|NTL WRESTLING: ATHENS ADVANCES FIVE TO QUARTERFINALS AT RUGGED NFWOA TOURNAMENT (2019-01-04)
Valley Sports Report
SANBORN, N.Y. — Athens has five wrestlers alive in the quarterfinals and two more in wrestlebacks after Day 1 action here Friday in the NFWOA Tournament here at Niagara County Community College.
Junior Alex West and senior David Galasso each went 2-0, while freshman Gavin Bradley, sophomore Zach Stafursky, and junior Keegan Braund were each 1-0.
Freshman Kaden Setzer went 1-1 Friday, and junior Dylan Comstock was 0-1. Both are alive in the consolation bracket.
Falconer, New York’s top-ranked Division 2 team, leads the team standings with 86.5 points, with Niagara Falls in second with 75.5 points, Clarence in third with 72.5 points, and Niagara-Wheatfield in fourth with 69.5 points. Athens is in 13th place in the 38-team field with 35.5 points.
At 160 pounds, West edged Keenan Westfall of Lancaster, 5-3, in the opening round. In his next match, West topped Southwestern’s Tate Bryant, 10-6.
West will face fourth-seed Lucianno Sciarrino of Lake Shore in the quarterfinals.
At 170 pounds, Galasso who is the third seed, registered a pair of falls. He opened the day with a pin of Ken-Ton’s Nestor Hernandez in 3:06, then followed it up with a pin of Falconer’s Brock Johnson in 3:16 in the second round.
Galasso will square off with sixth-seed Thomas Blackwell of Canisius in the quarterfinals.
At 106 pounds, Bradley, the 10th-seed, won his only match of the day, forging a 14-5 decision over seventh-seeded Adam Huntington of Newfane.
Bradley will face second-seeded Carson Alberti of Depew in the quarterfinals.
At 145 pounds, ninth-seed Stafursky, who received a bye in the opening round, topped Jamestown’s eighth-seeded Dwayne Hannold, 10-6, in the second round.
Stafursky will face top-seeded Warren McDougald, who is also the state’s top-ranked Division 1 grappler at 145 pounds, in the quarterfinals.
At 285 pounds, sixth-seed Braund, who received a bye in the first round, pinned Jamestown’s Michael Houghton in 33 seconds in the second round.
Braund will face third-seed Jaden Heers of Newfane in the quarterfinals.
At 113 pounds: Kaden Setzer lost via 19-4 technical fall to Frontier’s Adam Kowalski in the opening round.
He bounced back with a 2-0 win over Starpoint’s Dylan Lyness in his first wrestleback match.
At 182 pounds, junior Dylan Comstock, who received a bye in the opening round, lost via fall to Amherst’s Aman Deo in the second round. He also received a bye in the consolation bracket.
At 99 pounds, sophomore Kyler Setzer was 1-2 on the day. He lost via technical fall in the opening round, but bounced back with an 18-2 technical fall win over Anthony Raczka of Cheektowaga.
Kyler Setzer finished the tournament with a loss via fall to Frontier’s Luke Ventresca.
At 126 pounds: freshman Karter Rude lost via fall in 1:45 to Medina’s Colby Petrie in the opening round, then bounced back in his first wrestleback match with a pin of Niagara-Wheatfield’s Noah Bennett in 50 seconds.
He was eliminated by Lake Shore’s Julian Martin in a hard-fought, 8-7, decision.
At 138 pounds, freshman Troy Jennings went 0-2, including an 8-4 loss to Amherst’s Jake Leclerc in the consolation bracket.
Junior Collin Martin (152 pounds) and Tyler Coy (195) were both 0-2.
Day 2 action begins at 9 a.m.
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