Carroll-Marsh dominates on way to sectional title

Liverpool senior wins at 285 with trio of pins

— Pat Carroll-Marsh is not one to waste much time on the wrestling mat. The Liverpool heavyweight expects - almost demands - that he take down every opponent and pin them.

That's led to a 31-0 record in the 2011-12 season and, thanks to his 285-pound victory in Saturday's Section III Division I meet at Onondaga Community College's SRC Arena, he's on his way to the state meet.

Rarely this season has any of Carroll-Marsh's matches gone beyond one period. So it was a slight surprise when, in the quarterfinals, Carroll-Marsh was stretched to the third period by Cicero-North Syracuse's Jared West before getting a fall 15 seconds into that period.

After that, it went much quicker. Against teammate Alex Gilson in the semifinals, Gilson needed barely a minute for the pin and the final against Carthage's Travis Gibbons was over in just 19 seconds - by far the shortest championship match of the meet.

So Carroll-Marsh will take his undefeated mark to Albany's Times Union Center, where on Feb. 24-25 the state meet will take place.

With the top seed, the Warriors' Tyler Eason went to the 132-pound championship round with a pin over Colin VanBuren (APW) and topped Fulton's Connor Aldasch 13-8 in the semifinals.

But West Genesee's Connor Grome, who lost to Eason in the Class AA final a week ago, got payback here, edging Eason 4-2, giving Eason just his second loss in 35 matches this winter. In that same weight class, C-NS's Jacob Murdock finished fourth.

From a team standpoint, Liverpool, with 118.5 points, finished fourth in Division I (large schools), just ahead of C-NS, who was sixth with 106 points. Indian River took the team title with 167.5 points.

Tony Battista was the only Northstars wrestler to reach the championship round, doing so at 120 pounds. Battista (27-5) pinned West Genesee's Tyler Heggelke in 47 seconds and shut out Liverpool's Nate Hathaway 4-0 before falling to Indian River's Derrick Gray 10-2 in the finals.

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