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High School Extra: St. Francis wrestling wins state duals title

The St. Francis wrestling team is heading back from Long Island with some championship hardware.

Coach Mike Messore’s Red Raiders won the New York State Catholic High Schools Athletic Association Dual Meet Championships at St. Anthony’s by rattling off eight consecutive victories, including one over the top-seeded hosts.

The only other year a Monsignor Martin school won the duals title was in 2015, also by St. Francis.

St. Francis lost its first match of the two-day event to Monsignor Farrell, 45-33, before winning its final four on Saturday.

On Sunday, the team bounced back from a flat start to win its final four matches.

St. Francis shot out to a 30-0 lead in the final match, but Chaminade closed the gap to 42-37. Senior captain Connor Miller sealed the title with a pin to bring the final score to 48-37.

St. Joe’s also competed at the tournament, going 4-1 on Saturday and 2-2 on Sunday.

St. Francis’ Dominik and Nolan Thomas each went 9-0, while teammates Slade Merk and Marcus Muffoletto and St. Joe’s Ben Parish and Ty Slaugenhoupt all went 8-1.

On Saturday, Starpoint grappler Anthony Robinson recorded his 100th career victory at the Ken-Ton Invitational.

Sardina sets school record

Brett Sardina scored once in Williamsville North’s 6-1 boys hockey win over Bishop Timon-St. Jude to break the school record for goals in a season with 23. Andrew Bruno added a goal and two assists for the Spartans.

Elsewhere, Lew-Port’s Jacob Peters recorded a natural hat trick to lift the Lancers to a 4-3 win over Amherst.

Orchard Park’s Ryan Niles and Nathan Cox both scored twice in a 5-1 win against Lancaster.

Jimmy Grable and Ethan Louisos each had two goals in St. Joe’s 4-0 win against Clarence, while Dan Mikolajczak earned the shutout.

Frontier’s Nate Dolan and Brandon Holland had two goals a piece in a 4-2 nonleague win against Section III’s Mohawk Valley.

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