Baldwinsville When they went to last Saturday’s Section III Class AA championship meet at Baldwinsville, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse wrestling teams had various motivations.
The Warriors were eager to prevent host B’ville from a third consecutive sectional title and were confident it could pull it off, having prevailed 34-31 over the Bees at a dual meet in that same Baker High School Gym on Jan. 18 to finish on top of the CNY Counties League National division standings.
For the Northstars, accustomed to hosting the AA meet, it wanted to prove that it could flourish in a different venue, having finished third as the host team a season ago.
C-NS, as it turned out, got a whole lot closer to its goals.
In fact, when the scores were added up, the Northstars had 196.5 points, beating the Warriors’ total of 184 points, but falling just short of the big prize as B’ville, with 197.5 points, edged C-NS by a single point to get that third straight sectional championship.
Jerrett Norton, at 160 pounds, and Jared West, at 285 pounds, won their respective weight classes for the Northstars, with Norton having to go through his own teammate, Tom Peterson, to prevail.
Norton pinned B’ville’s Thor Sutphen in 45 seconds and took just 37 seconds to pin Kyle Elander (Fayetteville-Manlius) in the semifinals, leading to a title bout where he Peterson 8-3. To reach the final, Peterson had pinned Shayne Middleton (West Genesee) in 53 seconds and Brian Stapleton (Rome Free Academy) in 1:39.
West had a bye straight into the semifinals, where he pinned Qwamevettique Pettiford (Institute of Technology Central) in 59 seconds as Liverpool’s David Carnie beat Zach Valerino (West Genesee) 12-4. The final was closer, but West took control and defeated Carnie 6-1.
Like C-NS, Liverpool also had a pair of champions. Darren Breen had to beat C-NS’s Sam Ruiz 8-2 to reach the 152-pound final against B’ville’s Chad McArdell, and it turned into a classic, neither one getting away, but Breen doing just enough to earn an 8-7 decision over McArdell.