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Lauro named top wrestler at Class AA meet

CBA/J-D fourth, F-M fifth as both sides earn wins

— As for Griffin, he pinned F-M’s Ben Nosovitch in 23 seconds to reach the finals against Cicero-North Syracuse’s Ray Sorenson, where he gained another pin, in 1:42, to earn the top spot. Nosovitch settled for fifth place.

F-M’s pair of wins came from Tristan Broddus (145 pounds) and Tim Byrnes (170 pounds). Broddus beat CBA/J-D’s Lucas Rowe 13-3 in the semifinals and, as Rowe went on to finish fourth, Broddus handled B’ville’s Connor Ross 11-5 in the title bout.

Byrnes had a bye until the semifinals, where he dominated CBA/J-D’s George Kassis, 16-2, moving on to a title bout where he pinned West Genesee’s Pete Zholobov with 27 seconds left in the third period. Kassis edged ITC’s Bernard McMillian 6-4 for third place.

In a wild 126-pound division, Arsen Bagiryan beat Anthony Ianno (Liverpool) 3-0 to reach the finals, but lost a close 4-2 decision to West Genesee’s Tyler Heggelke. Bagiryan’s teammate, Cole Murphy, lost to Heggelke in the semifinals, but recovered to edge Ianno 3-2 to finish third as F-M’s Jack Kinsella beat ITC’s Keisean Howard 10-2 for fifth place.

Mark Friske had first-period pins over two Auburn wrestlers, Julian Bernard and Brandon Malone, to reach the 182-pound final, only to have B’ville’s Gunnar Sutphen beat him with a second-period pin. David Sayre, at 220 pounds, finished fourth, while Andrew Zimball (285 pounds) was sixth.

Luke Rufo gave F-M a third-place finish at 138 pounds when he beat CBA/J-D’s Jake Wright 6-1 in the consolation bracket final. Also for F-M, Will Khallil gained fourth place at 106 pounds. Joe Falcone (113 pounds) finished sixth, as did Kyle Elander (160 pounds).

As a strong warm-up for the post-season slate, CBA/J-D took on visiting Adirondack last Tuesday night and led until the latter stages, when the Wildcats won the last four bouts to prevail 41-32.

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