SANBORN - The Niagara Frontier Wrestling Officials Tournament kicked off at Niagara County Community College on Friday and a number of area wrestlers have earned berths in the semifinals when action resumes today at 9 a.m.
Competing in the semifinals today will be Dakota Lewis of Jamestown and Cameron Page of Falconer at 106 pounds; Nick D'Angelo of JHS and Ricky Griffith of Falconer at 113; Cameron Weaver of Jamestown, Dylan Ingrao of Falconer and Bradley Bihler of Maple Grove at 120; Jake Peru of Falconer and Emiliano Velasquez of JHS at 126; Max Raynor of Falconer at 132; Dylan Lundmark of JHS at 138; Jed Micek of Maple Grove at 145; Adam Gullo of JHS and Brian Westerdahl of Maple Grove at 152; Howie Nolan of Maple Grove at 160; Kyle Ross and Jimmy Schwab of Falconer at 170; Tanner Hoose of Southwestern at 182; and Jake Penhollow of Falconer 195.
At 99 pounds, James-town's Seth MacTavish fell to Akron's Johnny Fiebelkorn, 21-3, moving MacTavish into the losers' bracket. MacTavish was then defeated by Colton Slate from Iroquois, 9-2.
Lewis from JHS received a first-round bye at 106 pounds before falling to Lancaster's Tommy Michel in 2:54 while Falconer's Page pinned Jake Hixenbaugh of Byron-Bergen in just 42 seconds to reach the semis.
At 113 pounds, Jamestown's D'Angelo also drew a bye to start the day, then took on Jake Dickey of Frontier, claiming a victory with a pin at 1:43 to advance to the semis.
Also at 113, Griffith from Falconer won twice, the first victory coming by a 7-4 decision over Matteo Toilano from Lew-Port. He then pinned Bryce Martin from Grove City in 51 seconds.
Jamestown's Weaver had a first-round bye at 120 pounds, then battled Frontier's Kyle Genovese, winning 6-4 in overtime to move forward.
Falconer's Ingrao drew a bye in round one, then defeated Mark Cye of Lockport, 10-4, to move on and Bihler of Maple Grove had a first-round bye before pinning Zachary Saad from Kenmore West in 3:23.
At 126 pounds, Falconer's Peru drew the bye in round one, then pinned Anthony Tardibuono from Niagara Wheatfield in 3:45. Velasquez from JHS also advanced by downing Alan White from Byron-Bergen, 9-6, and Max Tafelski of Grand Island, 10-6.
Maple Grove's Zak Trim was pinned by Dylan Verman of North Tonawanda in 5:03 in the opening round and will compete in the 126 loser's bracket today.
Falconer's Raynor had a first-round bye in the 132-pound class, then pinned Marquise Sanders from Lockport in 3:57 to advance.
In the same class, Scott Green, also from Falconer, was pinned by DJ Marshall of Lew-Port in 1:10, sending Green into the loser's bracket where he pinned Caleb Long of St. Joe's in 59 seconds. Green will wrestle again today.
Jamestown's Kyle Liuzzo also lost to Grove City's Luke Walter in round two, 10-3, after a first-round bye and headed to the loser's bracket where he defeated Chris Yockel from Byron-Bergen, 8-2, to move on into today's action.
At 138 pounds, Lundmark from Jamestown won by major decision, 9-0, over Tom Weis from Olean. He then won by technical fall over Frontier's Aaron Valachos, 20-4, to advance to the semis.
Kyle Hall from Maple Grove, wrestling at 145 pounds, had a first-round bye, then was pinned by St. Joe's Derek Penman in 1:57, putting Hall in the loser's bracket. Hall then lost by pin to Olean's Jordan Keyesm in 2:23.
Hall's teammate, Micek also drew a bye, then pinned Charlie Milks from Kenmore West in 3:50. Micek moved into the next round where he pinned Kirk Feeney from Lockport in 3:07 to get into the semis.
Nolan Margaglio from JHS had a bye to begin the day and came up short against Zak Mata from Falconer, 8-3, in the second round and Mata earned a spot in the semis. Margaglio then lost in the loser's bracket to Grove City's Dalton Meals, 6-3.
At 152 pounds, Jake Youngberg of Falconer lost by technical fall to Lew-Port's Ryan Kromer, 18-1, moving Youngberg into the loser's bracket.
In the same class, Jamestown's Gullo was a winner by pin in 1:21 over Ryli Wahiheim of Grove City. He will meet Keneddi Eddings from Niagara Falls, who pinned Maple Grove's TJ Bihler in 1;54, in the semis and Bihler will move into the loser's bracket.
Finally, Maple Grove's Westerdahl won a 13-4 major decision over Tonawanda's Cody Adams to advance to the semis.
In the 160-pound class. after a first-round bye, Maple Grove's Nolan downed Grove City's Cordell Sanders with a pin at 3:06 to advance. His teammate, Chris Krempa, lost via pin to Jim Canterbury from St. Joe's in 2:45.
Krempa will meet Jamestown's Brandon Whitacre in the loser's bracket. Whitacre won his first match over Robert Jones from Lockport, 6-2, but lost to 3-0 to Denny Khomitch of Byron-Bergen.
Ross from Falconer will be in the semis today after pinning Abraham Baker of St. Joe's in 1:08 in the 170-pound class. Also moving on was Falconer's Schwab, who pinned Mario Gangarossa of St. Francis in 3:40.
Jamestown's Justice Miller was less fortunate, losing to Richie Jones from St. Joe's by pin in 3:26.
At 182 pounds, Tanner Hoose from Southwestern had a first-round bye, then decisioned Akron's Jacob Clark, 6-1 to move ahead.
Penhollow of Falconer defeated Quian'e Wallace of Niagara Falls, 5-0, in the 195-pound class to reach the semis.
Jeremy Bush of James-town, wrestling at 220 pounds, was downed by Olean's Zach Spears via pin in 4:14, moving Bush to the loser's bracket.
Finally, at 285 pounds, Justin Spencer of Falconer reached the second round with a bye, but lost to Lew-Port's Garrett Rath in 24 seconds. Spencer will now compete in the loser's bracket.
The Niagara County CC Thunderwolves will take on Jamestown CC at 3 p.m. prior to the finals, which are slated to begin at approximately 4:30 p.m.