St. Joe’s edges Niagara Falls
Nick Custodi scored on a reversal and a near fall in double overtime and his 7-2 decision at 132 pounds gave St. Joe’s a 37-36 win over Niagara Falls in the season opener for both wrestling programs.
The other key match came at 106 pounds, at which Garrett Baugher of St. Joe’s won a 6-5 decision over Donny McCoi.
“The boys at 106, both of them were two of the top wrestlers in the area last year,” St. Joe’s coach Pete Kennedy said. “Both coaches were pleased. Getting tough matches against tough opponents is everything in this sport. To get that in November is huge. Both of them are going to do great things this season.”
It was also a homecoming of sorts for Niagara Falls coach D.J. Giancola. The second-year head coach wrestled at St. Joe’s for Kennedy.
Iroquois, Nardin nab tourney wins
Freshman Marissa Parker hit two key free throws with 1:15 left in the game as host Iroqouis edged Lancaster, 59-58, in the Matthew Foster Memorial Tournament. The Chiefs came back from a 12-point deficit by driving to the basket and getting to the free throw line. Iroquois shot 18 of 24 from the line, making 10 of 12 attempts in the fourth quarter.
Three three-pointers by Jenny Colvin in the third quarter sparked the Chiefs. Lauren Jensen had 18 points, nine assists and nine rebounds while Colleen Wirth had 19 points.
Iroquois faces Nardin in the championship game at noon Saturday; the Gators defeated Pioneer, 69-36.
Sophomore Rachel Faver hit four three-pointers and scored a team-high 12 points to pace Nardin, which jumped out to a 27-7 lead in the first quarter.
Football first team announced today
The 25-member All-Western New York football first team will be unveiled during a special episode of PrepTalkTV today at 7 p.m. at www.buffalonews.com.
The All-Western New York football issue will be published Saturday.