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N-W shows why it's No. 1 on mats

The Niagara-Wheatfield wrestling team backed up the No. 1 large school ranking it has held all season by defeating No. 2 Lancaster, 39-16, Saturday at the Lancaster Duals.

The Falcons completed a 9-0 dual meet season by defeating Lancaster and St. Francis (52-12).

"Lancaster is a tough team and we knew it was going to be a dogfight," said Niagara-Wheatfield coach Tim Lukasik. "It's nice to get a high-caliber win against a team like Lancaster this late in the season. The boys have definitely worked hard, and their hard work has paid off."

Niagara-Wheatfield won seven straight bouts against Lancaster after starting in an 8-0 hole. Sophomore Jehad Ali started the run with an overtime win at 119 pounds and senior Bob Scalzo won at 125. Wins by brothers Bob (a freshman at 130) and Angelo (an eighth-grader at 135) Malvestuto were followed by pins by junior Zech Lange (140) and junior Josh Sorley (145) and a decision by Nathan Wiseman. The run put the Falcons firmly in control even before two of their best wrestlers -- top-ranked 171-pound junior Jake Koshinski and 189-pound junior Darren Sneed won major decisions.

"Bob Malvestuto's win was big for us," said Lukasik. "From 119 on up, the momentum swung in our favor and we kept it going."

Lancaster took its early lead thanks to wins from freshman Clint Schaffer at 103 and sophomore David Miller at 112. Seniors Travis Hammer (160) and Mike Durwald (215) also won for the Redskins.

Niagara Falls, the Falcons' Niagara Frontier League rival which is unranked in the current top 10 poll, also beat Lancaster, 35-28, as part of a 2-0 afternoon.

Niagara-Orleans Tournament: Newfane won its first league championship since 2002-03 with 180 points to edge second-place Roy-Hart by 31 at Barker.

While that 2002-03 Panthers team was loaded with talent, this crew relied on depth to overcome Roy-Hart's five individual first-place finishes and help coach Dick Lang win his 12th title in 18 seasons.

Newfane senior Brad Martin won the 119-pound title by decisioning Roy-Hart's Ben Stopa in overtime, 5-3. Martin improved to 29-6, while junior 125-pounder Brad Werth was the other Panther to win an individual championship. He decisioned Nick Joy of Medina, 10-3. Newfane had three second-place finishes.

Medina's Sam Montesanti won the 275-pound title, 4-0 over Akron's Doug Bruning and was selected Most Outstanding Wrestler. Medina finished third with 128 1/2 points.

Ken-Ton Tournament: Jamestown's Andy Peterson (189 pounds), Justin Gessey (215) and Max Murray (96) all won titles in helping the Red Raiders capture the team championship with 131.5 points.

Alex Siedlecki of Clarence earned the award for most pins in least amount of time, recording four in 5:55.

Salamanca Invitational: Sweet Home's Nic Stella won the 125-pound title and Most Outstanding Wrestler honors. Salamanca was the highest Section VI finisher, placing fifth with 135 points. V-Bolivar-Richburg won with 194 points.

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