Thursday December 12, 2013 | By:Michael J. Petro | Sports
KILIAN WITH A WIN — Lake Shore’s David Killian earned a win over Eden’s Eric Shaffer on his way to an unbeaten two days at the Southtowns Duals on Dec. 6-7 at St. Francis. Photo courtesy of Ron Larson.
As Lewiston-Porter established itself as the class of the Southtowns Duals on Dec. 7 at Saint Francis, the race was on for second place at one of the first wrestling tournaments of the 2013 – 2014 season.
Lake Shore won that competition, emerging among an evenly-matched middle of the pack, with a late-day 41 – 39 edging of host St. Francis on Saturday.
The Eagles had just lost 60 – 21 to Lew-Port in a battle of the unbeatens seven of nine rounds into competition, but bounced back by beating St. Francis, en rout to finishing 7 – 1 on Friday and Saturday. Dylan Murphy won the final match by majority decision at 170, to lift Lake Shore to the win.
Finishing behind Lake Shore were St. Francis and Frontier at 5 – 3, and then Hamburg was fifth at 4 – 4. The Eagles just got by Frontier 43 – 38, on day one, and beat seventh-place Eden 46 – 36 in the final match of the competition. Hamburg was able to knock off St. Francis 45 – 42, but the Red Raiders later bounced back to beat Frontier 46 – 33.
“Lew-Port has a lot of seniors and we have a lot of young guys and guys who are out, so we’re giving up some points. Not that we would have beaten Lew-Port; they’re tough,” Lake Shore coach Bill Sills said. “We had close ones against Frontier, Hamburg and St. Francis. Lew-Port is at the top and the rest of us are wrestling for second.”
Lew-Port’s Ryan Kromer won the most outstanding wrestler honor as the 160-pounder went unbeaten, including a win against Eden powerhouse Alex Smythe, at 170. That was Smythe’s only loss of the competition. Frontier senior Rocco Russo, who like Smythe is University at Buffalo-bound, went unbeaten at 8 – 0 at 152 pounds. The three-time defending sectional champion also won one of the best matches of the competition, beating Lew-Port’s Andrew Shomers 7 – 4 at 145.
Lake Shore saw its secrional champion contenders Freddy Eckles (132 – 38), David Kilian (106) and Luke Catalano (220 – 85) all finish unbeaten. Kilian served up the only loss of the day for St. Francis’ Kyrill Calkins, who had been unbeaten with six pins, going into the match. Jake Braunscheidel at 182 and Jake Duggan (145) each finished unbeaten for St. Francis.
“A lot of the teams are pretty even; Lew-Port seems to be one of the top teams in Western New York,” said St. Francis head coach Mike Messore. “We beat Frontier; Frontier beat Hamburg; and Hamburg beat us. Matchups play a big role.”
Garret Knoll, Dillon Knoll and Jacob Smeader all lost only once in nine matches, for Hamburg.
“There’s some really tough teams and then there’s some teams we can compete with, so it’s kind of nice,” Hamburg coach Ken Meyer said. “We can still get some good matches for our tougher kids.”
Jacob Page finished unbeaten at 113 for Eden, which is a smaller team than in past years, but a competitive squad nonetheless, head coach Tom Page noted. Senior Kyle Genovese (120) and eighth grader Connor Miller (106) were also among successful wrestlers for an upperclassmen-loaded Frontier, according to head coach Joe Russo.