Wrestlers go for record
It looks like Jason Wartinger's school record for career wins by a Cheektowaga wrestler is going to suffer a takedown. Wartinger was 168-15 from 1988-1992.
Not one, but two current Cheektowaga wrestlers are on his heels. Senior Clay Reeb (160 pounds) is three away at 166-39. Senior Jared Messina (130 pounds) is five back at 164-22.
Both will continue their pursuit at today's Large School Team Championships hosted by Cheektowaga. Seven of the eight teams competing are ranked among the top 10 large schools in WNY. The competition begins at 9:30 a.m.
Messina is also one pin shy of this 100th. "Most people can't get 100 wins -- he's going for his 100th pin," said coach Matt Haberl.
WNY Relays today
The Western New York Indoor Track Relays are today at Fredonia. It's the first scoring meet of the new year and the first meet of the season where all 34 teams will participate together.
The Lancaster, Williamsville North and Hamburg teams combined to finish 1-2-3 last year. The Redskins look to defend their 4x200 meters relay title. This year's foursome includes seniors Mike Palma and Chris Nelson and juniors Drew DiRienzo and Dave Aoun. They currently have the best time in WNY at 1:34.45.
Lancaster's Geno Buono and Jon Luke Krywalski will defend their shot put relay title.
Williamsville North is the defending champ in the boys and girls triple jump, the girls 55 hurdle relay, the girls 4x200 and the girls double 4x160.
EA swim streak turns 40
East Aurora clinched its 40th straight division championship, capturing ECIC IV on Friday with a 101-41 rout of Alden.
Taylor Hogenkamp (200 free relay, 100 free), Jim Sundquist (butterfly, 200 free relay), Matt Malican (200 free, 200 free relay) and Jack Wynes (500 free, 200 free relay) each had a hand in the Blue Devils improving to 11-0.
North Tonawanda beat host Lewiston-Porter, 71-31, to clinch its first Niagara Frontier League title since 2003-2004. The Jacks take a 12-0 record into Monday's regular season finale, a tri-meet at home against Kenmore East and Kenmore West starting at 4:30 p.m.
The Jacks had two double winners against Lew-Port. Junior Scott Farrell won the 50 and 100-yard freestyles while junior Braden Kozlowski won the 200 and 500 frees. North Tonawanda also took first place in all three relays.
"We were prepared to go in there," said NT coach Paul Becigneul. "We have six or seven seniors who obviously contribute a great deal."
Canisius hosts crew event
Canisius High School will be the site of Sunday's Crewsader Erg Challenge, an indoor rowing event. Approximately 250 athletes from four states and Canada will be in the school's gymnasium competing on rowing machines. Heats begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m.
Each heat is a 2,000-meter race and is based on age and weight. There are high school and masters (over 18) divisions. A large screen on the gymnasium wall will show the progress of each rower by lane.
In other rowing news, the Canadian Indoor Rowing Championship were Feb. 1 in Mississauga's Hersey Centre. Canisius athletes, Allan Amico took gold in the Junior A division while James Hamp won gold in the Junior B division.