Now it was time for the Cazenovia and Chittenango wrestling teams to pursue Section III titles, and they would do so in two separate venues.
For the Lakers, it meant traveling to General Brown, in Dexter, for Saturday's Class C sectional meet, and with Brad Lucas going to the top spot at 285 pounds, Cazenovia rose to fifth place in the 13-team field.
All told, Cazenovia gained 124.5 points, a half-point behind fourth-place Canastota (125 points) as Adirondack, with 204 points, edged South Jefferson (203.5 points) by that same half points for the team championship.
Lucas began his run by pinning Isaiah Mann (Onondaga) in 1:40, and then survived a tough semifinal with Adirondack’s Kierstan Armstrong, 4-2. Then, in the title match, Lucas and Canastota’s Jacob Morris went to the wire, but Lucas held on to win a 3-2 decision.
Two other Lakers, Will Shephard (106 pounds) and Mike Nourse (170 pounds), made it to the finals. Shephard blanked Alex Wilcox (General Brown) 13-0 and pinned Stone Lutz (Adirondack) in 325 to reach the title bout, only to fall to Herkimer’s T.J. Philpotts 6-1.
As for Nourse, he got a 54-second pin over Pat Greenfield (Skaneateles) before a memorable semifinal against his own teammate, John Nannery, that went back and forth before Nourse pulled it out 15-13. That took something out of Nourse, for in the final against Hannibal’s Derek Hilton, he did not register a point and lost a 4-0 decision.
Nannery went on to finish fourth at 170, falling in the consolation bracket final to Marc Grogan (Holland Patent) 7-6. Still, he and Hayden Polhamus, the fourth-place finisher at 195 pounds, earned automatic berths in this Saturday’s Section III Division II championships at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena, joining Lucas, Shephard and Nourse.
Elsewhere, Brian Silfer earned fifth place at 182 pounds, pinning Holland Patent’s Matt Williams in 54 seconds for that spot, while Dan Phillips claimed sixth place at 195 pounds.