The Niagara-Wheatfield wrestling team qualified 13 out of its 15 wrestlers for next week’s Section VI tournament after running away with the Class AAAA championship Saturday at Clarence High School.
The Falcons had six individual champions on their way to the team title with 268.5 points, more than 100 more than second-place Lancaster. Niagara Falls was sixth, Lockport finished seventh, North Tonawanda was ninth and Kenmore West came in 11th. Winning titles for N-W was Joe Malvestuto (103), John Golden (112), Jehad Ali (119), Bob Malvestuto (152), Angelo Malvestuto (171) and James Donner (285).
Also among those who qualified were Chris Wiseman (189, second), Joe Silluzio (140, third), Bob Limina (135, third), Chad Leadingfox (160, third), Yassin Ali (125, fourth), Antonio Ventry (130, fourth) and Josh Kraft (215, fourth).
Kenmore West’s Nathan Skiba beat Irvin Buck of Niagara Falls at 140 in the finals to earn a title, while Wally Maziarz fell to Ali in the 119-pound final.
At Fredonia High School, Paul Ciaremalla of Newfane topped Greg Gallerson of Eden in overtime to take the title at 152 pounds. David Ciaremalla (103) and Ben Killian (145) each took second place for the Panthers.
For Tonawanda, Kyle McGregor won the championship at 103 pounds. Jordan McGregor (96) was second and fresh off his 100th career varsity win, Scott McGregor (112) took third for THS.
No results were submitted for Class AAA or Class A. Additionally, no other local results in any of the classes were submitted.
Sweet Home 6, Niagara Falls 1
The Wolverines got a goal from Andrew Pothier in the second period, but it wasn’t enough as they were eliminated in a small schools quarterfinal game at Buffalo State.
Vinny Merante had 28 saves for Niagara Falls (4-10), but the team’s downfall was the penalty box — Niagara Falls had a season-high 14 penalties.
Lew-Port wins, ties at sectionals
Lewiston-Porter beat Starpoint 6-2 and tied Cheektowaga 3-3 in the Western New York small school sectional tournament at Olean Municipal Rink. The Lancers have qualified to play in the New York state small school tournament beginning Feb. 29 on Long Island.
In the win over Starpoint, Tyler Magliazzo had two short-handed goals and three assists and Joe Casale added a pair. Sean Casilio and Tom Mooradian also scored for Lew-Port.
Dan McGovern, Dan Peters and Mooradian each had a goal and Magliazzo recorded two assists in the tie with the Warriors.
Section VI Team Championships
Western New York’s top-ranked jumper Rodney Joyner took the long jump title with a leap of 22-feet. His teammate Brian Archie was second with a jump of 21-feet, 10-and-a-half inches. Joyner also finished second in the triple jump with Archie right behind in third. The final team scores were not available.