins in the next five matches, Jake Claflin (170 pounds) interrupting to earn a last-second fall over James Lamm.
Mastro and Anoceto did wrestle this time, as Mastro edged Tyler DeLaura 3-1 and Anoceto got a third-period pin over Kierstan Armstrong before the decisive closing matches, where the Wildcats got two pins and a 6-0 shutout by Ryan O’Rourke over Joe Mayers.