Cicero Neither the Cicero-North Syracuse nor Liverpool wrestling teams could make it out of the first round of Saturday’s Section III Dual Meet – but they both left quite an impression.
In the Northstars’ case, it pushed no. 3 seed Fulton all the way to the wire in a 35-32 first-round classic, while the Warriors, lined up against no. 4 seed and defending champion South Jeffesron, also made great inroads, even though it fell to the Spartans 39-27.
C-NS got started right against Fulton when Sam Ruiz, at 152 pounds, pinned Aaron Yablonski midway through the second period. Two bouts later, Jerrett Norton (170 pounds) pinned James Bailey early in the third period. In between, Tom Peterson (160 pounds) lost, 7-3, to Travis Race.
Forced to forfeit a pair of bouts, the Nothstars trailed, 15-12, when Jared West (220 pounds) took Matt Marshall to the wire in a 5-4 defeat, and Andres Anoceto (285 pounds) trailed Malachi Manford before pulling out a third-period fall with 33 seconds left.
Every time Fulton won, C-NS answered, as Joe Barber (106 pounds) just missed a technical fall, but routed Tabor Freeman 18-5 as Joe Mayers (113 pounds) stopped Kevin Tucker 8-4.
Drew Dyer, at 126 pounds, handled Mitch Labeef 12-1, and when Joe Copani stopped 138-pound opponent Tim Holden 8-5, they were tied, 32-32, with one bout left. And Robert Rein was resilient in the 145-pound finale, only to suffer a 6-3 defeat to Collin Flynn.
But C-NS expended Fulton’s energy, and the Red Raiders went on to lose to Camden 44-24 in the quarterfinals, while the Northstars dropped a 60-22 consolation match to Adirondack despite mat wins from Barber, Copani and Ray Sorenson (99 pounds).
Liverpool, meanwhile, went up against South Jefferson, the 2013 Dual Meet champions, and led with four bouts to go before the Spartans’ late charge made the difference.