Cazenovia’s wrestling team got back in the win column last Tuesday night, mostly relying on the presence of a full roster to get past Oneida 51-30 in its regular-season finale.
An old Tri-Valley league showdown was watered down a bit because the Indians did not have wrestlers in seven different weight classes, leading to a string of forfeits.
Mike Nourse (170 pounds), Hayden Polhamus (195 pounds), Logan Staiger (220 pounds), Jacob Wells (99 pounds), Will Shephard (106 pounds), Patrick Nourse (113 pounds) and Carter Biviano (120 pounds) all won without having to take the mat.
John Nannery did wrestle at 182 pounds, though, and needed just 1:02 to pin Oliver VanDyke. Two other bouts proved close, as Paul McGlaughlin, at 132 pounds, edged Skylar Thayer 2-1 and Alex Nannery (145 pounds) took a 6-4 defeat to Dustin Scribner.
Chittenango, meanwhile, returned to action Thursday night, at Hannibal, but did not have the same success as Cazenovia did, falling to the Warriors 51-33.
Mostly, the Bears suffered for having to forfeit four bouts, while Hannibal gave up three of them, to Matt Bixby in the 138-pound opener, plus to Antonio Cutrie (182 pounds) and Wyatt Blanding (132 pounds) at the end of the meet.
In between, Chittenango’s first mat win did not come until 195, when Justin Cox shut out Chris Knox 7-0. Casey Placito (220) followed with a pin over Zach Hartranft in the final seconds. Cooper Young (106) dropped a narrow 2-1 decision to Evan Salmonsen as Connor Fredericks won at 126 pounds, pinning Brandon Wolfe in 92 seconds.
The Bears are busy this week, too, hosting APW/Pulaski and going to Mexico before joining Cazenovia as they both head to Port Byron for this Saturday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty/Patriot division tournament, which starts at 10 a.m.