Lancaster had more first-place wrestlers but Clarence's depth was more telling and the Red Devils won the team title in the ECIC Championships on Saturday at Starpoint.
Aiden Rabideau was Clarence's only winner, defeating teammate Antoine Walker by a major decision (11-2) in the 99-pound class. However, the Red Devils had three second-place finishers and two third-places to roll up 200.5 points in the team scoring, Pioneer, which had no individual winners but with two seconds and two third-placers, finished second with 182 points. Lancaster was third with 161 points.
Lancaster's weight-class winners were Parker Rozler (106), Joe Andreeseen (182) and Mason Mastrangelo (220), but the Legends had no second-place finishes and just two thirds.
Besides Walker at 99 pounds, Clarence got second places from Anthony Corigliano at 113, and Sean Kloss at 285. and thirds from Andy Burden at 120 and Christian Rider at 195.
Repeat champions were Johnny Putney of East Aurora at 126 (he won the 120-pound title in 2016), Jacob Smeader of Hamburg at 170 (won at 160 pounds in 2016), and Joe Ramunno of West Seneca East at 285 pounds. Putney won by major decision (11-2) over Trey Wiedemann of Pioneer. Ramunno won by a fall over Kloss of Clarence in 0:50.
Three defending Section VI champions from a year ago won titles. They were Connor Day of Iroquois at 152 pounds (he was 138-pound sectional Division I winner last season), Smeader who was the sectional Division I winner at 160 last year, Mastrangelo the sectional Division I champion at 220 pounds.
Two matches went to a tiebreaker. Zach Braddell of Tonawanda edged Matt Ganau of Williamsville South, 1-0, in the tiebreaker at 120 pounds and Andreesen of Lancater edged Dillon Knoll of Hamburg, 3-2, in their tiebreaker at 182 pounds.
Flames' Finley tops in diving meet at Lockport
Williamsville East senior Tim Finley, the defending Section VI champion, received perfect scores, 10s,, from two judges on one dive and one from another on another, in easily winning the Lockport Invitational Diving Meet Saturday. Finley, a three-time qualifier for the state championship, totaled 528.60 points,, easily outdistancing runner-up Antonio Guerrieri of Brockport High (Section V), who had 465.40. Logan Cross of Olean was third (383.76) while Jake Minnick of Lockport was fourth (378.70 and Casey Rosinski of Lake Shore fifth with 267.60.
Finley was the only diver to receive a score of 10 from any judge during the meet off the 1-meter board. In fact, he was the only diver to record all nines from the three judges. He received two 10s and 29.0 points on a reverse dive, tuck position and another 10 and 27.50 points for a forward 1 1/2 somersault tuck position and three nines and 27.0 points for an inward dive somersault tuck position.
Lancers win town duel
St. Mary's prevented Lancaster from getting off a final shot in the last 7 seconds Saturday and scored a 61-60 victory in their crosstown rivalry at the St. Mary's field house.
Eric Brown hit a three-point shot with 7 seconds left to give the Lancers the lad. St. Mary's committed a strategic nonshooting foul to foil Lancaster's attempt at a winning basket. The Lancers broke up a last-ditch attempt at a shot by deflecting Lancaster's inbounds pass allowing time to run out.
St. Mary's trailed by 10 points late in the third quarter while managing just 17 points combined in the two middle periods. The Lancers outscored Lancaster, 22-15 in the fourth quarter.
Christian Szablewski led St. Mary's with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Leguim Castillo and Vito Fulcinini had 12 points each for Lancaster.
Sherman's Robson goes over 1,000 points
Chris Robson of Sherman scored 33 points, including seven three-point baskets, and passed the 1,000-point mark for his career on Saturday in a 79-59 victory over Forestville.