Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — From the opening whistle, the Mustangs asserted themselves as the dominant team in Wednesday’s league-opening wrestling match against Wilson.
Medina wrestlers proved themselves to be stronger and more technically sound, winning some matches quickly, while emerging victorious in others after slowly wearing their opponents down.
Any way you look at it, it was a successful night for Medina wrestling. Coach Eric Gross’s Mustang squad cruised to a 78-12 victory over the Lakemen, improving to 1-0 in league play. Wilson falls to 0-1 in the N-O league.
“It was a good start for us in the league,” Gross said. “A good confidence builder, and we’ll just keep trying to get better as a team.”
Medina totaled nine pins overall, including seven that came in the first period of competition. The Mustangs used authoritative pins from Hunter Freeman (120) in 36 seconds and Jacob Covert (138) in 57 seconds, as well as from Ben Howell (152) in 50 seconds and Ryan Kruger (195) in just 34 seconds.
The sizable crowd cheered on the Mustang wrestlers throughout the night, providing constant support while Gross and the Mustang staff offered advice and encouragement from the sideline.
Medina also earned first-period victories courtesy of Charles Beach (182), Nick Erway (126) and Trevor Pittard (285), as well as a second-period pin by Nick Doberstein in the 132-pound weight class.
Medina’s Kalvin Packer earned an overtime victory in the 220-pound weight class, as did Cody Crane at 170 pounds.
Wilson’s Kevin Wisinger registered a pin at 145 pounds, in the losing cause for the Lakemen.
Medina resumes league action next Wednesday, in a 6 p.m. contest at Akron.
Albion 46, Le Roy 37
LE ROY — Coach Keith Piccirilli and the Purple Eagle wrestlers bounced back from a crushing league-opening defeat at the hands of Akron on Wednesday, coming through in the clutch to earn a non-league victory at Le Roy on Thursday evening.
The Albion squad trailed up until the last two matches of the evening, but won the final two to steal the win. In the 220-pound weight class, Albion’s Kollin Reynolds defeated his opponent by majority decision, 17-5, to secure the match.
Four Albion wrestlers earned pins on the evening, including Ed Wolfe (170), who pinned his Le Roy opponent in just 36 seconds.
Blake Aina (132) earned a pin in 1:57, while Aaron Burnside (138) pinned his opponent in just 1:24. Justyn Haines also pinned his opponent in the 160-pound weight class, taking 1:34 to accomplish the feat.
Akron 78, Albion 11
ALBION — After a heartwarming performance on Saturday that saw veteran coach Keith Piccirilli register his 300th career victory, the Purple Eagles fell back to earth with a severe defeat at the hands of Akron in a league-opening match on Wednesday evening.
Aaron Mulroy earned a pin for Albion, while Aaron Burnside came away with a victory courtesy of a technical fall, but it wasn’t enough for the Purple Eagles.
Albion falls to 0-1 in Niagara-Orleans League competition, while Akron starts off strong at 1-0.
Buffalo Arts 61, Roy-Hart 59
MIDDLEPORT — The Rams carried a commanding lead into the fourth quarter, but couldn’t hold on to secure their first win of the young season, in a non-league game against Buffalo Arts on Wednesday evening.
Coach Mark Rydza’s Roy-Hart squad opened up a 15-12 lead after the first quarter, and extended the margin to 36-27 at halftime. The Rams used a 12-9 advantage in the third quarter to make the score 48-36 after 24 minutes of play, but that’s when Buffalo Arts caught fire.
Buffalo Arts used a 25-11 fourth quarter to secure a narrow 61-59 victory, dropping Roy-Hart to 0-2 on the season, heading into Niagara-Orleans League play.
Andy Xapsos and Alex Stoddard led Roy-Hart with 13 points apiece in defeat, while Austin Heschke added 11 for the Rams.
Isiah Griffin of Buffalo Arts scored 10 of his game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter, while Ivan Harris had 13 points, 12 assists and 10 steals for Arts (3-1). Griffin added six steals.
Roy-Hart opens its N-O slate tonight, with a home contest against Wilson. Start time is slated for 6:30 p.m.
Medina opens league slate tonight
Coach Tom Forrestel’s 2-0 Medina boys basketball squad is ready to open its Niagara-Orleans League schedule tonight, in a road contest against defending league champion CSAT.
CSAT, which went unbeaten in the league last season at 14-0, looks to pose a stout challenge to the Mustang squad. Medina has opened its season with convincing victories over Oakfield-Alabama and Burgard, as both wins have come by double digits.
Tip-off is slated for 6:30 p.m., at the CSAT gym in Buffalo.
The Barker boys team travels to Newfane for a 6:30 p.m. contest, and Albion hosts Akron in a 7 p.m. start.
The Medina girls squad also opens league play tonight, hosting CSAT in a 6 p.m. start. The Lady Mustangs have dropped season-opening non-league contests to Oakfield-Alabama, Pembroke and Lyndonville, and league play presents a fresh opportunity for coach Ken Haak and the Medina girls to get their season back on the right track.
The Barker girls host Newfane at 6:30 p.m., while Albion travels to Akron for another 6:30 p.m. contest.
Wilson 53, Lew-Port 22
WILSON — Coach Brian Baker’s Lakewomen squad continued its torrid start to the season, as Emily Lasher led Wilson with 20 points, 10 rebounds, seven steals and five assists in a convincing victory over Lew-Port, in the first round of the Wilson Tip-Off Tournament on Thursday evening.
Dana Smith added nine points and 10 rebounds for the Lakewomen, while Allie Bubar had eight points, eight rebounds and six assists.
Wilson took a 29-8 lead at the half, bolstered by a convincing 16-2 second quarter. The Lakewomen never looked back, as they improve to 3-0 on the young season, 1-0 in the Niagara-Orleans League.
The majority of the N-O slate begins tonight, but Wilson’s league opener against Roy-Hart (a 53-16 Wilson victory) was bumped up to Tuesday night to accommodate the Tip-Off Tournament.
Wilson will face Starpoint in the tournament championship at 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. St. Mary’s of Lancaster will face Lew-Port in the consolation game, with tip-off slated for noon.