|NTL WRESTLING: GALASSO, BRADLEY PLACE SECOND AT RUGGED NFWOA TOURNAMENT — THREE OTHER WILDCATS PLACE (2019-01-05)
Valley Sports Report
SANBORN, N.Y. — Senior David Galasso and freshman Gavin Bradley each recorded second-place finishes, junior Keegan Braund finished fourth and two more of their teammates placed here over the weekend at the NFWOA Tournament at Niagara County Community College.
Sophomore Zach Stafursky finished sixth for the Wildcats, and junior Alex West placed eighth.
Falconer, the top-ranked Division 2 program in New York State, claimed the team title, while Division 1 power Niagara-Wheatfield finished second with 181 points, Niagara Falls was third with 178 points, and Grand Island was fourth with 165.5 points. Athens finished 11th in the 38-team field with 98.5 points.
At 170 pounds, Galasso recorded his third and fourth pins of the weekend to reach the finals. He pinned Thomas Blackwell of Canisius in 3:04 in the quarterfinals, then decked JoJo Dixon of Niagara Falls in 5:26 in the semifinals.
In the finals, Galasso dropped a wild 11-10 decision to Niagara-Wheatfield’s highly-regarded Josh Thibeault, now 26-2.
At 106 pounds, Bradley, who was 2-0 Friday, pounded out a 12-4 major decision over Webster-Schroeder’s Joe Berenson in the semifinals.
In the finals, Bradley dropped a 9-0 major decision to Gowanda standout David Ball, who also won the 106-pound at the SFWOA Tournament in mid-December.
At 285 pounds, Braund, who was 1-0 Friday, lost via fall to Newfane’s Jaden Heers in 4:44 in the quarterfinals, but bounced back with three straight wins to advance to third-place match.
Braund flattened Amherst’s Tyree Orange in 21 seconds his first wrestleback match, then pinned Ken-Ton’s Noah Michael in 2:56 to advance to the consolation semifinals, where he pinned Grand Island’s Jeremy Fridman in 3:29.
In the third-place match, Braund lost to St. Francis’ Eric Schon via third-period fall.
At 145 pounds, Stafursky, who was 1-0 Friday, was pinned in 4:34 by New York’s top-ranked 145-pounder Warren McDougald, now 25-0, of Niagara Wheatfield in the quarterfinals.
Stafursky bounced back with a 2-1 decision over Clarence’s Jimmy DiConstanzo, and a pin of Donald Sinclair of Niagara Falls in 2:54 in the fifth round of wrestlebacks.
In the consolation semifinals, Stafursky lost via second-period fall to Churchville-Chili’s Ty Raines to fall into the fifth-place match, which he lost via 15-0 technical fall to Webster-Schroeder’s Ethan Fargo.
At 160 pounds, West dropped a wild 13-7 decision to Lake Shore’s Lucianna Sciarrino in the quarterfinals, but bounced back in the fourth round of wrestlebacks with a hard-fourth 5-3 decision over Jake Thibeault of Niagara-Wheatfield.
West lost in the fifth round of the consolation bracket via a second-period fall to St. Francis’ Shane Roberts to fall into the seventh-place match, which he was forced to forfeit to due to a medical issue.
At 113 pounds, freshman Kaden Setzer, who was 1-1 on Friday, dropped his first match of the day, losing by fall to Tonowanda’s Joey McDonald in 2:20 in the second round of the consolation bracket.
At 132 pounds, freshman Lucas Forbes, who was 1-1 Friday, lost via fall in 3:59 to Falconer’s Joey Pilliteri in the third round of wrestlebacks.
Forbes won his first consolation-bracket match with a pin of St. Mary’s Ethan Craddock in 3:50.
At 182 pounds, junior Dylan Comstock, who was 0-1 Friday, opened with a 4-0 decision over Starpoint’s Beckham Peehler in the third round of wrestlebacks.
He was eliminated via a second-period fall at the hands of Canisius’ Braydon Vandenberg in the fourth round of wrestlebacks.
Athens returns to action Wednesday at Canton.
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