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Titles by Ram grappler, swim team highlight Roy-Hart’s year

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 31 December 2013 at 12:00 am

Photo by Cheryl Wertman – Roy-Hart’s Drew Hull captured a state wrestling title.

Roy-Hart senior Drew Hull captured the state 145 lb. wrestling championship with a narrow 2-0 victory in the title bout.

Hull, who went 44-0 on the season, advanced to the state championships by earning Niagara-Orleans League, Class C and Section VI titles.

The Rams also had Zach Bickle claim his fourth N-O title and earn the tournament’s Most Valuable Wrestler award.

Following on the heels of a successful merger between the Roy-Hart and Barker football squads three years ago, the R-H and Barker wrestling programs also merged for the new season which began in December.

The Roy-Hart boys swim squad continued to dominate the Niagara-Orleans League capturing a seventh straight title with a 10-0 record.

Roy Phipps was a double winner for the Channel Cats at the All-League meet in the 50 and 100 freestyle events as Jeff Durbin took the 200 free and Lyle Wagner the 100 butterfly.

When the new season began in December, the Channel Cats surpassed the 100 straight victory mark.

The Roy-Hart girls squad had a double winner at the All-League meet as Sarah DiMayo took the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly.