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Wrestling Bees take third at own dual meet

B'ville drops close first-place league battle with Liverpool

— Two big events for the Baldwinsville wrestling team served as the prelude to its appearance in this Saturday’s Section III Dual Meet at Cicero-North Syracuse.

And that included the dual meet the Bees hosted Saturday, which had two parts to it. One part was the meet itself, where B’ville would go 3-2 as Central Valley Academy, with a 5-0 mark, roared to the top of the standings.

Amid this activity was, during the opening round, a meet against Liverpool rescheduled from a Jan. 7 weather postponement, which now turned into a CNY Counties League first-place showdown – and unlike so many previous encounters, this one went in the Warriors’ favor, by a 34-31 margin.

It was close right from the start as, at 126 pounds, David Rush edged Anthony Ianno 7-6. After Spencer Woods (132 pounds) took a pin, B’ville appeared to take control by winning the next four bouts.

At 138 pounds, Kevin Paul pinned Zach Curcie in 2:54. Connor Ross (145 pounds), who passed 100 career wins at this meet, took 1:15 to finish off Will Ronan, while Steve Petrelli (152 pounds) held off Brian Carr 4-3 and Chad McArdell (160 pounds) pinned Zach Kahtib 48 seconds into the third period.

Now up 24-6, B’ville surrendered a bit of that edge when Devon Buyck (170 pounds) and Alex Bowen (182 pounds) lost decisions, Bowen taking a 4-1 defeat to Nate Knox, who was up from the JV ranks just for this meet.

All looked fine, though, when Gunnar Sutphen, at 195 pounds, blanked Mark Williamson 8-0 and Joe Nasoni (195 pounds) beat Ron Wilson 8-3 to make it 31-13 with five bouts left.

But B’ville did not win again. Heading to its strong spot in the lower weight classes after a forfeit at 285 pounds, Liverpool claimed the next three bouts, none of them more exciting than Tyler Patrick, at 106 pounds, coming within inches of a victory against Sean Nadeau, but losing 12-11 when Nadeau pulled off a reversal in the waning seconds.

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