Chittenango, meanwhile, took a much shorter trip for the Class B sectional meet, to Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, and finished ninth in the 12-team field with 73 points, far off the winning total of 213 points that Central Valley Academy posted.
Two different Bears wrestlers finished third and advanced to the overall sectional meet. Justin Cox, who lost in the 210-pound semifinals, rebounded to take the consolation bracket win pins over Derick Powell (Phoenix) and Jesse Hendrick (Central Valley), while Casey Placito, at 285, followed a quarterfinal defeat with a 3-0 finish, pinning Nic Edmond (Cortland) in 1:47 in the third-place bout.
Will Young worked his way to fourth place at 138 pounds. Connor Fredericks pinned Phoenix’s Zach Carlson in 1:49 for fifth place at 126 pounds, with Tony Cutrie (182 pounds) also getting fifth place by pinning Cortland’s Dakoatah Miller in 59 seconds. Matt Bixby, at 132 pounds, finished sixth.
This followed the Bears’ meet last Thursday against the combined team from Altmar-Parish-Williamstown/Pulaski, which it won by a comfortable 51-26 margin.
After losing the first two bouts, Chittenango took five in a row, starting with Nick Harrington (170 pounds) pinning Ed Wallis in 3:49. Matt Theobald (182 pounds) took 3:30 to pin Cody Lambert, while Cutrie earned his pin over Hunter Hilton midway through the third period.
Cox (220 pounds) took a forfeit, as did Cooper Young (106 pounds). In between those events, though, Placito got a 31-second pin over Jacob Friot. Wyatt Blanding won a tight 126-pound bout over Nate Cronk 5-4, with Alex Ballinger (132 pounds) pinning Alex Lewis in 1:42 and Bixby taking six more seconds to finish off Kelton Lewis.