Cazenovia No matter what it had done before hosting its own invitational meet on Saturday, the Cazenovia wrestling team knew that competing at home, in Buckley Gym, would provide some motivation.
As it turned out, it was enough to push the Lakers all the way to fifth place in a 16-team field with 132 points. At the top, Baldwinsville won it, finishing just half a point ahead of Cicero-North Syracuse, the Bees getting 172.5 points to the Northstars’ 172 points.
Mike Nourse gave Cazenovia its lone victory at 170 pounds. Nourse, with a bye straight into the semifinals, won that match over Pete Zhobolov (West Genesee) 8-0, and then got past C-NS’s Tom Peterson 9-3 in the championship round.
Dan Phillips, wrestling at 195 pounds, used pins over Nick Buehler (Port Byron) and Dan Appley (Herkimer) to get to the final against B’ville’s Joe Nasoni, only to lose that match when Nasoni pinned him late in the first period. Jacob Wells got a third-place finish at 99 pounds.
Brad Lucas finished fourth at 285 pounds, while Zack Maxwell gained fourth place at 113 pounds and Will Shephard was fourth at 106 pounds. Hayden Polhamus (182 pounds) lost in the semifinals, but pinned Nick Kinney (Homer) for fifth place. Carter Biviano did the same at 120 pounds, beating Jacob Cline (Homer) with a fall at 2:44 to finish fifth. Mike Marshall was sixth at 160 pounds.
As for Chittenango, who was eighth with 82.5 points, Alex Miller (120) beat West Genesee’s Mike Linton 5-0 for third place, with Tony Cutrie getting third at 182 after beating Victor Halverson (Sandy Creek) 5-1 in the consolation bracket final.
Wyatt Blanding (126 pounds) pinned Onondaga’s Dylan Stellmack in 2:15 to take fifth place, with Matt Bixby fifth at 132 in a 1-0 decision over Fabius-Pompey’s Bill Heselden. Casey Placito (220 pounds) was fifth after Oxford’s Garyn Huntley defaulted.