JAMESTOWN – With two pin victories and three matches going to sudden death, the Section VI Division II Wrestling Championships brought a mix of close battles and victories by wide margins.
In spite of Panama wrestler Martin Ohlsson being in the lead for the 99 lb title for most of the match, Aidan Gillings of Newfane pulled it off with a win over Ohlsson by pinning him just as time expired for the final round.
Coming off a match in which he pinned his Mt. Sinai opponent to give the Falconer Golden Falcons their Section VI Wrestling title in Syracuse earlier this month, Brayden Newman took on Andrew Lucinski of Newfane for a shot to win the 106 lb title.
With Lucinski having a strong performance vs. Newman, Lucinski was named the 106 lb champion with his 8-3 victory over Newman, giving Lucinski his 18th first place accomplishment in his high school wrestling career.
After the Lucinski/Newman match, an even strength competition took place in the 113 lb division between Daniel Kirsch from Pioneer and David Ball of Fredonia, with Kirsch winning that battle 1-0.
In one of three matches which went to sudden death, Depew wrestler Carson Alberti defeated Donovan Bukaczeski from Iroquois 7-5 in the 120 lb championship match in one of several matches where it was up in the air for both opponents.
The next championship match which would need an extra frame would be for the 126 lb title between East Aurora’s Alex Skowronski and Iroquois wrestler Jacob Jozwiak, with Skowronski winning the title with a 7-5 final score.
Ryan Sweeney of Iroquois added another award to his accolades with his 12-6 victory in the 132 lb championship over Maple Grove’s Luke Tomlinson.
Sweeney’s other awards include a first place victory in the ECIC Championships and a first place finish in this year’s Section VI Class B Wrestling Championships.
In 138 lb action, Brendan Ramsey of Chautauqua Lake was named champion with his 9-3 victory over Newfane’s Nik Voelker.
Using a mix of aggressiveness and conservative play, Newfane’s Ryan Nugent took home the 145 lb title with his 6-0 victory over Kameron Riordan of Pioneer.
Nugent took home his third first place title this season with the victory, getting one in the 54th Annual Niagara Orleans All-League Wrestling Championships and in the NYSPHSAA Section VI Class Class C-D Wrestling Championships.
Next up, for the 160 lb title, Giovanni Schifano of Eden posted a 6-2 win over Olean wrestler Gavin Kulp.
With a shot for winning the 170 lb battle, Jason Frazer of Tonawanda won that title by default with his competitor, Portville wrestler Jayden Lassiter deciding to forfeit from the match.
In the fastest match of the night, Falconer wrestler Hudson Johnson pinned Ceric Kristan from Fredonia to be crowned the 182 lb champion just 98 seconds into the match.
Johnson won the Most Outstanding Wrestler award with his performance.
With a strong performance in his battle, Southwestern wrestler Dontae Hoose gave the hosting school a champion by defeating Franklinville’s Kyle Wittenrich 10-1 in three rounds for the 195 lb championship, using his speed and strength to win the title.
In 220 lb action, Connor Walsh of Olean battled Alex Christy from Fredonia, with Walsh emerging victorious in overtime 6-4 in an even strength slug-fest in which both wrestlers took down each other multiple times throughout the match.
For the 285 lb championship, the heaviest class for the Championships, Newfane’s Jaden Heers wrestled vs. Cody WIlson of the Albion Purple Eagles in what would be another match where both competitors had strong performances.
Heers would defeat Wilson with a 6-4 final score in three rounds.