Given newfound momentum by its win over rival Liverpool in the Akley Memorial Duals at Oswego on Jan. 4, the Cicero-North Syracuse wrestling team didn’t waste it.
The Northstars made the short trip to Central Square last Wednesday night, and by winning six of the first eight matches, it built an insurmountable lead and went on to defeat the Red Hawks 42-30.
After Anthony Carella lost the 170-pound opener to Phoenix Webb 8-6, Tom Peterson, at 182 pounds, got C-NS on the board by pinning Tyler Seaone in just 60 seconds.
Mark Cummings (195 pounds) followed up by pinning Mack West at the end of the second period, while Andres Ancoeto lost a 220-pound decision to Elijah Sampo 4-0, but that proved a temporary disruption.
Jared West, at 285 pounds, began the decisive move by pinning Cody Stone in 1:54. Moving to 99 pounds, Ray Sorenson earned his fall over Cody White in 3:06, with Joe Barber (106 pounds) rolling past Jacob Garrow 16-3 and Joe Mayers (113 pounds) taking 1:36 to finish off Devin Smith.
Central Square would attempt to make a comeback, winning five of the next six bouts, including Jacob Hall (120 pounds) suffering his own 4-0 defeat to Dylan Wallace. But Joe Copani, at 138 pounds, clinched it with an 11-2 romp over Ben Mayers before Sam Ruiz (160 pounds) topped Isaac Havens 10-2. Robert Rein, at 152 pounds, lost 7-2 to Max Emond.
From there, C-NS went to Saturday’s Cazenovia Invitational, and nearly won it. With 172 points, the Northstars topped everyone in the 16-team field except Baldwinsville, who won with 172.5 points.
C-NS won more weight classes (four, to B’ville’s three), and each of them put six wrestlers into the finals. Where B’ville pulled it out was having a bit more success in the lower placements.