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2015-02-04 / Sports

Blue Devils, Marauders shine at Ken-ton invitational

by LEVI TRIMBLE
Reporter


Kenmore West's Christain Bauman (left) wrestles Hamburg's Conor Gannon (right) during Saturday’s Ken-Ton Invitational Wrestling Tournament at Kenmore West High School. 
Photo by Karen GioiaPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Kenmore West's Christain Bauman (left) wrestles Hamburg's Conor Gannon (right) during Saturday’s Ken-Ton Invitational Wrestling Tournament at Kenmore West High School. Photo by Karen GioiaPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com The best and the brightest on the mat for Western New York were all at Kenmore West High School Saturday for the Ken-Ton invitational wrestling tournament.

Receiving the most outstanding wrestler award was Kenmore West’s Anthony Argentieri. Argentieri had a great tournament, entering the field as the top seed at the 120 pound weight class.

Argentieri went 4-0 in the tournament, defeating a very tough Dominic Caruso from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute.

“He entered the tournament at 120 at the first seed and he wrestled very well,” said Kenmore West coach Bill Hineman. “He pinned his first opponent and from there on had just a great tournament.”

The opposition knew what they were up against with Argentieri.


St. Joe's Derek Penman (right) wrestles Clarence's Adam Newton (left) during Saturday’s Ken-Ton Wrestling Tournament at Kenmore West High School. 
Photo by Karen GioiaPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com St. Joe's Derek Penman (right) wrestles Clarence's Adam Newton (left) during Saturday’s Ken-Ton Wrestling Tournament at Kenmore West High School. Photo by Karen GioiaPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com “(Caruso) ran into a total buzzsaw in Argentieri from Kenmore West,” said St. Joe’s coach Pete Kennedy.

The overall winner of the tournament was the team from Jamestown as they managed to score 163 points.

Iroquois finished second in the standings, putting up 120 points.

Kenmore West finished sixth with 97.5 points while St. Joe’s finished in a tie for seventh, matching Hamburg with 92.5 points.

Shining for the Marauders was Richie Jones. Jones went 3-0 on the day, taking first place in the 182 pound weight class.

Jones defeated Jamestown’s Adam Gullo via decision to take the top spot on the podium.

“Richie is wrestling really well. He had a good matches this weekend” said Kennedy. “It looks like Rich is definitely ready for a postseason run.”

Also shining for the Marauders was Derek Penman.

Penman, along with teammate Caruso, eclipsed the 100 win mark this season. Penman finished second in the 152 weight class after going 3-1 on the day. Penman’s lone loss came in the championship match against a tough Dillon Knoll.

Knoll won on an 8-9 decision.

“Derek made the finals at 152 and put together a nice tournament,” said Kennedy. “The finals he kind of let get away from him. That was one match he wish he had back.”

Paul Bavisotto had a strong tournament for the Blue Devils. However, he ran into State title contender Cody McGregor in the 132-pound final match.

McGregor, who won the aggregate pin award, pinned Bavisotto in the finals to take the top spot on the podium.

“Paul Bavisotto got all the way to the finals,” said Hineman. “He had some tough kids coming up through and he did what he needed to do.”

Jakob Coad went 3-1 for the Blue Devils, finishing in third place in the 145 pound weight class.

Mitch Currey was a comeback story for West. Currey lost his first round match to Abraham Baker of St. Joe’s.

Currey battled back, defeating opponent in the consolation bracket. Currey then faced off against Baker once more, defeating him to earn a spot in the third place match.

Currey lost to Batavia’s Noah Dobberlin in the third place match.

“It was a good turnaround for Mitch,” said Hineman.

Taylor Prior took third in the 285 pound weight class round robin.

Next up for the Blue Devils is the Class tournament where the top five finishers go on to the Section VI tournament.

Next up for the Marauders is a match against St. Francis, today. It is the first time the Monsignor Martin had two top 10 Western New York teams competing against one another.

“We are trying to downplay it in practice. We have never had this in our league as the number of top end individuals,” said Kennedy. “We are excited to be a part of this. We are going to be ready to wrestle and they will be ready to wrestle.”

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