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January 12-15 Weekend Wrestling Wrap-UP

The second weekend in January saw some scheduling movements for tournaments to accommodate sectional dual meet tournaments statewide as well as the first annual New York State Dual Meet Tournament (January 26-27, Syracuse). This is usually one of the last open weekends of the season before class and sectional tournaments, dual meet tournaments, and the state tournament take place.

Nonetheless, the Eastern States Classic dominates whatever weekend it is held. This tournament draws wrestlers from all over NYS and the north east in general. Seven Section VI teams sent sixteen total wrestlers to this weekends’ tournament. While some select individuals are sent to compete at Eastern States, their teams back home march on in other local and regional events. Also important to note is that many of the local & regional tournaments this weekend had depleted participation due to missing teams that had previously made commitments to wrestle. Here are some events that took place this weekend to know about.

Patrick J. Morales Memorial Tournament at Falconer (1/13/2018)

Personally, this is one of my favorite tournaments of the year. It is normally a two-day tournament but was cut to a one-day tournament due to weather concerns. It is attended by mostly southern tier small schools as well as some powerhouses from Pennsylvania. Also important to note is the hosts provide the best rabbit stew on Earth.

Defending team champion Harbor Creek (PA) ran away with the team title earning 204.5 points to runner-up Falconer’s 169. The Huskies crowned five individual champions as well. The Golden Falcons crowned four individual champions including Nick Saeger (138-pounds), Dylan Ingrao (152), Dan Torres (160), and Robbie Penhollow (170). Torres moved to 41-1 on the season with a revenge victory over Chautauqua Lake grappler Bryce Rowe who handed Torres his only defeat of the season at the STWOA Tournament on December 16th. Also claiming individual titles from Section VI were Maple Grove’s Luke Tomlinson (99) and Shane Hetrick (120), and Jamestown’s Cody Pool (113), Seth Mactavish (145), and Noah Turzillo (220). Southwestern’s Giuseppe Hoose avenged a loss to Maple Grove’s Zak Trim from the NFWOA Tournament in the Pat Morales finals at 182-pounds with a 7-2 decision as well. Jamestown finished third in the team standings with 120 points, followed by Chautauqua Lake with 109.5, and Kane (PA) with 104.5.

Niagara-Orleans Tournament at Albion (1/13/2018)

The teams that make up the Niagara-Orleans wrestling league held their annual league tournament this past weekend. Akron-Alden claimed the team title with 217 points, followed by Newfane with 190.5, Albion with 147 points, Wilson with 136, Medina with 119.5, and Barker-Royalton/Hartland (BRH) with 118.5. Akron-Alden crowned a tournament high five champions to Newfane’s four. Newfane went 5-0 in league dual meets this season and held on to the league championship after the aggregate scores following the second place team finish at the tournament. BRH’s Tyler Choate was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler with a 7-2 decision of Newfane’s Zach Brown in the 152-pound final. The champions for Akron-Alden were Josh Cummings (113), Owen Kissell (126), Tom Fischer (132), Robbie PeQueen (160), and Jacob Sarow (170). Champions for Newfane were Andy Lucinski (99), Adam Huntington (106), Julian Nixon (182), and Ty Casinelli (285). Albion crowned one champion in Preston Flugel (138). Medina crowned two champions in Colby Petrie (120) and Elijah Sones (195). BRH crowned three champions in Choate, Andrew Schafer (145), and Ben Schwab (220).

25th Lockport Invitational Tournament (1/13/2018)

The annual tournament was compounded into a one-day tournament due to weather concerns. Grand Island continued to roll through the 2017-2018 season claiming the tournament team title with 163 points to second place Lockport’s 95.5. Clarence was third with 76, followed by Niagara-Wheatfield, St. Joe’s, Depew/Cleveland Hill, Fredonia, Amherst, Lewiston-Porter, and St. Mary’s of Lancaster. Wheatfield and Clarence were without some top wrestlers who were competing at Eastern States. Almost ten teams, including Section V powerhouses Spencerport and Fairport, that were originally entered in the tournament did not make it due to weather concerns.

The Vikings crowned five individual champions in Adam Daghestani (152), Dan Emblidge (170), Connor Kenney (182), Blake Bielec (195), and Jaquan Johnson (285). Johnson defeated Calik Kennedy from Amherst in the 285-pound final in the second matchup this season between western New York’s number one and number three ranked 285-pound wrestlers. Lockport crowned two champions in Joshua Gill (113) and Shyreef Payne (138). Clarence crowned two champions in Anthony Corigliano (126) and Quinten Burke (145). Niagara-Wheatfield (minus four wrestlers competing at Eastern States) was fourth with 72.5 points. Logan Hasley was the Falcons’ lone champion at 99-pounds. Depew’s Carson Alberti won the 106-pound title. Fredonia crowned three champions in Brandon Wallace (120), Hector Colom (132), and Jake Skinner (220). Brandon Simonson from Amherst was the 160-pound champion as well as the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.

50th Annual Franklinville Invitational (1/13/2018)

Pioneer claimed the team title for the second straight year with 173 team points to second place Olean’s 146. Ten Panther wrestlers were featured in the finals with four winning titles and six runners-up. Five Huskies claimed Franklinville titles as well. This was another local tournament that saw some reduced participation from teams that had previously committed but couldn’t make the trip due to the weather. Champions for Pioneer were Donald Bennett (99-pounds), Caleb Riordan (145), Mike Rigerman (220), and Trevor Smith (285). Winners for Olean were Nick Bierfeldt (120), Gavin Kulp (138), Devan Moore (170), Patrick Walsh (182), and Connor Walsh (195). Portville finished third in the team standings with 94 points and one champion in 152-pound Dakota Mascho. Host Franklinville finished fourth with 86 and three individual champions. Panther champions include Michael DeFoe (126), Kaylum Goodell (132), and Derek Langdon (160). Defending Section VI small school 99-pound champion Mikey Evans from Springville won the 106-pound tournament title with a victory over Pioneer’s defending Section VI small school 106-pound champion Doug Ciszak in the tournament final. Evans was named the tournament Most Outstanding Wrestler. East Aurora’s Alex Skowronski claimed the 113-pound individual title.

Section VI Eastern States Classic Results (1/13/218)

Out of the sixteen Section VI wrestlers that competed at the rugged Eastern States only three placed. Lancaster’s Joe Andreessen (195-pounds) and Starpoint’s Anthony Robinson (285) both placed fourth in their weights. Niagara Falls’ Willie McDougald was sixth at 132. Andreessen met defending Section VIII large school champion Elijah Rodriguez from Long Beach in the consolation final and lost by pin in the third period. The third seeded Robinson met the fourth seed Trentyn Rupert from Newark Valley (Sec. IV-Binghamton region) for third place. The two-time defending Section IV large school champion was a winner by decision 3-1. In the fifth place match of the loaded 132-pound bracket Willie McDougald lost by decision to Raf Lievano from Ward Melville (Sec. XI-Suffolk Co./Long Is). Wyoming Seminary won the tournament with four champions and 216 team points followed by Wantagh (VIII) with 95, Minisink Valley (IX) with 95, Long Beach (VIII) with 73, and CBA/Jamesville-Dewitt (III) with 69.5. Lancaster scored 40 team points for 19th overall. Niagara-Wheatfield was 39th with 27 team points.

Williamsville North Spartan Invitational (1/15/2018)

In a very rare move the annual Spartan Invite was moved from its original date of Saturday, January 13th to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr holiday on Monday when all of the participating schools are off in observance of the holiday.

St. Francis crowned two individual champions and claimed the title in the seventeen team field. Marcus Muffoletto earned three first period pins on his way to first in the 160-pound bracket. Teammate Nolan Thomas followed suit with three pins to claim first in the 195-pound bracket. Frontier finished second as a team and crowned three champions of their own in Owen Weller (106), Derek Wojciehowski (170), and Mike Vantresca (182). Wojciehowski defeated WNY #3 170-pounder Dominik Thomas from St. Francis in the final. Iroquois finished third as a team and two Chief wrestlers won individuals titles in Jake Vergien (132) and Alex Wozniak (145). The Chiefs finished third as a team without standouts Cory Day and Colton Slade who competed at Eastern States this weekend. Other champions were Gowanda’s Dave Ball (99) who dominated the field with three first period pins (including the final) and a tech fall on the day. Williamsville North’s brother duo of Mike and Vinny Catanzaro won the 113 and 138-pound tournament titles, respectively. 2017 Section VI finalist Mike Snowden from Niagara Falls won the 120-pound title and Starpoint’s Sam Stoelting was the 126-pound champion. Ken-Ton’s John Milks was victorious in the 152-pound bracket, Hamburg’s John Haberman won the 220-pound individual title, and Lake Shore’s Alex Buckley was the 285-pound champion. The top five team scores were St. Francis, 196.5 points, Frontier, 150.5, Iroquois, 142, Hamburg, 136, and Orchard Park, 96.5.

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