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Skaneateles wrestlers win home dual meet

Lakers claim tough final over Auburn, 42-29

Skaneateles 126-pound wrestler Matt Goetzmann earns a third-period pin over Cato-Meridian’s Dakota Green in last Thursday’s meet. The Lakers went on to defeat the Blue Devils 57-18 and then win its own dual meet two days later, stopping Auburn 42-29 in the championship round.

Skaneateles 126-pound wrestler Matt Goetzmann earns a third-period pin over Cato-Meridian’s Dakota Green in last Thursday’s meet. The Lakers went on to defeat the Blue Devils 57-18 and then win its own dual meet two days later, stopping Auburn 42-29 in the championship round. Caroline Lombardi

— For its last home outing of the 2013-14 season, the Skaneateles wrestling team welcomed four opponents to its dual meet on Saturday – and managed to beat them all, improving its regular-season mark to 18-3 in the process.

The effort went beyond the mats, too. All proceeds from the tournament, which added up to more than $1,000, benefited the “More Than A Game” Foundation that helps research at Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital.

As to the wrestling itself, Skaneateles opened against Mynderse Academy, from Seneca Falls, and prevailed 60-20. A 69-7 rout of Oneida followed, and the Lakers made it three-for-three by rolling past the Cato-Meridian Blue Devils 64-15.

This set up the final between the Lakers and its neighbors from Auburn, also with a 3-0 mark. Fired up to wrestle in front of a home crowd, Skaneateles won it, battling past the Maroons 42-29.

In the 126-pound opener, Matt Goetzmann lost a technical fall to Brian Gomez and, after a forfeit to Josh Brillo (132 pounds), Maverick Janes dropped his 138-pound bout to Auburn’s Jeff Thurston in a 7-5 thriller.

At 145 pounds, Mike Goetzmann fought past Chase Van Duyne 3-1. Andrew Newton (152 pounds) followed with a second-period pin over Aiden Rubeck before Francis Lombardi, at 160 pounds, dropped a 10-8 decision to Trent Valentino.

Skaneateles stretched its lead to 18-11 when Pat Greenfield (171 pounds) edged Ed Pickard 6-5, but Auburn closed back to one, 18-17, when Brandon Malone pinned Joey McIntyre.

Needing a cushion, the Lakers got it from Connor Gray (195 pounds) and Cooper Pitman (220 pounds), as Gray pinned John Leone 23 seconds into the third period and Pitman took six fewer seconds to pin Corey Swan.

That made it 30-17, and after a trade of forfeits, and Nevan Rourke, at 106 pounds, lost to Austin Duger 8-3, which made it 36-26. Any Maroons chance ended, though, when Joey Brillo (113 pounds) pinned Brady Parry in 3:30 in the penultimate match before Max Collier lost the 120-pound finale to Jack Hogan 4-0.

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