Heavyweights lift Billies to win

OBSERVER Staff Report

ROYALTON – Fredonia won the first five matches Saturday against Barker-Royalton-Hartland and never looked back en route to a 42-30 non-league wrestling victory.

“We got some really good efforts from a couple of the guys in the upper weight classes,” Fredonia head coach Ross Conti said. “Especially Ty Miller, who was wrestling in place of Jake Rinus, who was at a football banquet in Buffalo.”

Nick Gloff got things going in the right direction for the Hillbillies after he pinned Joe Nolan at 160 pounds in 1:28. Then, at 170, Steve Mignoli cruised past Kyle Herion, 9-2, before Miller made quick work of Adam Mikall, pinning him in 36 seconds.

“Both teams are very young,” Conti remarked. “But I think the fact that so many of our kids did well on jayvee last year made a big difference for us.”

Colton Haas (195) and Ryan Fisk (220) both won by pin, with Haas taking care of Joe DeMaya in 3:29 and Fisk pinning Nattapat Aurnappckhun in 3:32.

“Colton Haas, Ryan Fisk, those guys picking up pins was big for us,” Conti said.

Also picking up wins for the Hillbillies were Ben McKelvey (106), Dakota Gardner (145) and Cole Tippens (99).

“This is going to be one of those years where we get the wins where we can,” Conti said. “We’re in a process right now trying to get the young guys some experience. And that’s our goal for this year.”

McKelvey won an 8-2 decision over Tyler Choate, Gardner pinned Dylan Mangus in 1:35 and Tippens won by forfeit.

James Brady took care of Fredonia’s Jesse Walker in 2:24 to take the match at 285, Harrison Flint (113) won by forfeit, Brent Bachman (120) defeated Jovany Ruiz, 8-4 and Hayden Hathaway won a 9-3 decision over Jakeb Kelly to take the match at 126. Also for Barker-Roy-Hart, William Jensen pinned Steven Kelly in 2:34 to win the match at 132, Ryan Ulrich (138) won a hard-fought 6-5 decision over Roger DeJesus and Eric Herrion (152) won 7-2 over Jake Green.

Fredonia will be back in action when they travel to Irving to participate in the Dunkirk-Silver Creek Dual Tournament.