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2017-01-11 / Sports

Tonawanda wrestler Braddell upset at NFWOA Tourney

by PATRICK J. NAGY
Reporter


Tonawanda’s Riley Hardleben, right, tries to gain leverage while grappling with Starpoint’s Zach Lyness in the 126-pound bracket. Hardleben, who was pinned by Lyness, ultimately went 0-2 for the tournament. 
Photo by Jason NadolinskiPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Tonawanda’s Riley Hardleben, right, tries to gain leverage while grappling with Starpoint’s Zach Lyness in the 126-pound bracket. Hardleben, who was pinned by Lyness, ultimately went 0-2 for the tournament. Photo by Jason NadolinskiPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Zach Braddell suffered his first loss of the season at the annual Niagara Frontier Wrestling Officials Association Tournament Friday and Saturday at Niagara County Community College.

The Tonawanda sophomore lost to fifth seed Matt Genau, a senior at Williamsville South, 7-6, in the 120-pound semifinals.

“That is a very big upset,” Tonawanda coach Dan Bishop said. “That is a very big win for Genau. It was one of the best matches of the weekend. Zach was not himself all weekend.”

The loss dropped Braddell, a two-time state qualifier, to 17-1.

Braddell wrestled back and beat sixth seed Dontay Gill of Lockport, 5-3, and second seed Cory Bable of Grove City, 3-0, for third place.


North Tonawanda’s Nick Rosky, top, works to gain the upper hand on Sweet Home’s Anthony Pilot during their second-round match in the 120-pound bracket in Friday’s portion. Rosky, who earned a 21-4 technical fall over Pilot, ultimately finished the tournament 2-2 overall. 
Photo by Jason NadolinskiPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com North Tonawanda’s Nick Rosky, top, works to gain the upper hand on Sweet Home’s Anthony Pilot during their second-round match in the 120-pound bracket in Friday’s portion. Rosky, who earned a 21-4 technical fall over Pilot, ultimately finished the tournament 2-2 overall. Photo by Jason NadolinskiPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Prior to the loss, Braddell was his usual dominant self, pinning Emanuel Rolon of Lockport in 1:53, Noah Bennett of Niagara-Wheatfield in 1:43 and ninth seed Owen Kissell of Alden in four minutes in his first three matches.

Junior Destin Tirado was the only other wrestler to win a match, going 1-2 at 145.

Freshman Nick Szortyka was leading third seed Jacob Harry of Lancaster, 1-0, in the first round going into the third period but got pinned.

“That is a strong performance,” Bishop said. “I was proud of how he battled.”

Tonawanda also downed Lackawanna, 55-29, at home on Jan. 4.

Tonawanda wrestled North Tonawanda on Tuesday as part of the inaugural “Battle of the Belt” – winner gets a championship belt for a year – but information about the non-league match was unavailable before press time.

The Warriors travel to Alden at 6 p.m. on Wednesday and in the Williamsville North Tournament at 9 a.m. on Saturday.

North Tonawanda

Sophomore Tyler Bar- tolomei (99, third), junior Logan Kent (152, fifth) and senior Veysal Mukhtasimov (195, fifth) placed for the Lumberjacks at the NFWOA Tournament.

The fourth-seeded Bartolomei went 4-1 at 99, beating Harry of Lancaster, 3-1, in overtime for third place.

He opened with a pin in 2:49 over Anthony Surace of Webster-Schroeder, beat fifth seed Carson Alberti of Depew/ Cleveland Hill, 4-0, in the quarterfinals and lost to top seed Aiden Rabideau of Clarence, 6-0, in the semifinals. Bartolomei wrestled back again and pinned Surace in 4:26.

Kent, seeded fifth at 152, opened with pins over Chris Bradord of Niagara Falls in 2:49 and Tyler Choate of Barker/ Roy-Hart in 2:57, and fell to fourth seed Dan Torres of Falconer, 1-0, in the semifinals.

Kent wrestled back and beat Mike Conrad of Pioneer, 5-1, Mike Ziegler of Niagara Wheatfield, 3-0, and fell to second seed Tyler Greer of Grove City, 4-0.

Kent wrestled back again and beat 10th seed Brandon Simonson of Amherst, 5-2, for fifth.

Mukhtasimov, seeded fourth at 195, had a first-round bye and then pinned Reed Greiner of Akron in 3:17 and downed Terry Gauthier of Medina, 9-3, in the quarterfinals. He fell to top seed Lawrence Jenkins of Lake Shore, 8-5, in the semifinals.

Mukhtasimov wrestled back again and lost to Freddie Nixon of St. Joe’s, 2-1, in a tiebreaker and wrestled back a second time and pinned Connor Kenny of Grand Island in 2:18.

Senior Nick Rosky was the only other North Tonawanda wrestler to win a match, going 2-2 at 120.

The Lumberjacks also placed third at the Akron Varsity Holiday Tournament on Dec. 29. Tyler Meyer (99), Kent (152), Mukhtasimov (195) and Jordan Holmes (22) all placed first.

Bartolomei (99), Rosky (132, 8-2); Kent (152, pin), Mukhtasimov (195, pin) and Holmes (220, pin) recorded victories in the Lumberjacks’ 60-27 home loss to Niagara Falls on Jan. 4.

In addition to the match with Tonawanda, North Tonawanda hosts Lockport at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday and competes in the Lockport Tournament on Friday and Saturday at Lockport High School.

email: pnagy@beenews.com

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