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Rodriguez-Spencer finds the time ; Cheektowaga freshman wins 119 final, earns MOW; Iroquois is top team

Renaldo Rodriguez-Spencer made every second count in his 119-pound final at Saturday's ECIC Wrestling Championships at Clarence.

With just two ticks left the Cheektowaga freshman scored a takedown of Eric Lewandowski of Lancaster for a 4-2 win. The fantastic finish later earned him the tournament's Most Outstanding Wrestler award.

"I didn't want to go to overtime," said Rodriguez-Spencer. "I got him in a double leg and just kept on driving and finished it."

The team title went to Iroquois with 175 points, bolstered by three wins in the finals. Junior Jim Kloc of the Chiefs earned a major decision over Jake Weber of Clarence, 15-6, at 145. The win was the 192nd of his career and gives him a share of the school record with Matt Mariacher. The ECIC title was the third for Kloc, who improved to 36-1 this year.

Freshman Austin Acquard of the Chiefs got a takedown in the first 30 seconds of his match with Cody McGregor of Tonawanda and went on to a 3-0 win at 96 pounds. Iroquois senior Rodney Offhause blanked Jacob Petrowski of Cheektowaga, 10-0, at 189 pounds to improve his record to 39-3.

Clarence was second with 151 points edging out Alden with 150.5. The 19-team field did not include wrestlers from eight schools who canceled afternoon activities on Friday because of the weather.

The only pin in the finals was credited to senior Mike Kasprzak of Depew at 285 pounds, who pinned John Luke of Alden at 2:35. "I was going for a bear hug. I got double underhooks and he was fighting it, so I felt him push down, so I moved my arm over, grabbed his chin, slammed him to the mat and finished him with a cement job," said Kasprzak.

Lackawanna and Alden each won two weight classes. At 112, Abdulqawi Mohamed of the Steelers remained undefeated (34-0) with a 5-0 decision over Steven Michel of Lancaster. "I played smart, didn't attack. I wanted to see what he had first," said Mohamed. "He was trying to do the single leg, but I was prepared to protect it."

The Steelers' Ameen Haggara, who placed third at last year's ECICs at 145, earned an 8-2 win over Ryan Baer of Depew at 152.

Nick Foss of Alden had an early escape and used an underhook to get a takedown on the outside circle in his 4-0 win over Dave Lanphere of Jamestown in the 215 final. At 140, teammate Brandon Hassenbohler (33-5) decisioned Luke Falzone of Williamsville South, 5-3.

Tim Schaffer is only a sophomore at Lancaster, but he already has four ECIC titles on his resume. He scored a technical fall over Brandon Price of Pioneer, 20-5, at 135. He won at 96 pounds in seventh grade, 103 in eighth and 112 last year. Schaffer usually wrestles at 130.

Kellen Devlin, a seventh grader at Amherst, decisioned Edwin Le of Cheektowaga, 11-3 for the win at 103. His record improved to 29-0. He also beat Le in a dual meet.

Junior Dylan Cohen of Williamsville East got a first-period takedown and decisioned Alex Smythe of Eden, 3-2, at 125 pounds for the 101st win of his career. That avenged an early-season loss to Smythe at the NCCC Tournament. His 100th win came in the semifinals, 9-0.

Jordan McGregor of Tonawanda moved to 24-3 with a 6-0 decision over Jason Phillips of Maryvale at 130 pounds.

Junior Jacob Wisniewski of Eden outlasted No. 1 seed Corey Vail of Pioneer, 6-5, for the crown at 160. "It came down to conditioning and wanting it," said Wisniewski. "He was very good in the neutral position. Because of that he really put it to me. At the end it was a lot of perseverance and luck."

After having to settle for runner-up last year, junior Tony Lock of Pioneer won by technical fall over Will Bickelmann of Williamsville East, 16-1, to take the title at 171.

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