The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

January 28, 2013

Tigers claim first out right Niagara-Orleans mat title

Staff Reports
Medina Journal-Register

Medina Journal-Register — BARKER - Completing an amazing last to first title run, Akron earned top honors at the annual All-League Tournament here Saturday to claim outright possession of the Niagara-Orleans League wrestling championship for the first time.

Akron, which brought a league leading 5-1 dual meet record into the tournament garned a total of 208 points on the day to lock up the N-O championship. Newfane finished second with 193.5 points follow by Medina 126.5, Albion 108, Roy-hart 102, Barker 94.5 and Wilson 88.

Akron's only other N-O mat title was a co-championship with Roy-Hart in 1985.

"Last to first,its been quite a turnaround," said third year Akron coach Joe Suhr whose Tigers had gone 0-6 during the regular season and finished last at the tournament each of the last two years. "Three years ago we started with only eight kids. Six of the eight are here and three won titles. The kids just did a great job in building the program up."

Akron was led by a quartet of individual weight class champions including Noah Karczewski (106), Matt Fiebelkorn (113), Garrett Schultz (160) and Adrian Ross (170).

The Tigers also one second place finisher in Joey Sarow (195() as well as six third place finishers including Ethan PeQueen (113), Jared Siska (120), Jordan Truglio (145), Peter Szlapak (160), Nick Paolucci (182) and Robbie PeQueen (99).

Medina had a trio of champions including repeat winner Matt Montesanti (285), Brennen Callara (99) and Nick Erway (120).

The Mustangs also had a quartet of third place finishers in Joe Velez (106), Ben Howell (132), Charles Beach (195) and Adam Eick (220).

Roy-Hart had a pair of repeat champions in Zack Bickle (126) ,who earned the tourney's Most Valuable Wrestler award for earning his fourth N-O title, and Drew Hull (152) who became a three-time champion.

The Rams also had Jake Stern (106), Alex Jensen (220) and Clayton Smith (285) finish second.

Host Barker had a pair of champions in Daniel Gardner (145) and Brandon Alt (182). 

The Raiders also had Brent Bachman (99) take second and Dillion Mangan (138) and Lukas Hanssen (285) place third.

Newfane also had two champions in Nate Martin (138) and Josh Seib (195) as Andrew Gelyon (120), Cyruc Simmons (132), Jake Kubala (152) all placed second.

Allbion's Aaron Burnside won at 132 and Wilson's Brian Kerwin at 220 to round out the list of champions.

Albion also had a trio of runners-up in Ed Narburgh (138), Kyle McGaffick (145) and Aaron Mulroy (182).

In helping Akron put a lock on the title, in their championship bouts Karczewski decisioned Stern 7-4, Fiebelkorn pinned Jon Shaffer of Wilson in 2:48, Schultz pinned Chase Wheeler of Wilson in 3:50 and Ross pinned Justin Stephenson of Wilson in 3:08.

Montesanti made a successful title defense by edging Smith 6-3 in doubleovertime while Erway pinned Gelyon in 1:19 and Callara decisoned Bachman 5-3 in their title bouts.

Bickle claimed his fourth title by pinning Paul Dunbar of Newfane in 1:40 and Hull earned his third title by decisioning Kubala 10-3.

In Barker's title wins, Gardner pinned McGaffick in 2:28 and Alt scored a 16-0 technical fall win over Mulroy.

Newfane's title wins saw Martin pin Narburgh in 3:01 and Seib decision Sarow 6-3.

The other title bouts saw Burnside decision Simmmons 7-5 and Kerwin pin Jensen in 5:22.

The N-O wrestlers will next compete in Section VI class tournaments this coming Saturday.