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High School Extra: Lancaster claims ECIC wrestling title

Lancaster won three weight classes and was runner-up in two to claim the team crown at the ECIC wrestling championships held at Starpoint Saturday.

The Legends finished with 173.5 points, while Iroquois was second with 153 and Clarence third with 151.5.

Lancaster’s Jake Harry (106 pounds) and Ryan Stencel (160) won decisively via technical fall and major decision, respectively. At 220, Joe Andreessen beat Pioneer’s Mike Rigerman by a 5-1 decision.

The Red Devils were the only other team to win multiple classes. Aiden Rabideau won by 4-2 decision over Lancaster’s Parker Rozler in 113, and Anthony Corigliano won by a 19-3 tech fall in the 126 final. Cory Day won by a 9-2 decision in the 152 final for Iroquois’ lone win of the meet.

Depew/Cleveland Hill’s Carson Alberti (99), Jamestown’s Cody Pool (120), Amherst’s Anthony Maiola (182) and Maryvale’s Nick Costanzo (195) each won their final via fall.

Tonawanda’s Zach Braddell won the 132 final by a 12-3 major decision.

Winning by decision were Williamsville North/East’s Vinny Catanzaro (138), East Aurora’s John Putney (145), Frontier’s Derek Wojciechowski (170) and Starpoint’s Anthony Robinson (285).

Robertson a double winner

Williamsville South senior Amberlee Robertson took first place in the 1,000 (3:17.6) and 1,500 (5:15.4) meters at the B/D Meet at Buffalo State.

Cheektowaga sophomore Alli Alvira also finished first in two events. She won the triple jump with a leap of 33 feet, 1 inch and also tied Williamsville South senior Jai’lyn Knight-Oliver in the 55 hurdles with identical times of 9.56 seconds.

Clarence junior Mariahn Plesh won the 3,000 in 11:54.9, while the Red Devils came in first in the 4x400 and 4x800 relays.

Iroquois senior Kathryn Blair won the 600 (1:40.3), and junior teammate Laina Caparaso finished first in the 300 (44.2).

The 1,500 racewalk went to Lancaster sophomore Gabriella Czech (9:21.3), and the Legends also won the 4x200 relay.

McKinley freshman Markira Garner won the 55 (7.50), Williamsville North senior Chloe Hurrell the long jump (15-11.75) and Kenmore East senior Emily Bandinelli the high jump (4-6).

Barnes jumps to wins

In boys action at the B/D Meet, Niagara Falls senior Rodney Barnes won the long jump and triple jump with leaps of 21 feet, 8 inches and 41-5.5, respectively.

Lancaster sophomore Jared Rogalski took first in the 600 (1:27.6) and also combined with junior Armani Merlino and seniors Matt Skakal and Griffin Venditti to win the 4x800 relay (8:48.2). Junior teammate Aiden Zerkowski jumped 6-1 to win the high jump.

Kenmore East junior John O’Connell won the 300 (37.9) and anchored the 4x200 to win the relay with fellow juniors Connor Alderman, Nick Coburn and Matt Geary in 1:41.7.

Cheektowaga senior Art Jordan won the 55 (7.20) by one-tenth of a second over Iroquois senior Parker Valvo, while senior teammate Andrew Reichert came in first in the 55 hurdles (8.23).

Also victorious on the boys side was West Seneca East senior Josh Glaub in the 1,000 (2:48.2), Williamsville South senior David Bergamasco in the 1,600 (4:38.9), Clarence junior Dan Daddario in the 3,200 (10:14.2) and North Tonawanda in the 4x400 relay.

East completes comeback

The Kenmore East boys hockey team scored the game’s final four goals to pull out a 4-3 come-from-behind win over Williamsville South at the Northtown Center.

“This was a confidence boost because we lost a tough game to Starpoint in OT and against West Seneca West we were within a goal late before losing by two,” East coach Kyle Pray said. “We’ve been in every game this year so it was nice to get over the hump in this one.”

Dave Uptegrove’s power-play goal got the Bulldogs on the board at the end of the second period. East scored their final three within 2:24 of each other in the third period, starting with Mike Greiner with 5:26 left on the clock.

Russ Riggio tied it from in close a minute later and Dom Cassillo netted the winner off a rebound with 3:02 left.

East’s Anthony Kowalski came in goal with 9:01 left in the second period and saved all 12 shots he faced.

Elsewhere, Nick LaFornara scored the game-winning for Williamsville East with 30 seconds left in overtime to give the Flames a 4-3 win at Section V’s Hilton. Sam Pastore had two goals for East.

The Flames took a 3-2 lead with 1:30 left in regulation, and Hilton tied it at 3-3 with 30 seconds to go.

Panthers edged at Aquinas

East senior Willard Anderson scored a game-high 33 points, 21 from beyond the three-point arc, in a close 71-68 loss at Aquinas. Classmate Waunya Shaw added 18 points. Four Aquinas players had at least 13 points.

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