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WNY Wrestlers, Coaches, Contributors Honored With Postseason Awards

The 17th Annual WNY Wrestling Coaches Association Awards Banquet was held on Sunday, March 6th at Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant in Blasdell to recognize the outstanding wrestlers, coaches, and contributors of the 2021-2022 high school wrestling season in WNY. The WNYWCA hosts a number of fundraising events throughout the year to help support area wrestling. The annual banquet recognizes award winners as well as the recent sectional champions, state tournament qualifiers, and state place winners. New inductees to the WNY Wrestling Hall of Fame are also recognized for their services and contributions to high school wrestling at the banquet each year.

The following individuals were recognized for their outstanding effort and contributions by the WNYWCA:

Hall of Fame inductees

Jim Kloc – wrestler – Iroquois High School

Jason Wartinger – wrestler – Cheektowaga Central High School

Kyle Colling – wrestler – Pioneer High School

Dan Fire – coach – North Tonawanda High School

Norm Thomas – contributor/official/coach

2021-2022 outstanding wrestlers

Division I ‘Champion of Champions’ – Konrad Krzyszton, Frontier

Division II ‘Champion of Champions’ – Nick Brown, Springville

Outstanding Female Wrestler of the Year – Tina Evans, West Seneca/Depew


Al Feuz Memorial Contributor of the Year – Brian LaPlante

Ilio DiPaolo Family Commitment to Wrestling Award – Scotty James

Jon Vesper Memorial Award – Dave Recor, West Seneca/Depew

WNYWCA Media Award – Frank Wolf, WNY Athletics

Coach of the Year awards

Rookie Head Coach – Josh Eagan, Niagara Falls

Assistant Coach – Don McCoy, Niagara Falls

Niagara Frontier League – Wally Maziarz, North Tonawanda

Niagara-Orleans – Mike Carlo, Wilson

ECIC I – John Chowske, Frontier

ECIC II – Steve Hart, Starpoint

ECIC III – Chris Edwards, Pioneer

CCAA Div. I – Drew Wilcox, Falconer/Cassadaga Valley

CCAA Div. II – Matt Milne, Portville

Msgr. Martin High School Athletic Association – Mike Messore, St. Francis

WNY Wrestling Hall of Fame member coach Dan Fire and 2021-2022 WNYWCA Media Award winner Frank Wolf

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