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WNY Wrestling Roundup: Week One

Dual meet and tournament results and notes for the week of Wednesday, Nov. 30 through Saturday, Dec. 2.

**Wednesday, 11/30**

**#2 Falconer 66 – Salamanca 12**

The Golden Cougars provide the first final score result of the new season in WNY with a CCAA I win at home against the Warriors. Falconer once again fielded a full lineup and earned six team points with every win. From 145 to 172 Coach Wilcox sent our four highly experienced seniors in Austin Chase (145), Jacob Clark (152), Brodie Little (160), and Dalton Caldwell (172). All four of these athletes have been around long enough that they were part of the 2020 NYS champion team, and before. This might be the most experienced four-man lineup in WNY.

**#4 Southwestern 58 – Dunkirk 15**

The Trojans move to 1-0 in the division on opening night. SW will have a heck of a lightweight squad anchored by returning sectional champion & state place winner Carmine Calimeri and state qualifier Kenji Walters.

**Olean/Allegany-Limestone 54 – Fredonia 24** The Huskies get a welcome conference win on the road. Olean sent a wrestler out at 10 of 13 weights and collected six team points in all four of their head to head wins.

**Fri. 12/2 – Sat. 12/3**

**50th Annual Joe Shifflet Sweet Home Duals**

Churchville-Chili (V) repeated as team champion with a 7-0 dual record over the two day tournament. Wilson was the highest placing Section VI squad with a 6-1 overall record. The #6 Lakemen gutted out three wins by six or less points led by freshman Victor Cusatis in the lower weights and anchored in the heavy weights by the trio of Ben Wortkoetter, Breckyn Schultz, and Hamza Merrick at 189, 215, and 285, respectively, all of whom went unbeaten in the tournament. #9 large school North Tonawanda captured 3rd with a 5-2 dual record highlighted by quality wins over league rivals Grand Island (39-27) and Kenmore (43-27). The Vikings visit the ‘Jacks on Weds. 12/7 for an NFL showdown. The host Panthers captured 4th place behind a strong performance from returning state tournament qualifier Cam Millender who was also the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler. Sweet Home also honored past coach Ron Tatar and wrestlers Jeff and Brian Tatar with induction to the SH Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Final standings: 1. Churchville-Chili 7-0 2. Wilson 6-1 3. North Tonawanda 5-2 4. Sweet Home 4-3 5. Kenmore 3-4 6. Grand Island 2-5 7. Barker/Royalton-Hartland 1-6 8. CSAT 0-7

**VinLouie’s Pizzeria 16th Annual Southtowns Duals** @ St. Francis HS

Hamburg/Eden captured the team title with a 7-1 record over the two day event in the ‘BullRaiders’ first action as a combined squad. The #7 Bulldogs earned impressive victories over HM teams Orchard Park (44-29) and St. Francis (48-27) as well as Section V power Attica/Batavia, 39-36. Three undefeated Bulldogs in Kenny Schmitz, Evan Braunscheidel, and Luke Smeader as well as Eden’s Trevor DellaPenta (7-1) were named to the all-tournament team. Also, Smeader collected his 100th career victory. Orchard Park collected 3rd place with a 6-2 record highlighted by a narrow 34-33 victory over St. Francis, who earned a huge 39-33 win over #3 small school Newfane in the next round. The Quakers’ Jack MacDonald (189) and Alex Ciesielski (285) each posted perfect 8-0 records over the course of the tournament. Newfane (6-2) claimed 4th in the standings led by unbeaten wrestlers JJ Lucinksi, Brayden Kellison-Neglia, Ayden Buttery, and tournament MOW Aidan Gillings, who also picked up his 100th career victory…as a sophomore.

Final standings: 1. Hamburg/Eden 7-1 2. Attica/Batavia 7-1 3. Orchard Park 6-2 4. Newfane 6-2 5. St. Francis 5-3 6. Gowanda 4-4 7. Fredonia 2-6 8. St. Mary’s 2-6 9. East Aurora/Holland 1-7 10. Salamanca 0-8

**Saturday, 12/3**

**Starpoint Spartan Duals**

The host Spartans cruised to their own tournament’s team title behind five big victories (three of which were against current top 10 ranked teams) capped off by an impressive 47-26 victory over #2 Niagara Falls. Overall, the tournament provided a number of interesting results amongst ranked teams. #4 small school Southwestern were 39-22 winners over #10 big school Frontier, while Sec. V small school Alexander impressed also with a 39-22 score over #4 Clarence, both in the opening round. Frontier went on to edge out #7 Iroquois, 34-33, before taking down ECIC I rival Clarence, 42-30 for 5th place. Not only did some of the team scores standout, but so did a few individual performances by a number of unbeaten wrestlers. Most notably, Starpoint senior JR Leuer who went 5-0 with a pin over a returning sectional champion and state place winner. Likewise, SW’s returning sectional champion Tavio Hoose (freshman) collected an impressive win with a 12-3 major decision over a returning large school sectional champion at 189-pounds. Niagara Falls senior Jaden Crumpler earned tournament MOW recognition with a perfect 4-0 record with a pair of victories over high quality opponents.

Final standings: 1. Starpoint 5-0 2. Niagara Falls 3-1 3. Southwestern 3-2 4. Alexander 2-2 5. Frontier 3-2 6. Clarence 2-3 7. Iroquois 1-4 8. Canisius 0-5

**Triple-O Mechanical Byron-Bergen Invitational**

WNY #1 small school Chautauqua Lake cruised to the team title at Byron-Bergen HS behind four individual champions and ten top-4 place winners. The T’Bird’s Jordan Joslyn, Martin Ohlsson, Trent Burchanowski, and John Watson all claimed individual titles for CL who outpaced the runner-up team Brighton (V) by 91.5 points. CL’s returning state qualifier Joslyn was recognized as the MOW with three pins on the way to the 126-pound title. Pioneer’s returning state tournament qualifier Brady Heckathorn captured the lone individual title for the Panthers at 172-pounds. Heckathorn out-dualled CL’s Jayden Malecki, 3-2, perhaps a score to keep in mind should the athletes meet again in the postseason. Medina’s Sawyer Kingsbury was the sixth individual champion representing Section VI in capturing the 215-pound Triple-O title with a first period finals pin.

Final standings: 1. Chautauqua Lake 216 2. Brighton (V) 124.5 3. Pioneer 114 4. Victor (V) 87 5. Letchworth (V) 71

9. Medina 49 15. Albion 15

**Matthew Marino Invitational Wrestling Tournament** @ Webster Schroeder HS

Niagara Wheatfield cruised to the Marino Tournament team title behind two champions, six total finalists, and fourteen wrestlers who placed 6th or better in their respective weights. Iain O’Donnell (172) and Casey Robinson (215) captured individual titles for NW who outscored a talented Honeoye Falls-Lima (V) team 241.5 to 203.5 points for the top spot. Chase Richards (132), Tremell Mathews (138), Dylan Pringle (152), and Joe Cicco (160) all claimed silver for the Falcons. Williamsville North junior and two-time state place winner Cam Catrabone dominated the 145-pound field with four pins on the way to the final. In the title match, Catrabone impressed with an 8-0 major decision over a fellow defending two-time NYS place winner from HF-L to earn tournament MOW honors while helping to pace the Spartans to 3rd place in the team standings. Teammate Zaid El Nasser claimed gold at 285-pounds posting a 4-0 tournament record capped off by a first period pin in the final. Maple Grove’s Matt Trim captured gold at 189-pounds in impressive fashion earning four pins in all four matches including a finals pin in less than a minute on the way to 1st place. Finally, while they didn’t have any individual champions, St. Joe’s claimed high quality third place finishes from Austin Zimmerman, Nik Massaro, and Luke Ventresca.

Final standings: 1. Niagara Wheatfield 241.5 2. Honeoye Falls-Lima 203.5 3. Brockport 159 Williamsville North/East 159 6. St. Joe’s 101.5 12. Maple Grove 32

**10th Annual Pal-Mac Varsity Wrestling Duals**

Lancaster traveled into Section V lines to start the season (as they normally do) with an appearance at the Palmyra-Macedon Duals. The Legends wrestled to a second place finish with wins over North Rose-Wolcott, Pal-Mac, and a one point victory over Webster Thomas but fell Section V large school heavyweights Pittsford and Hilton. Junior Michael Schaefer finished undefeated at 5-0 on the day with Joey Freiberg, Carter Tadusz, Evan Stencel, and Tommy Carlsen all posting 4-1 tournament records.

**Bill Andersen Memorial Wrestling Tournament**

Falconer/Cassadaga Valley returned to Cicero-North Syracuse HS again this season for the Andersen Tournament, one of the toughest opening weekend tournaments held annually in upstate New York. The Golden Cougars wrestled to a 5th place finish with 138.5 points against the 21-team squad that consisted of teams mostly from Section III with some others from sections, II, IV, and V. Overall, seven Golden Cougars placed in the top six of their respective brackets. Dylan Newman (102) and Karsen Lundgren (110) both captured individual titles for Falconer while Austin Chase wrestled to a runner-up placement at 145-pounds.

**Avoca/Prattsburgh Duals**

WNY #9 small school Portville got its first action of the season with a 4-1 dual record the A/P Duals in Section V.

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