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Chittenango wrestlers nearly win at Walton

Caz struggles at Dixon meet; Bears 10th in Canastota tourney

A week later, on Dec. 27-28, Cazenovia wrestled at the Brett Dixon Memorial Duals at Central Square, winning just one of seven matches over the course of two days as Brad Lucas was named the team’s Most Outstanding Wrestler for the meet.

The Lakers’ lone win came in a 51-13 romp over West Genesee. But it lost close decisions to New Hartford (48-36) and Holland Patent (45-39) early in the meet and, after stopping the Wildcats, fell to host Central Square 46-34, followed by defeats to Cortland (54-18), Port Byron/Union Springs (58-30) and Penfield (58-21), the eventual meet champion.

Chittenango returned to action last Saturday at the Fallen Heroes (formerly Richard New) Tournament at Canastota, where it finished 10th in the 18-team field with 91 points. Camden, with 241 points, won the team title, with Fulton (195.5 points) in second place.

Young finished third at 138, dropping a close 6-5 decision to Gouverneur’s Zach Ayen in the semifinals, but gaining a forfeit over Tim Holden (Fulton) in the consolation bracket final. Placito got fourth place at 220, the Bears’ only other top-four finisher.

As that went on, Cazenovia rose to sixth place amid a 17-team field at the Port Byron Invitaitonal, earning 129.5 points as North Rose-Wolcott (187.5 points) took the top spot.

Dan Phillips won at 195, beating Nick Buhler (Port Byron) 13-3 in the semifinals before a title match where he pinned NR-W’s Skyler Tuper in just 1:22. Then Brad Lucas took the 285-pound championship, edging Alex Gonzalez (Geneva) 5-3 in the finals after a semifinal pin over Duane Diggs (Auburn) in 1:21.

Elsewhere, Will Shepherd made it to the 106-pound final, only to take a 7-1 defeat to Mynderse Academy’s Francis Leddy. Brian Silfer beat Brandon Malone (Auburn) by default to finish third at 182 pounds. Zack Maxwell finished fourth at 113 pounds, with Paul McLaughlin getting to fourth place at 132 pounds.

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