Eden pins wrestling title
With the ECIC III wrestling title on the line in the final match of the season Thursday, Eden went all out for the victory. And it got it.
With 11 of 15 wrestlers moved up in weight class, Eden had four pins among its eight wins to earn a 45-34 victory at Alden.
Earning pins were Tom Page Jr. (138), Brady Bermingham (145), Jake Wisniewski (170) and Gavin Hunter (285). Page Jr. and Wisniewski were among the wrestlers who were competing in heavier classes.
Hunter's pin sealed the team victory as it made the score, 42-23, with four matches remaining. Eden (19-5 overall) finishes at 7-0 in ECIC III with Alden 6-1.
"We had a strategy to bump kids up to maximize our opportunity to win," said Eden coach Tom Page Sr. "We had quite a few injuries coming in. We had two guys wrestling three classes up. We just made sure the team knew it was going to be a team effort. It was, 'If we lose [a match], lose by a little bit; and if we win, win big, like by a pin.' It was a great matchup, a great crowd, very exciting. Alden did their part, too. They won seven but we recorded more pins [for more points]."
One of the top matchups of the night saw Brandon Hassenbohler, a top wrestler for Alden who has been in the Western New York rankings at 160 for much of the season, take on Zack Wisniewski, Jake's brother, who normally wrestles at 152.
"Zack was winning with 10 seconds left, and there was a mad scramble at the end and Brandon scored the takedown to win," said Page Sr. "It was a super match."
"Everyone played their part and held their sportsmanship even after the tough losses. They knew it was part of the big picture."
Lancaster skates to OT win
Eric Fetes scored his second goal off a scramble in front with six seconds left in overtime to give Lancaster a big Western New York Varsity Hockey Federation victory over Clarence, 4-3. Lancaster trailed twice in the third period, 2-1 and 3-2. Ryan Wheeler scored off an assist from John Chavanne with four minutes left to tie it at 3-3.
"We were able to get a stick on it and poke it through -- we got a little lucky there," said Clarence coach Kevin Miller. "It's a good stepping stone to pull off a big win like this at this time of the season as we head into the last five games."
Taylor Davis's hat trick accounted for all of Kenmore East's goals in a 3-2 victory over Grand Island. The winner for the Bulldogs (13-2-1) came with 9:35 left in the third period when Andy Robinson (two assists) found Davis in front.
Chavanne lifts WSW in OT
Allie Chavanne led the West Seneca West girls basketball team with 25 points Thursday night -- but she really led her team in overtime. She scored nine of the Indians' 10 points in the extra session to help West to a 49-44 victory over Sweet Home for the team's first ECIC I win.
Sophomore Kalyn Compeau came off the bench to hit seven of 10 shots for 14 points -- all in the second half -- to help Tonawanda surge to a 49-34 victory over visiting JFK.
Many sign for St. Francis
Akeel Lynch -- the standout running back who committed to Penn State this week -- is just the start of a long list of college-bound football players for St. Francis.
Two first-team All-Western New York linemen are headed to the Ivy League: Miles Bartholomew (Pennsylvania) and Joe Smith (Princeton). Also set for next year: linebacker Matt Morcio (Monmouth), lineman Alex Cauley (Army) and wide receivers Zach Wells (St. Lawrence), Mike Neville (Allegheny) and Pat Schichtel (Catholic).
Several other players are deciding between programs at levels from Division III to I-AA (now known as the Football Championship Subdivisions), including linebackers Raudric Parks and Derek Freitas, linemen John Denecke, Jeff Basty and Dan Mangino, wide receivers Dave Call, Tap Tasker and Dominic Buccieri and cornerback Will Hudson.
Canisius-St. Joe's tonight
Tonight's boys basketball lineup is loaded, and it starts with a matchup that is great every year: No. 3 large school St. Joe's hosts No. 1 Canisius at 7. Both teams had superb home victories last Saturday as St. Joe's knocked off state Class AA power Aquinas of Section V (Rochester area) while Canisius beat Cathedral Prep of Erie, Pa.
Other top games tonight include: MST Seneca at OTC Middle College in Yale Cup II (7 p.m.) and these 7:30 major matchups: Kenmore West at Niagara Falls in the Niagara Frontier League, Jamestown at Clarence in ECIC I, Section V (Rochester area) power Bishop Kearney at Bishop Timon-St. Jude in a nonleaguer and a CCAA II matchup, Portville at Silver Creek (both of which received votes in this week's small school poll).
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