Before hitting the holiday break, Chittenango nearly won the Cuneen Doane Tournament on Dec. 21 at Walton High School, earning 202 points to finish second in a 14-team field, just behind Homer, who prevailed with 203.5 points.
Antonio Cutrie snared Most Outstanding Wrestler honors for the Bears with his victory in the 182-pound division.
To get that honor, Cutrie pinned Mark Currie (Homer) in the quarterfinals in 1:05 and took a bit longer – 1:15, to be exact – to pin Kevin Morgans (Eldred-Fallsburg-Liberty) in the semifinals before taking just 59 seconds to finish off Chenango Valley’s Reed Grunder in the championship match.
Cutrie was one of three Chittenango champions on the day. At 132 pounds, Matt Bixby prevailed, pinning Ian Kilmer (Walton) in the third period of their quarterfinal match, and handling E-F-L’s Noah Curreri 10-1 in the semifinals to get to the title bout, where Bixby beat Whitney Point’s Trevor Glazen in a 6-1 decision.
Meanwhile, at 170 pounds Nick Harrington beat the field. After a pin of Matt Doherty (Monticello) in 55 seconds and needed a third-period fall over Joe Puccio to reach the finals, where in just 1:38 Harrington pinned Monticello’s Travis Kelly.
Two other times, the Bears lost in the championship round. Will Young (138 pounds) blanked Tyler Frear (Windsor) in a 15-0 technical fall in the semifinal but settled for second place after Whitney Point’s Nathaniel Grubman pinned him in the title bout.
At 220 pounds, Casey Placito got a 90-second semifinal pin of Homer’s Jeremiah Bush, but ran into Delhi’s Brian Ingram in the final and, like Young, suffered a championship-match fall to end up in second place.
Cooper Young (106 pounds) edged Monticello’s Patrick Owens 3-2 for third place, while Connor Fredericks (132 pounds) and Justin Cox (195 pounds) both had fourth-place efforts. Erik Ellefson was sixth at 152 pounds, a finish that Matt Theobald matched at 170 pounds.