Roy-Hart/Barker wrestlers have three N-O champions crowned; Medina has two winners

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 13 January 2018 at 9:33 pm

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Albion’s Preston  Flugel, who captured his third title in four years, here works toward a quarterfinal win over Wilson’s Ben Wolfe during today’s annual Niagara-Orleans All-League Tournament at Albion.

A trio of Roy-Hart/Barker wrestlers earned championships today at the annual Niagara-Orleans All-League tournament held at Albion.

Ben Schwab (220) earned his second straight N-O title for Roy-Hart/Barker whose other winners were AJ Schafer (145) and Tyler Choate (152).

Schwab pinned Josh Stoldt of Akron/Alden in 5:15 in his title bout while Schafer pinned Joe Gates of Medina in 3:05 and Choate decisioned Zach Brown of Newfane 7-2. Choate, who earned his 100th career win on the day, was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.

Medina had a pair of champions in Colby Petrie (120) and Elijah Sones (195).

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Medina’s Colby Petrie, who won his second straight title, is show here in route to a quarterfinal win over Newfane’s Joey Balbuzoski.

Petrie had the day’s marathon match as he outlasted Newfane’s Ryan Nugent 3-2 in four overtimes on an ultimate tie breaker rule to capture his second straight N-O title.  He advanced to the finals with a pair of pins winning in  just 47 seconds in the quarterfinals and in 2:24 in the semifinals.

Sones nipped Akron/Alden’s Millard Young 3-2 in the finals. He scored a pin of 1:29 in the quarterfinals and then edged Albion’s Donamic Farley 3-1 in the semis.

Albion’s Preston Flugel (138) captured his third N-O title in the last four years by scoring a 10-0 major decision win over Akron/Alden’s Anthony Brandt in the finals. He quickly advanced to the finals by scoring pins of 35 seconds in the quarterfinals and of 1:14 in the semis.

Akron/Alden, which took top team honors on the day, had five champions including Josh Cummings (113), Owen Kissell (126), Tom Fischer (132), Robbie PeQueen (160) and Jacob Sarow (170). PeQueen and Sarow are both repeat champions.

In the finals Cummings decisioned Newfane’s Camden Rowels 11-7, Owen Kissell scored a 19-4 fall over Cole Kissell, Fischer decisioned Wilson’s Jake Sanborn 7-1, PeQueen notched a 18-2 technical fall win over Wilson’s Drew Westmorland and Sarow posted a 15-0 technical fall win over Newfane’s Caleb Aurenhamer.

Newfane, which finished second on the day in the team standings which was enough to earn the Panthers a fifth straight N-O championship, had a quartet of winners in Andy Lucinski (99), Adam Huntington (106), Julian Nixon (182) and Ty Casinelli (285). Lucinski and Casinelli are repeat champions.

In the finals Lucinski pinned Medina’s Rashawn Bloom in 1:19, Huntington scored a 15-0 technical fall win over Roy-Hart/Barker’s Brett Ricker, Nixon earned a 10-1 major decision win over Albion’s Ben Restivo  and Casinelli decisioned Wilson’s Josiah Carnegie 3-1.

Albion also had five third place finishers in Hunter Albright (145), Ugene Harrison (152), Tim Wells (160), Jessy Cruz (170) and Donamic Farley (195).

Medina had three third place finishers in Jake Bensley (126), DaRon Bellan (132) and Spencer Rotoli (285).

The other third place finishers included Luke Atlas (99), Allan Schultz (106), Cameron Guy (120) and Matt Lange (220) from Wilson, Christian Humbert (138) and Brady Jensen (182) from Akron/Alden and Trent Choate (113) from Roy-Hart/Barker.

Akron/Alden took the team tourney title with 217 points followed by Akron 190.5, Albion 147, Wilson 136, Medina 119.5 and Roy-Hart/Barker 118.5.

Newfane, which went 5-0 during the dual match portion of the season, retains the N-O championship with 14 points followed by Akron/Alden 13, Albion 9, Medina 5, Wilson 4 and Roy-Hart/Barker 0.

Contributed Photo – Fifteen champions were crowned today at the annual Niagara-Orleans All-League wrestling tournament held at Albion. They include, in front, Andy Lucinski (Newfane), Adam Huntington (Newfane), Josh Cummings (Akron/Alden)), Colby Petrie (Medina) and Owen Kissell (Akron/Alden). In the second row are Tom Fischer (Akron/Alden), Preston Flugel (Albion), AJ Schafer (Roy-Hart/Barker), Tyler Choate (Roy-Hart/Barker) and Robbie PeQueen (Akron/Alden). In the back row are Jacob Sarow (Akron/Alden), Julian Nixon (Newfane), Elijah Sones (Medina), Ben Schwab (Roy-Hart/Barker) and Ty Casinelli (Newfane).