Cicero For the most part, the Baldwinsville wrestling team is good enough for an annual appearance at the Section III Dual Meet.
And so the Bees were there again, at Cicero-North Syracuse's gymnasium on Saturday afternoon, making a spirited run to the quarterfinals before Central Valley Academy ended the hopes for a championship.
In all, 16 teams make it to the Dual meet. B'ville, unseeded, drew Canastota in the opening round, and made quick work of it, easily defeating the Raiders 53-23.
Glad to see that the match opened at 152 pounds, the Bees turned to Chad McArdell, who pinned Jacob Sherman at the end of the first period, and Steve Petrelli (160 pounds) followed with a tough 9-7 decision over Doug Simmons.
They skipped over the next two weight classes, resuming at 195 pounds, where Josh Stanton pinned Richard Sharpe 30 seconds into the third period, and Joe Nasoni (220 pounds) would make it 21-0 when he pinned Owen Albanese in just 1:06.
Canastota won the next two bouts to get on the board, but the Bees quickly answered at 106 pounds with yet another fall, Tyler Patrick taking 3:48 to finish off Matt Hood. Josh Peck earned the Bees' first decision at 113 pounds, defeating Marshall Bruggeman.
Clinching the meet, Jeremy Pond, at 113 pounds, took just 1:13 to pin Jon Cox, and the Bees' final points were earned at 138 pounds, where Kevin Paul took just one period to get a technical fall over Ben Marshall.
This put the Bees into the quarterfinals against Central Valley, the no. 2 seed, who had handled Adirondack 46-25 in the opening round. The Thunder had also won B'ville's own dual meet a week earlier, on Jan. 18, though the two sides didn't meet head-to-head on that occasion.
Now starting at 160, McArdell moved up and pinned CVA's Noah Callaghan midway through the second period, but Devon Buyck (170 pounds) lost a 6-0 decision to Nate Case.