All of the work for the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt and Fayetteville-Manlius wrestling teams during the holiday school break concentrated into a pair of tournaments – one at SUNY-Oswego, the other at Canastota High School.
It started on Dec. 27-28 with the Kenneth Haines Memorial in Oswego, where CBA/J-D picked up 144 points to finish seventh in a 24-team field, while F-M gained 84 points and took 14th place. Fairport, with 215.5 points, edged Newark Valley (214 points) and Fulton (207 points) for the top spot.
Ben Honis led CBA/J-D as he won the 195-pound division. Honis pinned Aaron McEathon (Gouverneur) and Ben Klei (Victor) to reach the finals, and completed his romp through the field in the championship match when he pinned Camden’s Thad Casler with 25 seconds left in their match.
Mark Friske used a 5-1 decision over Cato-Meridian’s Nick Sharp to reach the 182-pound finals, but lost that title bout to Phoenix’s William Hilliard, who pinned him early in the third period.
Elsewhere for CBA/J-D, Matt Griffin won third place at 99 pounds when he shut out Fairport’ Jacob Bell 4-0 in the consolation bracket final. Matt Lauro did the same at 132 pounds, holding off another Fairport wrestler, James Aaro, 7-4 to finish third. Arsen Bagiryan finished sixth at 126 pounds.
Three different times, F-M wrestlers reached the finals. Paddy Quinlan did so at 132 pounds, pinning Aaro in the semifinals, only to suffer his own fall at the hands of Mexico’s Austin Whitney in the championship match as Whitney snared Most Outstanding Wrestler honors.
Tim Byrnes met particular frustration in the 170-pound division. After an 8-2 decision over Kyle Collins (Victor) and a 16-0 technical fall over Tim Gandino (Phoenix) in the semifinals, Byrnes and Mexico’s Jacob Woolson went to overtime in the title match tied, only to have Woolson’s takedown leave Byrnes on the wrong end of a 7-5 decision.