Twelve wrestlers from Western New York advanced to the semifinals in the first day of the New York State championships, which are taking place in the Times-Union Center in Albany. Eleven of them were seeded going into the event. The 12th winner pulled off one of the big upsets of the tournament, at least to this point.
Mason Hoose of Canisius knocked off the No. 1 seed in the 220 class in Division I, Ryan Ellefson of Goshen, in the opening round. The decision was scored 7-5 in favor of the Crusader. Hoose then won another match against a seeded foe, beating No. 8 Jason Cunningham of Brighton by a 12-3 score.
Five other local wrestlers moved on to the next-to-last round in Division I competition They are Justin McDougald of Niagara Wheatfield at 113 (No. 2 seed), Warren McDougald of Niagara Wheatfield at 132 (No. 7), Connor Day of Iroquois at 145 (No. 4), Jacob Smeader of Hamburg at 170 (No. 5), and Matt Cicco of Niagara Wheatfield at 182 (No. 2).
In Division 2, it was a good day for Falconer as the Falcons placed two wrestlers in the semifinals. They were Dylan Ingrao at 145 (No. 3 seed) and Cameron Page at 160 (No. 2) seed.
Others from Western New York to advance were Hector Colum of Fredonia at 132 (No. 3 seed), Tyler Smith of Pioneer at 195 (No 3), Jordan McLaughlin of Olean at 220 (No. 4), and Laith Alsous of Lewiston-Porter at 285 (No. 3).
Two MMA schools advance
The schedule for girls basketball was limited to two quartefinal games in the Msgr. Martin Athletic Association. Buffalo Seminary downed Niagara Catholic, 28-15. Grace Gallagher and Samantha Burlow had seven points each for the Red Hawks, who play Mount Mercy on Sunday.
St. Mary’s downed Nichols, 49-35. The Lancers, who improved to 19-4 on the season, moved on to play top-ranked Cardinal O’Hara.