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Fredonia's Betts sets mark with title Sluberski breaks finger, loses final; four from WNY win championships

Kenny Betts is never one to concern himself with records. All the Fredonia senior does is wrestle extremely well and pile up wins.

The three-time Division II state finalist concluded his six-year varsity career as the state record holder in wins (269) and as a state champion, beating Craig Scott of Lyons (Section V), 2-0, in the 152-pound final.

Betts was one of four Section VI Division II champions and five finalists.

East Aurora's Matt Peters closed out his career winning the Division II 119-pound state title with a 4-0 victory over Quinton Murphy of Holley (Section V).

Kyle McGregor of Tonawanda won the Division II 112-pound crown with a 2-0 victory over Kyle Crisafulli of Phoenix (Section III). Crisafulli was a state finalist last season and 2007 state champ.

Pioneer's Kyle Colling finished the night with a 9-4 over Craig Amidon of Canisteo-Greenwood (Section V) in the 215-pound final.

One day after becoming the first female wrestler to reach the state semifinals, Fredonia's Carlene Sluberski advanced to the finals with a 6-5 victory over Eden's Tom Page, who had defeated Sluberski in the Section VI 96-pound final a week ago. Sluberski dropped a 7-2 decision to Jacob Goddeau from Peru (Section VII) in the final in which she sustained a broken finger on her left hand 15 seconds into the final.

Betts, who surpassed Winky Shepard's (Central Square) 267 victories, went 57-3 on the season and was 269-37 for his career, including 186 pins.

"I was basically surprised because I didn't think I could do it," said Betts of setting the state record. "I wasn't paying attention to all of that because I don't keep track of my record. I am pretty excited though."

The match was scoreless after one period, but Betts escaped 47 seconds into the second for a 1-0 lead. Betts kept pushing the pace, forcing Scott to receive a stall warning.

East Aurora's Peters was in the offensive position to start the second period and he capitalized. Peters executed a cross-wrist tilt 29 seconds in for three points, then rode out Murphy.

"The tilt is my best move so I knew that I had to get in good position and I knew what to expect," Peters said.

Peters took a 3-0 lead into the third period, then withstood furious Murphy attempts to turn him for back points.

Tonawanda's McGregor made a first-period takedown stand against Crisafulli. After Crisafulli rode out McGregor in the second period, McGregor was in the offensive position for the third.

"This whole tournament when I got the first takedown I was able to win," McGregor said. "I felt I could ride him out and win the match."

McGregor did just that, running legs, as Crisafulli failed to threaten an escape or reversal.

Colling's only loss this season came to Amidon a few weeks ago by a 2-1 score, but he made a big adjustment this time.

"I just needed to be more aggressive," Colling said. "I also went in with a good mindset, ready to wrestle."

Sluberski left her mark on the Fredonia program and the state championships with her performance. Despite the loss, the soft-spoken Sluberski will always remember this weekend and thanked her coaches, both high school and with USA Wrestling, for helping her achieve a high level.

"I was pretty excited to be here and lucky that I got a wild card," said Sluberski, who finished with a 50-5 season mark and 117-36 career record. "I was able to beat a few kids I had lost to. I was just really focused. I was really pleased with the way I performed."

Section VI small-school success did not end with the finalists as nine more wrestlers placed between third and sixth.

Salamanca's Josh Becker (160) and Gowanda's Dave Richter (171) took third; East Aurora's Kevin Kot (125) and Frewsburg's Jon Strong (152) were fourth; Eden's Tom Page (96), Frewsburg's Kevin Strong (103) and Dalton Scalf (125) and Maple Grove's Josh Micek (145) finished fifth; and Medina's Dominick Montesanti (140) was sixth.

On the large-school side, Niagara-Wheatfield's Angelo Malvestuto (171) finished third for a second consecutive season and teammate James Donner (285) was fifth. Malvestuto earned his third-place finish with a 7-1 win over Josue Mendez of Brentwood (Section 11). Cheektowaga's senior tandem of Jared Messina (130) and Clayton Reeb (160) both placed fourth; Lancaster's Tim Schaefer (103) finished fifth and Niagara Falls' Matthew Johnson (285) placed sixth. Malvestuto and Messina both advanced to the championship semifinals.

For more from the state championships, go to the Prep Talk blog at buffalonews.com/blogs

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