Baldwinsville Not too long ago, the notion of the Liverpool wrestling team even getting on close terms with Baldwinsville, much less beating them, was a fanciful notion.
But it’s no longer a fantasy. Instead, it’s a glorious reality that the Warriors created for itself by rallying from behind and stunning the Bees 34-31 Saturday to move into first place in the CNY Counties League.
Both sides entered the match with unbeaten league marks – Liverpool at 3-0, B’ville at 4-0. Since both were already entered in the Bees’ dual meet, they chose to make this their league match, since the original one on Jan. 7 was postponed due to winter weather.
Right from the start, it would prove close and exciting. At 126 pounds, Anthony Ianno lost a 7-6 decision to David Rush, and Mike Mills (132 pounds) answered by pinning Spencer Woods in 1:38.
B’ville appeared to take control by winning the next four bouts. At 138 pounds, Kevin Paul pinned Zach Curcie in 2:54. Connor Ross (145 pounds), who passed 100 career wins at this meet, took 1:15 to finish off Will Ronan, while Steve Petrelli (152 pounds) held off Brian Carr 4-3 and Chad McArdell (160 pounds) pinned Zach Kahtib 48 seconds into the third period.
Now down 24-6, Liverpool needed something good to happen, and it came in manners both expected and unexpected. Darren Breen (170 pounds) handled Devon Buyck 14-3, but what followed was stunning as Nate Knox, called up from the JV ranks, gave the Warriors three valuable points when he beat Alex Bowen 4-1.
When Gunnar Sutphen, at 195 pounds, blanked Mark Williamson 8-0 and Joe Nasoni (195 pounds) beat Ron Wilson 8-3 to make it 31-13 with five bouts left, Liverpool looked done, but then caught a break when the Bees did not have a wrestler at 285 pounds, leading to a forfeit to Alan Cary.