Pair of Redskins earn sectional titles at Lake Shore
Lancaster finished sixth overall as a team with 105 points in part because of the championship performances of Tyler Hartinger and Eric Lewandowski.
Hartinger, the top seed, went right through his bracket at 99 pounds and claimed the championship with a 5-0 win over Niagara Falls’ Donny McCoy in the finals. Hartinger earned two quick pins against Kenmore West’s Anthony Argentieri and North Tonawanda’s Troy Keller to reach the finals.
Lewandowski also had little difficulty in claiming his title at 132 pounds. Lewandowski had just recently returned to the Lancaster lineup from injury came into his bracket as the No. 2 seed.
He began his run by defeating Clarence’s Jake Ramsey with a pin in 2:54. He then faced third-seeded TJ Acker of Grand Island in the semifinals and scored another pin in 1:54. This sent him to the finals against top-seeded Dylan Cohen of Williamsville East. Lewandowski earned the victory with a 7-1 triumph to claim the title.
Lancaster had another wrestler make it to the finals as Steve Michel faced Frontier’s Rocco Russo at 120 pounds.
Michel was the top seed and got to the finals with victories over West Seneca East’s George Hale and Niagara Falls’ Henry Beaman. Russo, the No. 2 seed, proved to be a much tougher challenge. The low-scoring match went Russo’s way by a 3-2 score.
The Redskins also had a third place winner as Mitch Larkin earned an 8-3 decision over Lake Shore’s John Inglut in the consolation at 138 pounds. Larkin was the top seed at 138 pounds, but he was upset by Iroquois’ Nick Roberts in the semifinals.
Tommy Michel claimed fifth place in the 99-pound division. He would have faced Ken-West’s Argentieri in the fifth-place match, but he had to forfeit because of the five-match maximum rule. Michel lost in the championship bracket to Iroquois’ Jacob Slade, but did beat Lake Shore’s Lawrence Jenkins in the consolation bracket before losing to Keller of North Tonawanda.
James Empfield took sixth place at 195 pounds for Lancaster after losing a fifth-place consolation match to Hamburg’s Brendan Knoll.
Hartinger and Lewandowski will now head to the New York State Championships on Feb. 24-25 at the Times-Union Center in Albany.