Niagara Gazette


February 21, 2013

Top local wrestlers gain edge through NF club


Niagara Gazette — “All the coaches that come down to help out know that what we possess at the Powercats is something that is unique,” Alston said. “We are a breeding ground for the high schools and beyond.”

Shomers was the Division II champion in the 113-pound class who Sweeney called a “stud.” He’ll face Kyler Agoney of Peru High School (Champlain area). Helbig, a freshman, was the Division I champion in 113. He will square off with Benjamin Lamantia of St. Anthonys (Long Island). Popp takes on Jake Dimarsico from North Rockland (Southeast New York) in a 132-pound contest, while McCoy, who won the Division I 99-pound class, will take on Malik Grant of Staten Island’s Curtis High School.

Helbig and Popp don’t have the longevity that McCoy and Shomers do in Powercats but have still benefited from their time with the club. Sweeney said his Falcons are confident and attributed some of that confidence to the Powercats.

“Club wrestling is like adding at least another year of experience,” Sweeney said. “They have more confidence on the mat because they’re more comfortable out there. They don’t panic.”

One thing’s for sure: No matter how things shake out at states, each wrestler should know to display a good deal of desire, dedication and discipline – thanks largely to the Niagara Falls Wrestling Club lending its hand in developing the area’s future high school standouts.

“If they’re going to win states, no matter how skilled they are, they have to possess these good qualities,” Alston said. 

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