SYRACUSE Where CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt wrestlers J.T. Romagnoli and Ben Honis delivered as top seeds in last Saturday’s Section III Division I championship meet, Fayetteville-Manlius stars Pat and Tom Quinlan could not quite finish it off.
Those were the takeaways from a wild day of action at Onondaga Community College’s SRC Arena, where the combined CBA/J-D unit rose to third place with 111 points, trailing only Baldwinsville (145.5 points) and Fulton (143.5 points) in a 19-team field.
Just behind them, F-M had a strong showing, too, earning 106.5 points for sixth place as it put eight wrestlers on the awards podium, two more than CBA/J-D. East Syracuse-Minoa was 14th with 51 points.
The difference was that CBA/J-D twice went to the top, starting with Romagnoli at 145 pounds as he won his third consecutive sectional title.
After beating Brian Rush (B’ville) 15-4 and blanking F-M’s Tristan Broddus 3-0 in the semifinal, Romagnoli faced ESM’s lone finalist, Kyle Parella, who had pinned Noah Christianelli (Auburn) and stunned no. 2 seed Chad McArdell (B’ville) 6-4 to get this far.
Romagnoli proved too tough for Parella, though, getting several takedowns on his way to an 11-4 decision as he improved to 32-6 and will make a return trip to Albany’s Times Union Center for the Feb. 22-23 state meet. Broddus would claim fourth place for the Hornets.
Honis is going to Albany, too, with a 39-3 record as the 195-pound sectional champion. From his top seed, Honis pinned Matt Marshall (Fulton) in 47 seconds and fought off Syracuse’s Dalton Nyumah 5-2 to reach the title match.
There, Honis pinned New Hartford’s Jimmy Laurenzo 47 seconds into the second period, one of just four falls in the championship round.
Fresh off his Most Outstanding Wrestler run at the sectional Class AA meet, Pat Quinlan, the top seed at 132 pounds, used a technical fall over Anthony Inman (Whitesboro) and a pin over Joe Copani (Cicero-North Syracuse) to get to the finals against West Genesee’s Connor Grome, the defending champion, whom Quinlan beat 3-0 in the AA finals.