East wrestling dominates Akron Tournament
Williamsville East is ranked 10th among Western New York large schools but they certainly made the Section VI high school wrestling world take notice after winning last Friday's Akron Tournament at Akron High School.
East took home top honors with 184 points. West Seneca East, who defeated Williamsville East in a dual, 33-18, on Dec. 19, was second with a team score of 152.5. West Seneca East is ranked sixth in WNY large schools. Jamestown, ranked fourth in WNY large schools and an honorable mention in the state, finished sixth at Akron with 75 team points.
"The kids wrestled out of their minds," said East coach Henry Fumerelle. "They were brutally aggressive. We're ranked 10th in Western New York and wanted to make sure people knew that we belonged."
Ten Flames grapplers advanced to the final round and four - Sam Beichner, Ben Mikac, Jayson Dieckman and MP Joseph - earned their first championships.
Beichner, a freshman, beat Lyndonville's Sam Recco, 5-3, at 96 pounds. Recco was 14-2 heading into the match. Beichner finished the tournament 3-0.
Mikac, a sophomore, went 4-0 at 112 and beat Leroy's Tyler Fenstermaker, 8-6, in the final. Dieckman, a senior, defeated Dylan Geertman of Akron, 5-2, at 152. Joseph, another sophomore, beat West Seneca East's Jeremy Gallante, 10-6, for the 189 title. Gallante pinned Joseph in a match last season.
Seniors Max Cohen and Matt Calleri and sophomore Brandon Munoz each took home second place.
Cohen, 2-1 on the day, fell 10-6 to Lyndonville's Mike Green at 130. Calleri avenged a 1-0 loss to Sweet Home's Matt Danwin in a dual earlier this season to win 6-1 in the semifinal only to fall 2-1 to Lyndonville's John Brabon. Danwin went 3-1. Fumerelle said Calleri had an escape but the referee didn't count it. Munoz improved his record to 11-3 with a 3-1 mark at 140. Munoz was pinned in 3:56 by Maple Grove's Josh Micek in the final.
Sophomore Jacob Beichner and senior Sean Trabert each took home third place trophies with 3-1 records at 125 and 145, respectively. At 285, sophomore Ryan Tideswell avenged a pinfall loss to Steve Greco in a dual meet earlier this season with a 4-2 victory.
Sophomore Steve Meyer earned Williamsville East team points with two pins in wrestlebacks at 160.
It was the Flames' second team tournament victory in a season since 1978. East won the Maple Grove Kick-off Classic on Dec. 1.
Sophomore Daiquann Burney was the only Panthers' wrestler to make it to a finals match at Akron.
Burney, in his first tournament final appearance, lost 3-2 at 103 to Leroy's Jesse Brennan.
Sweet Home coach Jeff Hess said Burney took Brennan down as time expired.
"If the match lasted a second later, he would have taken first," said Hess.
Burney was unseeded. He finished 2-1.
Sophomore Gage Bateman took fourth at 130. Hess said Bateman injured his shoulder in the first period of the third-fourth match. Bateman lost to Lyndonville's Mike Greene on a two-point takedown in overtime.
"Gage wrestled with a lot of guts," said Hess. "For the whole first period, Gage was fending him off using one arm."
Bateman finished 2-2.
Sophomore Zach Fumerelle went 1-2 at 125 but wrestled well, Hess said.
Sweet Home finished 10th overall with 56.5 team points.
Senior Nic Stella, ranked No. 1 at 145 in the latest Section VI rankings, did not compete.