Newfane romps to N-O mat title

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 1 February 2014 at 12:00 am

Albion, Medina, Barker/Roy-Hart have individual champions

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Host Medina’s Brennen Callara (106) earned his second straight Niagara-Orleans League title by decisioning Akron’s Robbie PeQueen in the title bout at the All-League Tournament this afternoon.

Led by six individual weight class winners, Newfane romped to an 85 point victory at the annual All-League Tournament held at Medina this afternoon to complete a perfect 10-0 Niagara-Orleans championship season.

Tournament Most Valuable Wrestler Nate Martin (145), a repeat winner, led Newfane’s contingent of champions which also included Andrew Gelyon (126), Paul Dunbar (132), Cyrus Simmons (138), Jake Kubota (170) and Jake Warner (220).

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Kollin Reynolds (195) captured an N-O title with a lightning quick 30 second pin over Newfane’s Chris Johnstone.

Newfane, which went 5-0 during the dual match portion of the N-O season, garnered a total of 291 points on the day to easily out distance defending champion Akron, which had 206 points, to claim the league crown for the second time in three years.

Barker/Roy-Hart finished in third place with 188.5 points followed by Albion 129, Medina 126 and Wilson 74.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Barker/Roy-Hart’s Cameron Swick (120) works toward a title clinching decision win over Newfane’s Charles Johnstone.

Akron also finished in the runner-up spot with four individual champions including John Fiebelkorn (99), Garrett Schultz (160), Joey Sarow (182) and David Case (285).

Barker/Roy-Hart was represented at the top of the victory podium by Brent Bachman (113) and Cameron Swick (120), Medina by Brennen Callara (106), a repeat champion, Albion by Kollin Reynolds (195) and Wilson by Chase Wheeler (152).

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Barker/Roy-Hart’s Brent Bachman in route to a narrow one point decision win over Medina’s Joe Velez in the 113 pound title bout.

For the Panthers in the title bouts, Gelyon decisioned Matt Fiebelkorn of Akron 5-2, Dunbar decisioned Ethan PeQueen of Akron 6-1, Simmons pinned Aaron Burnside of Albion in 1:55, Martin decisioned Ben Howell of Medina 19-5, Kubola decisoned Ed Wolfe of Albion 7-4 and Warner decisioned Dylan Burkhardt of Albion 7-0.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Aaron Burnside battles agains Newfane’s Cyrus Simmons in the 138 pound title bout which saw the Panther grappler claim a win.

In the championship bouts for Akron, John Fiebelkorn decisioned Julian Nixon of Newfane 9-0, Schultz pinned Jake Rice of Wilson in 2:38, Sarow decisioned Aaron Mulroy of Albion 7-1 and Case decisioned James Brady of Barker/Roy-Hart 4-1.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Ben Howell works against Newfane’s Nate Martin in the 145 pound finale. Martin, who earned the tourney’s MVP award, scored a decision win.

Barker/Roy-Hart’s victorious duo had Bachman, who earned the tourney’s Sportsmanship Award, decision Joe Velez of Medina 3-2 and Swick decision Charles Johnstone of Newfane 9-1 in their title bouts.

For Medina, Callara outlasted Akron’s Robbie PeQueen 16-13 in his title bout and Albion’s Reynolds pinned Newfane’s Chris Johnstone in 30 seconds in the finals. In the semis, Callara pinned Zach Brown of Newfane in 23 seconds and Reynolds pinned Jacob Clark of Akron in 1:28.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Ed Wolfe works against Newfane’s Jake Kubola in the 170 pound title bout. Kubola scored decision win.

Wilson’s Wheeler pinned Katrell Jackson of Newfane in 1:43 in his title bout.

Barker/Roy-Hart had five third place finishers including Tyler Choate (106), Hayden Hathaway (113), Ryan Ulrich (138), DJ Gardner (152) and Jeremy Allen (170).

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Aaron Mulroy in action in the 182 pound title bout which saw Akron’s Joey Sarow post a decision win.

Akron had a quartet of third place finishers including Thomas Fischer (99), Andre Spohlotz (120), Jared Siska (1260 and Jacob Clark (195).

Rounding out the consolation winners were Charles Beach (182) and Kalvin Packer (220) from Medina, Blake Aina (132) and Justyn Haines (160) from Albion along with Adam Nowicki (145) and Kasey Kubiniec (285) from Newfane.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Dylan Burkhardt competes against Newfane’s Jake Warner in the 220 pound final. Warner emerged with a decision win.

Locally, the semifinal round action was highlighted by an exciting 11-10 decision win by Mulroy over Beach at 182. The Purple Eagles also bested the rival Mustangs in three other semis as Burnside decisioned Jacob Covert at 138, Wolfe pinned Brooklyn Moore at 170 and Burkhardt decisioned Packer at 220.

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Barker/Roy-Hart’s James Brady works against Akron’s David Case in the 285 pound title bout. Case posted a decision victory.