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WNY Wrestling Roundup: Week 9

Dual meet results for the ninth week of wrestling in WNY (Monday 1/21 – Friday 1/25/2019)

(#, HM – Honorable Mention – assigned references the latest WNY Athletics team power ranking)

Tuesday, January 22nd2019

#6 Chautauqua Lake 54 – Maple Grove 21

The Thunderbirds won a CCAA crossover match for the team’s eight win of the season. ‘Lake has one CCAA Div. I match left on the schedule. Look for some T-Bird wrestlers to make noise this postseason.

Franklinville 58 – Gow 9

Cleon Lawton and Kyle Wittenrich each won their 20thmatches of the season and Nolan Palmatier won his 25thas the Panthers won a non-league dual for their eighth victory of the season.

St. Mary’s 51 – Wilson 30

The Lancers won their seventh match of the season and at home on Senior Night.

Wednesday, January 23rd2019

#1 (D2) Falconer 47 – #6 (D1) Olean 30

The Golden Falcons won their 8thstraight CCAA Div. I title with a total team effort against the arch rival Huskies in front of a packed home crowd. Falconer won eight bouts and recorded five pins to Olean’s seven wins but only two falls. Robbie Penhollow was shockingly impressive. Falconer finishes 6-0 in league action and improved to 26-1 with the win. Olean ends the season 5-1 in league and is 20-1 overall. Falconer is 48-1 in the past eight seasons in CCAA Div. I. Next for both squads is the NYSPHSAA Dual Meet Championships on Saturday.

#1 Niagara Wheatfield 79 – Kenmore 6

The Falcons won every bout but one to roll the visiting Blue Devils and secure the NFL title outright. The league championship returned to Sanborn for the first time since the 2015-2016 season. Wheatfield finishes a perfect 7-0 in NFL action and is 10-1 going into Saturday’s NYSPHSAA Dual Meet Championships as the #2 seeded team in the large school bracket.

#2 Clarence 46 – #3 Lancaster 26

The Red Devils won the last six bouts of the dual (four by pin) to win the 2018-2019 edition of the Border War and in doing so took back the ECIC I title. Out of all of the Clarence wins on the evening, Caleb Krantz and Mackenzie Rider earned the most impactful ones. The Red Devils and Legends have traded the league title back and forth in each of the last four seasons. Clarence finishes 7-0 in ECIC I and improved to 18-1 overall. Lancaster completes the league table with a 6-1 record and is 11-3 overall. Also, the match was fully contested in all fifteen bouts meaning NO FORFEITS.

#7 Portville 75 – Frewsburg 6

The Panthers won their first CCAA Div. II championship outright since 2009-2010 wrapping up a perfect 6-0 season in the league. While some much larger schools continue to struggle with participation, head coach Matt Milne has entered a full roster in matches all season long at a school with a 2018-2019 BEDS number of only 236. The long term plan in place for Portville wrestling is already starting to pay off.

#8 Tonawanda 57 – Maryvale 27

The Warriors won their first ECIC III title since the 2014-2015 season with a win against a thin Flyers squad. Tonawanda finishes the season with a perfect 7-0 record against league opponents and improved to 8-7 overall under head coach Dan Bishop. All eyes are on senior Zach Braddell as he looks to make one more push for a NYS title.

#8 (D1) St. Francis 40 – #5 (D2) Newfane 33

The Raiders won a dual over a quality Panthers squad in one of the region’s longest running annual non-league matches now in its 26thseason. It was a well contested match between two of WNY’s stronger traditions. The dual featured a host of high level head to head bouts in the lower and middle weights where both teams were very evenly matched. Newfane entered a full squad and received the only forfeit of the evening at 106-pounds.

HM (D2) Frontier 51 – #10 (D2) Lake Shore 26

The Falcons won seven of the twelve contested bouts to beat a quality Eagles squad for their 14thdual win of the season. Frontier entered a full lineup and received forfeits in the three biggest weight classes. Head coach John Chowske is putting together full Falcon lineups year after year. Both Frontier and Lake Shore have very interesting league matches left on the schedule. Frontier has a home tilt with Orchard Park left, while Lake Shore will pay a visit to Starpoint in the near future.

#4 Fredonia 72 – Dunkirk 12

The Hillbillies finish the season third in CCAA Div. I with a 4-2 record and currently sit at 14-6 overall. Some of Fredonia’s top wrestlers can really make some noise this coming post season.

#4 Grand Island 66 – North Tonawanda 9

The ‘Jacks have enjoyed some dual success as of late, but the Vikings have gotten better as a team as the season has gone on. GI finishes the season in second place in the NFL with a 6-1 record and is currently 19-7 overall. NT under first year head coach Wally Maziarz concludes NFL action at 3-4.

#5 Niagara Falls 87 – Lockport 0

Falls finishes the season 5-2 in the NFL and in third place. The Wolverines improved to 17-2 overall with the win.

Canisius 72 – Wilson 3

The Crusaders entered a wrestler at all but one weight and earned their 10thwin of the season under head coach Dave Wilcox.

Maple Grove 54 – Salamanca 27

The Red Dragons conclude the CCAA Div. II season at 5-1 in the league and in second place behind Portville.

Depew/Cleveland Hill 44 – Sweet Home 33

The Wildcats won their first dual in the stacked ECIC II division this season.

Alden 45 – Lackawanna 35

The Bulldogs under head coach Rick Mitchell won their first dual back as an independent team and it was an ECIC III dual at home on Senior Night.

Franklinville 37 – Randolph 36

The Panthers picked up a win in their final CCAA Div. II match of the season over the defending league champion. Franklinville finishes 4-2 in the league, good for third place in the division.

Lewiston-Porter 43 – CSAT 36

Southwestern 36 – Gowanda 23

Thursday, January 24th2019

#7 Portville 51 – Bath Haverling (V) 28

The Panthers followed up a league championship on Wednesday by crossing sectional lines on Thursday and earning a quality win against a tough Section V squad. Portville accepted two forfeits and won seven contested bouts (five by pin) to earn the squad’s 18thdual win of the 2018-2019 season.

Williamsville North 54 – Jamestown 35

The Spartans earned their second ECIC I win of the season under first year head coach Mickey Moran. North has a Friday night dual with league rival West Seneca West. A win against the Indians would be huge and show how far this team has come since the beginning of the season.

Attica/Batavia (V) 47 – #8 St. Francis 28

A tough Blue Devils squad hosted the Raiders in Section V. Attica/Batavia put out a full lineup and St. Francis won only six, three by way of pin. The Blue Devils are 2-0 against Msgr. Martin squads this season.

Southwestern 49 – Randolph 24

The win was the third of the season for the Trojans and their second in two nights.

North Tonawanda 43 – Medina 33

NT earned its 10thdual win of the season a night after a tough loss to an NFL rival.

Friday, January 25th2019

HM Amherst 56 – Williamsville South 26

The Tigers and Billies wrapped up their ECIC II schedules with a Friday night edition of the Battle of Main Street in the Jungle. Amherst finishes 3-4 in possibly the toughest division in the Section this season and currently sits at an even 10-10 overall. Battled tested Will South finishes 2-5 in ECIC II.

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