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Wrestling teams pin down titles Canisius ends St. Francis' run

Wrestling dominated the scene Wednesday night with title matches in five leagues.

Sparked by Michael Keleher's overtime victory at 103 pounds, Canisius rallied for a 26-25 win over St. Francis, ending the Red Raiders' seven-year championship run in the Monsignor Martin Association. St. Francis had won every league title since 1999.

Captain Michael Bielecki and Jim McGrath were among the winners for the Crusaders, who went undefeated in the league.

"I'm floating right now as a coach. This was pretty incredible to defeat the defending champions like that," said Canisius coach Chris Heximer. "We dedicated our win to Brett Reilly, our senior co-captain who had to miss most of the season with an injury. . . . It was a strong motivator."

Niagara-Wheatfield (7-0), ranked No. 1 in Western New York, wrapped up the Niagara Frontier League dual meet championship with a 43-15 win over No. 7 Kenmore East (6-1). Four Falcons registered pins -- Antonio Ventry at 102 pounds, Nathan Wiseman (145), Matt Schnittker (160) and Jake Koshinski (171).

Lancaster, missing injured starters Sam Palowski and Nick Argentieri, still defeated West Seneca West, 35-28, to clinch its 11th straight ECIC I championship, completing league play with an 8-0 record.

In Southern Tier I, Kenny Betts scored a pin at 119 pounds and Nick Polvino came back from 13-4 for a pin at 125 to wrap up Fredonia's 42-20 win over Southwestern, giving the No. 2 ranked (small school) Hillbillies the league championship. Junior Brandon Strandberg (140) scored his 150th career win for Fredonia while teammate Chris Conti, ranked No. 1 at 96 pounds, decisioned second-ranked Steve Madison in their 103-pound match.

Newfane (13-0, 6-0) handed Roy-Hart its first league loss, 42-23, in a Niagara-Orleans league showdown. The Panthers got pins from Ben Starkey at 105 pounds and Dan Walker at 215.


Boys swimming

Canisius took first place in nine of the 10 events and won a fourth straight All-Catholic boys swimming championship at the Flickinger Center.

Meet MVP Dan Donnarumma, Dan Carver and Jim Losi of the Crusaders each won two individual events. Carver anchored two winning relay teams, and Donnarumma, a junior, swam on two winning relays.

Last year, St. Joe's won nine of 11 events, but Canisius took the team title with its superior depth. The Marauders were not a factor this year, finishing third behind Canisius and St. Francis.

Mike Hoak of St. Francis won the 100-yard butterfly to prevent a Canisius clean sweep.


Boys basketball

Niagara Frontier: First-place Lockport (7-1) won its fifth league game in a row, overcoming a slow start for a 73-54 win over Lewiston-Porter. Joe Wagner had 18 points and 16 rebounds while Jeff Chapman had 16 points and Jon Maroney 12 for the Lions.

Niagara-Orleans: Newfane and Medina, among the four teams tied for 10th place in the small school rankings, both won. Rob Linhard scored 19 and Mike Jett 18 as Newfane (9-1) won at rival Wilson, 61-38. . . . Thirty-two points, 17 in the third quarter, by Casey Tuohey helped Medina (8-1) keep pace with a 69-55 victory at Roy-Hart.


Girls basketball

Monsignor Martin: Nardin (No. 2 large schools) improved its North Division record to 10-1 with a 47-32 triumph over Villa Maria. Sarah Sciarrino scored 10 of her 14 points and Kendra Brim all of her 12 in the second half for the Gators.. . . . Laura Mullane hit a career-high 22 points and Katie Carroll had 17 as Mount St. Mary remained unbeaten in the South Division with a 69-49 win at St. Mary's of Lancaster.

CCIAC I: Allegany-Limestone (No. 1 small schools) went on a 19-9 third-quarter run and defeated Fredonia, 53-39. Brittany Martin had 19 points and Lacey Grove 11 boards for the Gators.



Three-time All-Western New York soccer player Kathleen Dipasquale of Williamsville North signed with Canisius.

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