In Full Stride
Golden Cougars Easily Take Home Class C Title; 13 Advance To Section VI Championships Next Week
FALCONER — Host Falconer/Cassadaga Valley knew that it would likely come away with a few titles from Saturday’s Section VI Class C Tournament, and it did.
But Drew Wilcox’s team checked just about every other box as well, taking home the team title with 271.5 points, while qualifying 13 grapplers for next weekend’s Section VI Championships and also claiming the Most Outstanding Wrestler award after Dylan Ingrao picked up a pair of pins and a technical fall to run away with the 152-pound title.
“You’re down to the kids that really want to be here and the kids that really are excited about the postseason,” said Wilcox. “They’re scrapping in the room and I thought we had a great week of practice and we’re starting to really get into full stride. We’re taking 13 kids to the sectionals and that’s a good number and I’m liking what I’m seeing out of this group.”
Newfane would leave in second place with 209 team points after claiming three wins in the finals, while Fredonia grabbed third with 159.5 after three Hillbillies came away with wins.
Ingrao’s final win of the evening — his 42nd of the year — came in 5:07 over Newfane’s Zach Brown.
Joining Ingrao in the winner’s circle were three teammates, with Dan Torres following in suit at 160 pounds with a confident pin in 2:55 on Jason Frazer of Tonawanda.
Robbie Penhollow then made it three straight finals victories for the hosts, after pinning Caleb Aurenhamer of Newfane in 23 seconds.
“I just went out there wrestling and just let it fly, what happens, happens,” said Penhollow. “My personal goal is I want to win the (Section VI) tournament and I want to move on to the state tournament and hopefully do very well there. It’s all due to great coaching, really. We’ve got great coaches, they take us everywhere, they take us to the hardest tournaments they can find and it only makes us better, and it shows with a lot of our guys here.”
Corey Keefe was able to earn the fourth and final win of the night for the Golden Cougars at 195, earning a win via fall in 1:44 on Elijah Sones of Medina.
In one of the day’s most riveting matches, Falconer/Cassadaga Valley narrowly missed out on a fifth individual title at 132 pounds, where former state finalist, Hector Colom of Fredonia, was able to pick up a last-second reversal to notch a 4-3 decision over Jimmy Kramer.
A stalemate through the opening two minutes, Colom took a 2-1 lead after earning a takedown despite beginning the middle period in the down position. The momentum shifted to Kramer after he was able to earn a takedown near the mat edge for a 3-2 lead, but in the end Colom was able to wait for his opening in the closing seconds to earn a victory-clinching final two points.
“It’s actually something I’ve worked on since I’ve been a little kid with my brother,” said Colom. “That’s how I wrestle. I go straight to my positions and switches and over the years I’ve been in that situation where kids have always tried to go cradle me in that position and it’s just, I know to pop out in that situation and get my reversal. I did set it up because at that point in the match I was tired, I was exhausted, but I knew I still had fight in me and I knew I needed to get it done. I want to end this year with a championship at the sectional meet, but more than that is to make it back to the state finals this year. That is my true goal.”
While Colom has his sights set on a NYSPHSAA title, teammate Brandon Wallace is looking to earn his first trip to the state meet after edging out No. 1 seed Ryan Nugent of Newfane for the 120-pound title.
“I was excited for this match. One of my teammates wrestled him last year and he was helping me out. I was exhilarated. This was my first big finals win with the crowd and everyone. I’m so happy,” said Wallace. “My goal is to set up for next year basically. This year I know I’m probably not going to make it to states, but I want to go as far as I can, work as hard as I can, set up for next year and hopefully going to states.”
Fredonia’s third finals victory followed Colom’s win at 138, where Giovani Russo was able to pick up a major decision win on No. 2 Preston Flugel of Albion.
While Falconer/Cassadaga Valley will be pleased to add another Class C title to the trophy case, the top-four performances from Saturday are something extra to celebrate.
“It was a great tournament for kids like Jordan Dustin, Joey Pillittieri, Grant Cheney, Tony Fiasco and Hudson Johnson. Those kids really came out and wrestled a great tournament and got themselves to sectionals.”
The Golden Cougars left the mat on Saturday with five third-place finishes, including Pillittieri, Nick Saeger, Johnson, Dustin and Cheney.
TEAMS: Falconer/Cassadaga Valley 271.5, Newfane 209, Fredonia 159.5, Tonawanda 142, Eden 133.5, Springville 100, Royalton-Hartland/Barker 98, Albion 95, Medina 75, Lackawanna 67, Charter School 17.
99: Andrew Lucinski (N) p. Brayden Newman (FCV), 1:30.
106: Mike Evans (SP) p. Nick Szortyka (T), 1:24.
113: Blake Colantino (E) d. Mohammed Alshawi (L), 7-5.
120: Brandon Wallace (FR) d. Ryan Nugent (N), 4-2.
126: Zach Braddell (T) p. Nick Brown (SP), 1:58.
132: Hector Colom (FR) d. Jimmy Kramer (FCV), 4-3.
138: Giovani Russo (FR) md. Preston Flugel (A), 10-1.
145: Giovanni Schifano (E) d. Eric Shaffer (E), 5-3.
152: Dylan Ingrao (FCV) d. Zach Brown (N), 5:07.
160: Dan Torres (FCV) p. Jason Frazer (T), 2:55.
170: Robbie Penhollow (FCV) p. Caleb Aurenhamer (N), 0:23.
182: Julian Nixon (N) md. Destin Tirado (T), 16-3.
195: Corey Keefe (FCV) p. Elijah Sones (M), 1:44.
220: Ben Schwab (RH) d. Jayden Heers (N), 5-3.
285: Ty Casinelli (N) p. Yaniel Acevedo (FR), 3:22.
99: Adam Huntington (N) d. Rashawn Bloom (M), 9-2.
106: Nagi Fadel (L) p. Shilo Rogers (SP), 3:25.
113: Peter Calanni (FR) id. Camden Rowles (N), 0:00 3rd.
120: Shane Walczyk (E) p. Jared Hecht (SP), 4:57.
126: Joey Pillittieri (FCV) d. Tony Fiasco (FCV), 4-3.
132: Da’Ron Bellan (M) d. Gerald Klubek (E), 8-6.
138: Nick Saeger (FCV) p. Jonas Cummings (N), 2:28.
145: Hudson Johnson (FCV) d. Thomas Alvord Jr., 6-2.
152: Tyler Choate (RH) md. Bryce Baglia (FCV), 12-4.
160: Ceric Kristan (FR) md. Charles Rizzo (E), 9-0.
170: Jordan Dustin (FCV) p. Jessy Cruz (A), 4:51.
182: Ben Restivo (A) d. Nick Burda (T), 8-5.
195: Karson Grover (RH) d. Domanic Farley (A), 6-1.
220: Martin Del Moral (C) p. Cody Wilson (A), 1:58.
285: Grant Cheney (FCV) d. Qadr Kitt (L), 6-3.
CLASS AA TOURNAMENT
RAIDERS QUALIFY EIGHT
KENMORE — The Jamestown Red Raiders qualified eight grapplers for the Section VI tournament. Seth Mactavish was the lone champion on the day, claiming the title at 145pounds.
Nick Ewan took second at 99 pounds, Dan O’Brien took fifth at 106, Cody Pool was third at 113, Derrick Howser was fourth at 120, Dylan Pool was fifth at 126, Jomar Medero Montanez was third at 138 and Noah Turzillo was second at 220.