University at Buffalo wrestler Kyle Cerminara (Lewiston-Porter) is off to a tremendous start in his senior year.

Cerminara, who is 19-0 this season, set the UB record for career wins when he picked up his 114th victory at the Las Vegas Invitational.

Cerminara won three more bouts along the way to win his weight class and boost his career total to 117 wins. For his efforts, Cerminara was named the Mid-American Conference Wrestler of the Week for the second consecutive week.

Cerminara’s 19 straight victories are five short of the UB record set by John Stutzman in the 1996-97 season.

n Niagara University is tied for fourth place in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Commissioner’s Cup.

The cup is awarded annually to the MAAC school showing overall excellence in athletics. Each school is scored in all sports in which it fields a varsity team, but only the scores from men’s and women’s basketball plus the other top six men’s and top six women’s finishes at each school are used to determine points.

Niagara is tied with Loyola for fourth place with 39.5 points. Iona leads the standings at the conclusion of the fall season with 45 points. Fairfield is second with 44 points, Marist is third with 42 points. Canisius is in ninth place with 17 points, ahead of only Saint Peters, which has 15.5 points.

Niagara or Canisius have never won the Commissioner’s Cup.

n Former Niagara University men’s hockey player Nate Handrahan will be the head coach of the Robert Morris University women’s hockey team next season.

Handrahan, now an assistant coach with the Robert Morris men’s team, will take the reins from another Niagara grad, Jody Katz, who was named interim coach after Robert Morris dismissed head coach Robert McGonagle earlier this season for unspecified reasons. Robert Morris, which is in its first season of women’s hockey, is 1-9 this season.

n Neil Clements (Grand Island) was named the Niagara County Community College athlete of the week after leading the NCCC men’s basketball team to the finals of the Cayuga Community College Tournament.

Clements had 32 points in an 88-81 victory over Corning CC in the first round and 26 points in a 69-65 loss to Sullivan CC in the championship game.

Clements is averaging 21.8 points per game for the Trailblazers (4-1).

n Cortland State sophomore quarterback Alex Smith (Niagara-Wheatfield) was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference offensive player of the week for two straight weeks.

Smith’s second award came after the Red Dragons dropped a 23-22 decision to Hobart in the NCAA Division III playoffs. Smith ran for 100 yards and a touchdown and went 19-of-40 for 230 yards through the air in the loss.

Smith finished the season with 1,720 yards passing and 11 TDs. He rushed for 274 yards and four TDs for Cortland State (7-3) as the Red Dragons made their first NCAA playoff appearance since 1997.

n Jamie Gerace (Kenmore West) and Katie Miranto (North Tonawanda) were among five Canisius College softball players named National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America Scholar Athletes.

Gerace hit .266 with seven doubles, four home runs and 18 RBI as a sophomore last season, while Miranto earned second-team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference accolades after batting .315 as a freshman.

Canisius won its eighth MAAC softball championship last season. The team will receive MAAC championship rings during halftime of Friday’s men’s basketball game against Saint Peter’s at the Koessler Athletic Center.

n Freshman Ted Cook was named the Niagara University Athlete of the Week after helping the men’s hockey team earn a split of its two-game College Hockey America series at Bemidji State.

Cook had two goals, including the game-winner, and an assist, in Niagara’s 5-4 win. Cook leads the CHA with six power-play goals.

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