DEPEW — Keith Piccirilli has been around for a long time as Albion wrestling coach. 32 seasons worth of time.
Piccirilli added another milestone to his illustrious career on Saturday afternoon, surpassing 300 career victories as the Purple Eagles went 3-2 at the Depew Tournament. Albion tied for third place in the six-team tournament, as Williamsville East earned the title and Starpoint placed second.
"It's nice to get that out of the way," Piccirilli said of earning his 300th victory (with the three wins on Saturday, he is now at 301). "The tournament was a good test; we had a couple kids who had some tough matches, and it will help us in the long run."
A large contingent of Albion wrestlers went 4-1 on the afternoon, helping set the Purple Eagles up for success in the contest that also included teams from Williamsville North, West Seneca East and Depew. The four-win group included Blake Aina (132 pounds), Aaron Burnside (138), Justyn Haines (160), Ed Wolfe (170), Aaron Mulroy (182), Kollin Reynolds (195), and Dylan Burkhardt (220).
Albion defeated Depew (70-6), Williamsville North (51-30) and West Seneca East (48-39). The Purple Eagles fell to Starpoint by a 55-27 margin, and to Williamsville East by a 50-27 score.
Albion will open its Niagara-Orleans League schedule on Wednesday evening, in a home contest against Akron. The Purple Eagles improve to 4-2 on the season, after defeating Kendall in a non-league contest earlier in the week.
All things considered, Piccirilli was content with his team's effort on Saturday. Coupled with reaching the 300-win milestone, it made for a nice afternoon.
"It's about where I expected us to be," Piccirilli said.
Medina 4th at Maple Grove
BEMUS POINT — Freshman Brennen Callara won his bracket in the 106-pound weight class, as the Mustangs started their winter campaign strong by placing fourth of 14 teams on Saturday afternoon at the Maple Grove Kickoff Classic in Bemus Point.
Sophomore Joe Velez followed Callara's lead by winning his bracket in the 113-pound class, helping move the Medina squad toward the top of the pecking order.
Junior Nick Erway placed third at 120 pounds, junior Nick Doberstein took third at 132 pounds, and sophomore Kalvin Packer came in third in the 220-pound bracket. Sophomore Charles Beach took third in the 182-pound class, and junior Alex Gomez finished fourth in the 220-pound division.
The merged Pine Valley/Cattaraugus-Little Valley team won the tournament, in which a playoff-type bracket was created for each weight class. Each weight class required competing in between two and five matches in order to emerge victorious, depending on how many wrestlers were slotted in each particular division.
Medina now turns its attention to the Niagara-Orleans League season, as the Mustangs will begin league competition on Wednesday, hosting Wilson.
Akron wins Holley tourney
HOLLEY — The Holley Wrestling Tournament was held on Saturday afternoon, with five area schools competing for the title. Joe Sarow of Akron and Martin Beadle of Holley were named the event's Most Valuable Wrestlers, as Akron earned the event crown and the Holley A squad took second place.
Akron went undefeated on the day at 5-0, while the Holley A team finished at 4-1. Eastridge finished third at 3-2, Canisius took fourth at 2-3, and Red Jacket finished fifth at 1-4. The Holley B squad rounded things out at 0-5.
Newfane takes Tonawanda tourney
TONAWANDA — Coach Sal Montesani's Panther squad came out strong at the Tonawanda Team Tournament on Saturday afternoon, winning all seven of its matches and emerging as champion.
Newfane was led by Jake Warner, who went undefeated at 7-0 on the day. Newfane wrestlers to go 6-1 included Nate Martin, Jake Kubala and Chris Johnstone. Casey Kubiniec, Jordan Brawley, Katrell Jackson, Andrew Gelyon, Zach Brown, Jordan Camarre and Julian Nixon all finished 5-2 for the Panthers.
Newfane opens its league slate tomorrow evening, in a home contest against the merged Barker/Roy-Hart squad.
Notre Dame 50, Albion 33
ALBION — The Purple Eagles boys swim team is not far off.
Throughout the early season, the under-manned Albion squad has turned in a collection of spirited efforts, with its swimmers stepping up to win plenty of individual events. It was no exception on Friday afternoon, as Albion's Dan Beam won the 50 freestyle and Morgan Seielstad emerged victorious in the 500 freestyle.
It wasn't quite enough for the victory, though, as Albion fell to Notre Dame-Batavia by a 50-33 margin, in a non-league contest at the Albion HS pool.
Albion also emerged victorious in the 200 medley relay, as Beam and Seielstad teamed up with Tim Blue and Bailey Maier.
Albion returns to action tomorrow afternoon, opening the Niagara-Orleans League season in a 4:30 p.m. contest at Roy-Hart. The Purple Eagles are now 0-4 on the young season.
Roy-Hart 91, Wheatland-Chili 44
MIDDLEPORT — The Rams continued to roll through their non-league schedule, notching a comfortable victory over Wheatland-Chili on Saturday afternoon.
Roy Phipps led the Roy-Hart squad with victories in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, while Nich DiNardo won the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. Lyle Wagner held his own with wins in the 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley.
Coach Bruce Matthews' Roy-Hart squad improves to 4-0, and will open its N-O league slate tomorrow afternoon, in a home meet against Albion.
Medina 97, Oakfield-Alabama 82
MEDINA — Austin Heil led the Mustangs with victories in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle, as the Mustangs earned a 15-point victory over Oakfield-Alabama in a non-league meet on Saturday afternoon.
The Mustangs, winners of two straight, are now 2-1 and open their league schedule tomorrow in a road test at Barker.
Barker 85, HAC 82
BARKER — Casey Webb emerged victorious in the 100 freestyle, as the Raiders withstood a game effort from HAC to earn a hard-fought win in a non-league boys swim meet on Saturday afternoon.
Barker improves to 4-0 on the season, and will open its league season tomorrow afternoon in a home contest against Medina.
Notre Dame 39, Albion 33
ALBION — Elizabeth Furmanski helped the Lady Purple Eagles get off to a strong start with a victory in the 200 individual medley, but Albion suffered a narrow defeat to Notre Dame-Batavia in a non-league swim meet on Friday evening.
Brooke Wilson won the 100 freestyle for coach Carlos Burroughs' Albion squad, while Wilson and Furmanski combined with Olivia Neidert and Clara Stilwell to win the 400 freestyle relay.
Albion falls to 0-4 on the season and will open league competition tomorrow at Roy-Hart.
Roy-Hart 109, Wheatland-Chili 49
MIDDLEPORT — Wheatland-Chili was no match for the Lady Rams, as Roy-Hart cruised to an easy victory in a non-league girls swim meet at the Roy-Hart HS pool on Saturday afternoon.
Calee Coleman won the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle for the Lady Rams, while Lindsay Yates emerged victorious in the 100 freestyle and 500 freestyle.
Roy-Hart improves to 4-0 on the season and will face Albion at home tomorrow afternoon.
Medina 112, Oakfield-Alabama 55
MEDINA — Coach Mary Dooley's Lady Mustang squad thoroughly dominated the opposition in an easy victory over Oakfield-Alabama in a non-league meet on Saturday afternoon.
Emma Gardner won the 50 freestyle for Medina, while Max Wright emerged victorious in the 100 freestyle. Krista Nellist won the 100 backstroke, and Haylee Cogovan won the 100 breaststroke.
Medina also won all three relay races to help pad its lead, as the Lady Mustangs remain undefeated at 3-0 on the young season.
Barker 96, HAC 71
BARKER — Brooke Targus led the Lady Raiders with a victory in the 200 individual medley, as Barker improved to 4-0 on the season with a comfortable victory over HAC in a non-league meet on Saturday afternoon.
Anie Carestia won the 100 butterfly for the Lady Raiders, while Hayley Richbart emerged victorious in the 100 breaststroke.
Barker returns to action tomorrow afternoon in a home contest against Medina.