Baldwinsville As it worked out, the combined CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt wrestling team would join Fayetteville-Manlius as they ventured to Baldwinsville for Saturday’s Section III Class AA championship meet.
Not only did CBA/J-D contend and finish fourth in the team standings, with 179.5 points, but Matt Lauro would earn Most Outstanding Wrestler honors after his victory in the 132-pound division over the MOW of the 2013 sectional AA meet, F-M’s Pat Quinlan.
Lauro had beaten Naseem Fielder (Institute of Technology Central) in a 17-2 technical fall and Mike Mills (Liverpool) 10-5 to reach the finals. Quinlan, the Hornets’ all-time leader in wins, added two more to that total with a pin over Spencer Woods (B’ville) and a 19-4 technical fall over Odae Badwan (West Genesee) in the semifinals.
Then Lauro and Quinlan squared off in the finals, trading points and rallies for six exciting minutes, but it was Lauro hanging on for a 10-9 decision and setting up a juicy rematch this Saturday in the overall sectional Division I (large school) championships at SRC Arena. Dustin Harris will be there, too, for CBA/J-D after finishing fifth behind Lauro and Quinlan.
In the team event, CBA/J-D was right behind Liverpool, who was third with 184 points, as F-M was fifth with 126 points. At the top, it went right to the wire, but B’ville won for the third year in a row, edging Cicero-North Syracuse by a single point, 197.5-196.5.
To contend, CBA/J-D needed lots great efforts, too, including victories from Lauro, Ben Honis (195 pounds) and Matt Griffin (99 pounds). Honis, who is 26-1 this season, never had to go beyond the first period, pinning Alex Bowen (B’ville) in 1:37 and doing the same to beat F-M’s Chris Bortel in 1:51 in the title match after Bortel edged Mark Williamson (Liverpool) 3-2 in the semifinals.