MASSENA - The Massena Central varsity wrestling team battled its way to a third-place effort at the 45th Annual Peru Classic this past Saturday.
A total of 10 school fielded two teams each and the Raiders posted a 182 points in finishing behind host Peru (222.5 points) and Section 10 rival OFA (202.3).
The Massena grapplers produced three individual champions along with another four runner-ups. Working their way to the top of their respective weight charts were Nate Marshall at 113 pounds, Jeremy Malone at 195 and Nolan Terrance at 285. In claiming an 8-5 decision in the 113-pound final over OFAs Tannier Lapiene, Marshall became a four-time tournament champion. Malone outscored Perus Dustin Neyer 5-1 in capturing the 195-pound division crown while Terrance finished off Kenny Rivers of AuSable Valley just 1:06 into his title bout and in doing so, earned the individual award for spending the least amount of time on the mat.
Coming away with second-place medals for Massena were Skyler Cameron (120 pounds), Michael Brown (126), Dan Elman (152) and Hunter Perrine (160).Camerons 8-6 overtime loss to OFAs Brody Sheppard in the 120-pound final was selected as the Most Exciting Match of the tournament. Brown suffered a 9-0 loss to Ethan Faezelle of Peru in his title bout and Elman was outscored 7-1 by Tanner Phillips while Perrine dropped an 18-5 decision to Perus Jordan Bushey.
Also competing for Massena were Brian Plourde, who was third at 99 pounds, Alec Denney, who placed fifth at 120, Austin Amo, who took sixth at 145, and Gavin Perrine, who finished sixth at 132.
Other NAC squads competing at the tournament were Canton, which placed fifth with 106 points, and Franklin Academy, which finished ninth with 63.
The Raiders are slated to return to the mat this Saturday in Ellenburg at a tournament hosted by Northern Adirondack Central before playing host to NAC rival Gouverneur on Wednesday, January 15.