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WNY Wrestling Roundup: Week 8

Area dual meet results for Week 8 of the 2018-2019 wrestling season (Mon 1/14 – Fri 1/18/2019)

(#, HM – Honorable Mention assigned is latest WNY Athletics dual team power ranking)

Monday, January 14th2019

Springville-Griffith Institute 54 – Gow School 6

It was a positive night for the Griffins who won their first dual meet of the season.

Tuesday, January 15th2019

#6 Chautauqua Lake 66 – Gowanda 6

The Thunderbirds improved to 2-2 in CCAA Div. I. David Ball was not in the lineup for Gowanda.

#9 St. Joe’s 72 – Wilson 9

‘Joe’s picked up a home non-league win on senior night.

HM Orchard Park 49 – Williamsville South 30

The Quakers picked up a nice ECIC crossover win over a respectable Billies squad. Out of OP’s seven head to head wins five were pins. The Quakers entered a full fifteen while the Billies yielded forfeits at only two weights.

Wellsville (V) 66 – Salamanca 15

Wednesday, January 16th2019

#1 Falconer 52 – #4 Fredonia 22

Falconer took down its CCAA Div. I rival to improve to 5-0 in the league. Both teams were without some wrestlers who are usually in the lineup. Falconer entered a full lineup and received forfeits at three weight classes. Fredonia’s two-time sectional champion Dalton Gardner and Falconer standout Jimmy Kramer wrestled a sectional, perhaps state level bout at 138-pounds that resulted in a 2-0 decision win for Gardner. With the Olean win on Wednesday (5-0 in CCAA I) next Wednesday’s Olean at Falconer dual becomes the CCAA Div. I league title showdown.

#1 Niagara Wheatfield 78 – Lewiston-Porter 9

A Falcons win on Wednesday improved the squad to 6-0 in the league and 9-1 overall. With a win at home against Kenmore next Wednesday 1/23 the Niagara Frontier League title would return to Sanborn.

#2 Pioneer 52 – Amherst 21

Pioneer captured its sixth straight ECIC title at home against the Tigers. Pioneer won the last three ECIC III division titles and before that the last two division II titles before being moved back to ECIC II this season. The Panthers are now 44-0 in league action in the last six years. Pioneer’s final league record is 7-0 this season and are currently 21-3.

#3 Iroquois 64 – Williamsville South 18

Iroquois earned its sixth ECIC II win of the season to finish 6-1 in the division. The Chiefs are now 14-2. Jaden Friel has been outstanding for the Billies lately and earned a pin over a solid opponent in this dual.

#3 Clarence 75 – Jamestown 9

The Red Devils improved to 6-0 in ECIC I and 17-1 overall setting up another ‘Border War’ classic for the league title at home against Lancaster on Weds 1/23.

#6 Grand Island 34 – #2 Niagara Falls 33

The Vikings handed the Wolverines two forfeits but escaped with a big league win. Falls won eight matches to GI’s seven, but four Vikings earned pins while only one pin was recorded for Falls. Where both lineups are strong in the upper weights, GI won five out of seven matches between 152 and 285-pounds. Grand Island is 5-1 in the NFL while Falls dropped to 4-2.

#4 Lancaster 46 – #7 Hamburg 33

Lancaster battled a tough Bulldogs squad but left Hamburg with a quality win to improve to 6-0 in ECIC I. The Legends will pay a visit to the Clarence Red Devils on Weds 1/23 for the annual ‘Border War’ rivalry with the league title on the line as well.

#5 (big school) Olean 39 – #6 (small) Chautauqua Lake 34

The Huskies handed the Thunderbirds three forfeits but received two as Olean squeezed out one more CCAA Div. I setting up a league championship showdown in Falconer next Weds 1/23. This dual was all about matchups as numerous bouts between sectional place winners were competed throughout the match. State tournament wildcard Nick Bierfeldt took down ‘Lake’s defending Section VI champion Brendon Ramsey in OT, 2-1. ‘Lake’s Derek Ecklund was a 13-11 decision winner over Olean’s Gavin Kulp at 145 in another matchup of sectional level wrestlers. Olean’s section place winner Connor Walsh earned a nice 8-2 win over state tournament wildcard Ben Szymanowski at 285-pounds.

#7 Tonawanda 43 – Cheektowaga 28

Tonawanda (6-0 ECIC III) moved one match closer to the division title with the Wednesday night road win. Up next for the Warriors (of Tonawanda) is a home dual with Maryvale (3-3 ECIC III) that, with a win, would result in the outright league championship for Tonawanda. It would be the first division title for the Warriors since sharing it with Eden in 2014-2015.

#8 Portville 72 – Cattaraugus-Little Valley 11

Portville improved to 4-0 in CCAA Div. II to set up a (probable) league title showdown with Maple Grove on Thursday night.

HM Maple Grove 60 – Frewsburg 22

Maple Grove improved to 4-0 in CCAA Div. II to set up a (probable) league title showdown with Portville on Thursday night.

#9 East Aurora 55 – Lackawanna 24

The Blue Devils are 5-1 in ECIC III and 17-8 overall. The last hope for a share of the league title for EA is contingent on a win at Springville on January 30thand a Maryvale win at Tonawanda next Wednesday.

#10 Lake Shore 48 – Sweet Home 42

The Panthers took the Eagles all the way to the last match of the night tied 42-42 when Jacob Blanar was able to earn a pin and seal the match for the home team. The Eagles are 3-2 in ECIC II and 12-11 overall.

HM Frontier 44 – West Seneca West 36

The Falcons again entered a full lineup against league & local rival West and left Ridge Road with an ECIC I win. West yielded the night’s only forfeit. Frontier won nine matches to the Indians’ six. The last remaining league match for the Falcons is a Friday home tilt with Orchard Park on 1/25. Although it won’t be for the ECIC I title, this match could be interesting given that both squads are young, have full lineups, and are well coached. Throw in the neighbor rivalry aspect and you’ve got a match.

Williamsville North 48 – HM Orchard Park 36

The Spartans moved into the ECIC I win column with a quality team win at home against the Quakers. North yielded two forfeits. Nine Spartans won head to head matchups compared to only four for OP. In North’s nine wins, six were by way of pin.

Charter School for Applied Technologies 48 – Lockport 12

The Eagles under head coach Nate Sutch earned their first ever Niagara Frontier League match.

Kenmore 55 – North Tonawanda 23

A young Kenmore squad under the experienced guidance of head coach Bill Hineman has competed hard all year and earned its fourth NFL win of the season, now 4-2 in the league.

HM Eden 49 – Maryvale 36

The Raiders moved to 4-2 in ECIC III and 12-8 overall. Head coach Tom Page graduates a total of zero seniors off of this team.

Franklinville 39 – Southwestern 38

The Panthers pick up a nice CCAA crossover win

Springville 36 – Alden 27

The Griffins started the season winless but picked up two dual meet victories this week.

No score reported:

Dunkirk at Gowanda

Randolph at Salamanca

Thursday, January 17th2019

#4 Lancaster 69 – Jamestown 12

The Legends rolled past the Red Raiders to improve to 6-0 in ECIC I. Next Wednesday’s Border War at Clarence is for the league title and neighborly bragging rights.

#8 Portville 52 – HM Maple Grove 20

The Panthers improved to 5-0 in CCAA Div. II and 16-4 overall to move to within one league win of the division title. A win next Wednesday against Frewsburg would win the league title for Portville.

#8 Starpoint 60 – Lewiston-Porter 30

Starpoint improved to 12-7 overall with a non-league win against the Lancers.

North Tonawanda 43 – #7 (small school) Tonawanda 33

The ‘Jacks won the Battle of the Belt and halted the Warrior’s two-year T-NT win streak.

St. Mary’s 51 – Gow School 18

The Lancers earned a MMHSAA win on Thursday.

Friday, January 18th2019

#10 St. Francis 36 – #9 St. Joe’s 32

The Red Raiders secured back to back Monsignor Martin titles with a tight win on Kenmore Ave. over arch rival ‘Joe’s in the annual ‘Snakepit’ dual. St. Francis won eight matches to the Marauder’s seven but yielded a forfeit at 106-pounds. The Raiders won the pin battle too recording four falls to St. Joe’s three. The dual featured a preview of a handful of possible MMHSAA All-Catholic Tournament finals matches and perhaps one or two that could be CHSAA finals too. With the team score 33-32, senior Logan Lauck sealed the win for St. Francis in the evening’s last bout with a 10-4 decision win over St. Joe’s Dalas Jackson. The Raiders finish the season 4-0 in MM and are currently 20-7.

#7 Hamburg 44 – West Seneca West 28

The Bulldogs won nine matches and improved to 4-2 in ECIC I with a win over the Indians. The Bulldogs had a couple of uncharacteristic forfeits as they yielded at 113 and 152-pounds while both teams forfeited at 145. With a struggling Jamestown squad the only remaining league match on the schedule, Hamburg could finish 5-2 in the league good for third place for the fourth straight season in ECIC I.

Lackawanna 45 – Sweet Home 36

The Steelers took down the Panthers in Amherst in a crossover ECIC dual on Friday night.

Maryvale 44 – St. Mary’s 42

The Flyers were victorious in a dual between two very evenly matched squads. Next up for the Flyers is their ECIC finale at Tonawanda on Wednesday, 1/23.

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