C-NS’s Barber wrestles at state championships

Northstars junior goes 1-2 at 106 pounds in first appearance

— Cicero-North Syracuse wrestler Joe Barber would represent Section III in a tough Division I 106-pound bracket during last weekend’s state championship meet at Albany’s Times Union Center, ending up with a 1-2 record.

A second-place finisher at 99 pounds in 2013, Barber said the difference in taking that extra step to the top this year was the work he did in the off-season, going as much as 10 hours a day in the summer training under the tutelage of Pete Moore at C-NS, plus work at the Pin to Win and Mohawk Valley clubs.

That paid off with a sectional championship - and now, in the state meet, Barber would debut in the opening round against Penfield’s Parker Kropman, but would receive a rough baptism.

Kropman nearly pinned Barber in each of the first two periods, steadily building a 9-0 lead before Barber finally got on the board with a two-point reversal. By then, though, it was too late, as Kropman finished off the bout with a pin just 14 seconds before the horn and would go on to a fourth-place finish.

Now in the consolation bracket, Barber took on Fox Lane’s Brandon Fay later that night. It proved a tight, tense bout, but Barber did enough to record a 4-2 victory.

But in the next round, Barber ran into Niagara Falls’ Jerome Carter, who would pin him in 2:51, leaving Barber with a final mark of 31-10 and the memories and experience gained from facing the best competition in the state.

Just two Section III Division I wrestlers made it to the semifinal round – CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt’s Ben Honis at 195 pounds, and Carthage’s Trevor Gibbons at 285 pounds – and though each of them lost in the semifinals, they went on to win their respective consolation brackets and take home third-place medals.

On the other hand, Section III won the team competition in Division II (small schools) and brought home a pair of state titles as Holland Patent sophomore Alex Herringshaw prevailed at 145 pounds and Mexico’s Trevor Allard did the same at 160 pounds.

Vote on this Story by clicking on the Icon


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Sign in to comment