Weekly Feature

2013-01-30 / Sports

Blue Devils host Ken-Ton Tourney, place second


Kenmore West hosted the Ken-Ton Varsity Wrestling Tournament this past weekend and had a strong showing with 130 overall points, as five of its wrestlers competed in the championship round. The Blue Devils finished second overall as a team.

Kenmore West’s Anthony Argentieri, Ron Duguay, Paul Bavisotto and Mark Stucke all finished second in their respective events, while two wrestlers came in third place.

Meanwhile, Jon Szurczynski wrestled in a round-robin bracket at 285 pounds and, by virtue of a tie-breaker, was declared the champion by going 3-1 for the tournament. Head coach Bill Hineman was still satisfied about the way his team wrestled.

“Overall, I was pleased with our team’s performance,” Hineman said. “This is a good warm-up for the class tournament next week, and it gave us a chance to see some wrestlers that we’ll see next week as well as at sectionals. Some of my guys didn’t wrestle as well as we’d hoped for, but the mistakes they made are correctable.”

While the Blue Devils were second overall as a team, both Kenmore East and St. Joe’s had individual wrestlers win their respective brackets. St. Joe’s Travis Berube was the champion at 138 pounds, while Kenmore East’s Preston Smith was first at 160 pounds. Kenmore East finished tied for seventh overall with 70 points, while St. Joe’s was 11th with 61 points.

As for Kenmore West, Szurczynski was an individual champion, as his pin of Kenmore East’s Aaron Barraclough was the deciding match as three wrestlers in that weight class finished 3-1.

Both of Kenmore West’s 106-pound entrants placed, as Anthony Argentieri came in second and Christian Bauman placed in fourth. Argentieri and Bauman actually faced each other in the semifinals of the 106-pound bracket. Argentieri won by a 10-1 major decision, but fell to Kendall’s Averey Iqbal, 8-4, after getting called for an illegal slam in the third period and getting throw for four points at the end of the match after getting overly aggressive.

Duguay is starting to look like the wrestler he was last year, when he wrestled at states for the Blue Devils. He defeated Cheektowaga’s Eric Bartnik, Holland’s Phil Tripi and Orchard Park’s Dan Gacek before losing to Batavia’s Matt Boyle, 1-0, in the final.

Bavisotto returned from an injury to win three bouts and advance to the final against Southwestern’s Dylan Lundmark in the 120-pound bracket. Bavisotto was defeated, 3-0.

Stucke was the top seed at 152 pounds and made his way to the finals before falling to Jamestown’s Mike Southwick, 4-1.

Several other Kenmore West wrestlers had strong tournaments and made it to the consolation round. John Grasso lost in the semifinals of the 160-pound bracket, but beat St. Joe’s Bobby Wilson to go to the consolation final. Grasso lost to Tonawanda’s Collin Barnard and took fourth.

Frankie Fragale surprised, as the youngster made it to the third-place bout in the consolation round at 99 pounds. There, he defeated Jamestown’s Dakota Lewis in a 6-4 decision to take third.

“Frankie Fragale had a great tournament with a third-place finish,” Hineman said. “He was unseeded, and his only loss came to the top seed. He finally wrestled like we have expected all season.”

Deionte Walker also had a third-place finish in the 182-pound bracket, as he won the consolation match over Kenmore East’s Brandon Jamison with a pinfall in 3.37.

One Blue Devil wrestler who fell a bit short of expectations was Shane Currey at 170 pounds. He won his quarterfinal match against Maryvale’s Frank Maurin but was defeated by West Seneca West’s Jake Michienzi in the semifinals. Currey then lost in wrestlebacks to Cheektowaga’s Matt Bartnik, 8-6. Hineman said it was the first bad outing of the season for Currey, as he gave up a pair of five-point moves in the first period of two consecutive matches.

“He needs a solid week of practice to get things straightened out for Saturday’s class tournament,” Hineman said. “He is still considered one of the favorites to place highly in the class tournament and do well at sectionals.”

Meanwhile, St. Joe’s Berube was the champion at 138 pounds and needed to win four matches to do so. He defeated Cheektowaga’s Ryan Carpenter, Jamestown’s Adam Gullo and Southwestern’s Brian Westerdahl before beating West Seneca West’s Pete Walsh in the final with a pinfall at 1.44.

Fellow Marauder Angel Leon was third at 126 pounds, as he won the consolation final over Batavia’s Jeremy Boyle, 1-0. Teammate Derek Penman was also third at 132 pounds following a forfeit in the consolation final by Kendall’s Mason ReQua after he fought five consolation matches.

Kenmore East’s Smith won the title at 160 pounds when he defeated Cheektowaga’s Miguel Rodriguez Spencer, 4-3, in the finals. Smith was the top seed and defeated Batavia’s Louie Scafella, Orchard Park’s Bill Myers and Tonawanda’s Collin Barnard on his way to the final.

Bulldogs Austin Vendetta and Brandon Jamison were both fourth in their respective brackets, as Vendetta lost the consolation match to West Seneca West’s Cory Kostrzycki at 152 pounds and Jamison lost to Walker at 182 pounds.

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