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WNY Wrestling Weekend Roundup Six

**Friday, 1/13 – Saturday, 1/14**

**22nd Annual Patrick Morales Memorial Tournament** @ Falconer HS

Chautauqua Lake crowned two champions in Jordan Joslyn (126) and Martin Ohlsson (132) on the way to capturing the Morales Tournament team title in Falconer, scoring 242.5 team points. Six Thunderbirds reached their respective weight class finals while ten total CL wrestlers placed in the top six of their brackets. Corry (PA) was second in team scoring with 234 points, followed by Falconer in third with 217 team points with one champion and one runner-up in the twenty-three team field. Southwestern (156) and Pioneer (140) rounded out the top five teams in the team scoring. The tournament provided a number of interesting head to head matches primarily amongst Section VI small school teams that surely could have an effect on upcoming postseason tournament seeding. Also, a pair of wrestlers in Lake Shore’s Blake Hageman and CL’s Jayden Malecki captured their 100th career wins in the tournament.

WNY individual weight class champions:

102: Trevor DellaPenta – Hamburg/Eden

126: Jordan Joslyn – Chautauqua Lake

132: Martin Ohlsson – Chautauqua Lake

138: Xander Kirsch – Pioneer

145: Austin Chase – Falconer

189: Matt Trim – Maple Grove

215: Trevor Barry – Iroquois

285: Ryan Carpenter – Randolph

**2023 Lockport Tournament**

Niagara Wheatfield cruised to the Lockport team title with 246.5 team points, outpacing 2nd place Brockport (V) by nearly a hundred points behind four individual champions and thirteen top six place winners. Spencerport (V) was third overall followed by Amherst (108 points) and Starpoint (99.5) to round out the top five teams. Brothers Tremell (132) and Te’Shaun (138) each captured individual titles for the Falcons, pinning all of their opponents including the finals matches. Te’Shaun’s 5-0 weekend and finals pin over a fellow returning NYS tournament qualifier earned him the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler honors as well. Joe Cicco (160) and John Fike (189) captured individual titles for NW as well to contribute to the team score. Starpoint, Grand Island, North Tonawanda, and Clarence all crowned one individual champion each.

WNY individual weight class champions:

102: Sean McDonald – Starpoint

132: Tremell Mathews – Niagara Wheatfield

138: Te’Shaun Mathews – Niagara Wheatfield

145: Kaleb Rang – Grand Island

152: Dylan Gagnon – North Tonawanda

160: Joe Cicco – Niagara Wheatfield

189: John Fike – Niagara Wheatfield

285: Bryce Hawes – Clarence

**Robert Bradshaw Memorial Girls Wrestling Tournament** @ Canandaigua (V)

Chautauqua Lake was the lone WNY representative team in Canandaigua for the annual Bradshaw Tournament over the weekend. Mia Smith (132) and Elizabeth Rushman (165) were the lone individual bracket winners for CL who entered fifteen wrestlers in the competition. Overall, eight Thunderbirds placed in the top three of their weight classes in Canandaigua.

**19th Annual Eastern States Classic** @ Sullivan County Community College

Cam Catrabone and Gage LaPlante each captured individual titles at the premier regular season individual tournament in NYS over the weekend while leading a group of thirteen total WNY place winners. Overall, the combined performance of the wrestlers representing Buffalo region schools was one of the best for the area in the history of the event as thirteen out of thirty-four entered athletes finished in the top eight of their respective weight classes.

Nine entries and four individual placers helped land Starpoint in the top three of the final team scoring as well, just barely behind 2nd place Section VIII powerhouse Wantagh. Newfane scored 37 team points and placed two wrestlers out of four entries while Niagara Falls also placed two of their four entries which was good for top-20 finishes in the team score for both teams.

Niagara Falls senior Jaden Crumpler posted a 6-1 tournament record to capture 3rd place in the very strong 126-pound weight class. The 3-seed Crumpler fell only to the 2-seed and eventual champion Joe Manfredi from Herricks (VIII) HS in the semifinal round in a 4-3 ultimate tie breaker thriller in what could’ve possibly been a state tournament final preview. Manfredi is a returning NYS champion, Crumpler a returning NYS finalist. In the 3rd place match, Crumpler was a 3-2 winner over Calhoun’s (VIII) Ray Adams in another matchup of returning top-4 NYS place winners.

Newfane sophomore Aidan Gillings fell short of the Eastern States quarterfinals, but won six consecutive matches (three by decision) to claim 3rd place in the solid 132-pound bracket. ‘Gilly’ took down returning state tournament place winner Jazz Spaulding from Honeoye Fall-Lima (V) in the consolation semifinal to reach the bronze match. Gilly was an 11-7 winner over Miller Place’s (XI) Michael Giugliano for 3rd place to avenge his only loss from the tournament the day before, a 12-7 loss to Giugliano in the round of 16.

WNY Eastern States place winners:

1st: Cam Catrabone (Williamsville North/East) – 145-pounds

1st: Gage LaPlante (Starpoint) – 160

3rd: Jaron Barrientos (Starpoint) – 102

3rd: Jaden Crumpler (Niagara Falls) – 126

3rd: Aidan Gillings (Newfane) – 132

5th: Cullen Edwards (Frontier) – 102

5th: Griffin LaPlante (Starpoint) – 138

6th: Brayden Kellison-Neglia (Newfane) – 102

6th: Amarfio Reynolds, Jr (Niagara Falls) – 126

6th: Jack MacDonald (Orchard Park) – 189

7th: Tommy Carlsen (Lancaster) – 285

8th: Austin Zimmerman (St. Joe’s) – 110

8th: Zach Caldwell (Starpoint) – 160

Additional tournament details on Catrabone’s and LaPlante’s titles can be found at this link via WNYAthletics.com:

https://wnyathletics.com/article/norths-catrabone-starpoints-laplante-capture-eastern-states-titles-starpoint-finishes-top-three

Eastern States also hosted a girl’s division for the second tournament in a row. West Seneca’s Christina Evans was the lone representative from WNY. Evans entered the tournament as the 3-seed in bracket. She won her first match, but fell in the semifinals to the eventual runner-up. A consolation semifinal win put Evans in the 3rd place match against Warsaw’s Hailey DeGroff. A first period takedown and a second period reversal gave Evans a 4-0 lead, however she secured a pin over her Tiger opponent in the second period to claim 3rd place in the 138-pound girl’s bracket.

**Saturday, 1/14**

**54th Annual Franklinville Invitational Wrestling Tournament**

Portville entered eleven wrestlers and placed nine of them to score 173 points on the way to winning the Franklinville team title on Saturday. Maxximus DeYoe (138) and Hayden Emley (172) both captured individual titles for the Panthers while Mekhi Muhyee and Camden Morrison each reached the final. DeYoe went 3-0 on the day pinning all three opponents on the way to the title. East Aurora/Holland finished second in the team standings with a tournament high three champions in Camden Krieger (110), Rhett Krieger (152), and Robert Gear (215) while placing ten total wrestlers in their respective brackets. Springville rounded out the top three team scores with 143 points and eleven place winners, but were held without a champion. Gowanda, Salamanca, and Franklinville all claimed a pair of individual champions.

Individual weight class champions:

102: Nakotah Jackson – Gowanda

110: Camden Kreiger – East Aurora/Holland

118: Lucas Hoffman – Fredonia

126: Konner Spring – Salamanca

132: Mickey Wozniak – Franklinville

138: Maxximus DeYoe – Portville

145: Michael Horth – Gowanda

152: Rhett Kreiger – East Aurora/Holland

160: Evan Leonard – Franklinville

172: Hayden Emley – Portville

189: Chris Bargy – Olean/Allegany-Limestone

215: Robert Gear – East Aurora/Holland

285: Ian Breazeale – Salamanca

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