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N-W repeats in mat officials meet

Niagara-Wheatfield gleefully feasted on the competition at the 26th Niagara Frontier Wrestling Officials Association Tournament and repeated as champions in the two-day, 34-team event at Niagara County Community College.

The Falcons finished with 215 1/2 points to edge Warsaw of Section V by 21 points.

N-W placed four wrestlers in finals with defending Section VI 171-pound champion Jake Koshinski finishing first with a two-day record of 5-0. Joe Silluzio also went 5-0 to capture the 130-pound title. Zack Lange (135 pounds) and Angelo Malvestuto (160) each finished second.

Niagara Frontier League teams had a good weekend at the tournament, capturing three of the top five spots to go with Lockport 145-pounder Matt Cinelli earning Most Outstanding Wrestler honors. The Lions finished fifth with 138 points.

Kenmore West finished fourth with 139 1/2 points as Nathan Skiba won the 125-pound title.

Other champions from Western New York schools included Bobby Burg (Roy-Hart), Nic Stella (Sweet Home), Nick Czapla (East Aurora), Brian Haas (St. Francis), John Taylor (Lockport) and Sam Montesanti (Medina).

In the Canandaigua Tournament, Clint Schaefer of Lancaster won the 112-pound title and teammate Derick Welch won the 119 crown as the Redskins finished third overall. Matt Mariacher won the 130-pound class to help Iroquois place fourth.


Boys basketball

The losing streak is over in Lackawanna. Marcus Rivers scored a game-high 29 points and added 15 rebounds, five steals and three blocks in the Steelers' 68-48 nonleague win over visiting Riverside.

Rivers scored 18 points in the first half to help Lackawanna bolt to a 41-21 lead and cruise to the win that snapped the program's first two-game losing streak in more than three years. The Steelers (6-2) lost at St. Joe's, 72-47, last Thursday after losing their first home game in four seasons Dec. 30 to East, 61-42.



Lancaster defeated a familiar foe to win the Oswego High School Hockey Tournament. The Redskins received two goals and an assist from Joe Karl and 15 saves from goalie Paul Dudish in blanking WNY Federation rival Sweet Home, 5-0. Brian Inman earned MVP honors for Lancaster (9-2-1).

Kenmore East kept shooting but it wasn't enough as it dropped a 3-2 decision to St. Lawrence in the championship game of the Norwood Norfolk Tournament. Matt Meyer and Sean Gardner scored for Kenmore East, which held a 49-15 edge in shots.

St. Francis will play for the title of its own invitational this afternoon after earning wins over St. Andrew's College, 5-2, and Wyoming Seminary, 7-5. Joe Zarbo had two goals in the first win, while Vinny Scarsella had a goal and two assists against Wyoming.

St. Francis plays Gilmour Academy of Cleveland at 2 p.m. at HSBC Arena.


Indoor track

West Seneca West's Jill O'Brien won the 55-meter dash in a school-record 7:33 seconds in the Southern Tier Invitational at Cornell. North Tonawanda's Jackie Burns set a school record in the 300 and helped the 1,600 relay team win in a school-record time of 4:14.69. She also won the 600.

Canisius' Sam LoPresti finished fourth in the unseeded mile at the Dartmouth Relays in Hanover, N.H.

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