Devlin wins third title
Kellen Devlin of Amherst, a two-time state and Section VI champion at 126 pounds, won a third straight sectional title, this time at 132 pounds in the Class B wrestling meet at Cheektowaga.
Olean, with five first-place finishers and three runners-up in the 15 weight classes, took the Class B team title with 250.5 points. Pioneer (230.5 points) was next. Pioneer had three individual champions and one runner-up.
Niagara Wheatfield, ranked No. 1 in Western New York, won the Class AA team title at Lancaster with 238.5 points. The host Legends were next (190.5) and Lockport third (184). Anthony Argentieri of Kenmore West was Most Outstanding Wrestler after his victory at 120 .
Iroquois won the Class A championship at Starpoint. The Chiefs’ depth was enough to outscore Lake Shore, 229-190.5. Lake Shore had four first-place finishers to three for Iroquois, but the Chiefs had three seconds to only one for the Eagles.
Niagara Wheatfield’s victory was led by Justin McDougald (99 pounds), Vince Falvo (126) and Colin Goodrich (170). Lockport had wins by Mitch Seaver (106), Jamie Camarre (132), Steve Kapuscinski (152) and Robert Jones (195).
Jacob Vergien (120), Connor Day (138) and Tristan Almeter (152) won for Iroquois. Kyle Kilian (99), Frederick Eckles (132), Lawrence Jenkins (182) and Shaerod Rodgers won for Lake Shore.
Nick Bierfelt (99), Shane Pancio (126), Jordan Kayes (145), Zach Bierfelt (152) and Zac Spears (220) were Olean’s first-place finishers.
Blair sets state record
Lancaster senior Colin Blair set a state record in the weight throw with a heave of 68 feet, 4.75 inches Saturday in the Section VI Indoor Track and Field Championships at Houghton College.
Sweet Home and Lancaster dominated with two team titles each.
Sweet Home won the small-school boys and girls while Lancaster led the large schools in each.
Multiple winners were:
Sam Peterman (1,000 and 1,500), Tiana Luton (55 hurdles, high jump and long jump) for Sweet Home in the girls small-schools competition and Brianna McKenzie (shot put, weight throw) of Lancaster in the girls large-schools meet.
Among the boys: Tyler Summage (55 dash, long jump and triple jump) of Cheektowaga for small schools and Peter Rindfuss (1,600 and 3,200) of Hamburg, Tariq Taul (long jump, triple jump) of Niagara Falls and Blair, who also won the shot put.
Niagara Falls won the boys 4x200 and 4x400 relays for large schools while Lancaster captured the same events in the girls large-schools competition.
Caver reaches 1,000
Nia Caver is only a junior, but already she is a 1,000-point and all-time scoring leader for Tapestry Charter (14-3).
Caver scored 22 points in Saturday’s 69-15 rout of East. When she hit the 1,000 mark in the third quarter, coach Fran Snyder took her out of the game.
“She had 313 points her freshman year and keeps getting better,” Snyder said.