Weekly Feature

2017-12-07 / Sports

Lancaster wrestling team aiming to keep up success


The Lancaster wrestling team is among the best in Western New York nearly every season, and they’re aiming to be just that this year. The team returns a solid group of contributors that placed well at last year’s sectional and state championship meets.

At 106 pounds, Jake Harry was second in Section VI last year. Parker Rozler was the Section VI champion at 113 pounds. Sophomore Ryan Stencel is back at 160 pounds after winning a sectional title last year. Senior Joe Andreessen will wrestle at 220 pounds this year after winning a sectional title and finishing fifth in the state last year. Bryce Bolognese (106) and Nick Barberio (113) also placed at sectionals last year.

“We’re solid all the way through,” Lancaster coach Ron Lorenz said. “We have some young guys in the middle weights, but they’re tough. We’re solid with our lineup down low and with Joe Andreessen anchoring us up top with a couple veterans from last year. We have three section champions and a sectional finalist and a couple more place winners. That’s eight guys out of 15 in our lineup that were section champs or section place winners. Not too many team in Section VI have that.”

The team has big goals every season. One of those goals is to win the ECIC I division, which the team has failed to do each of the past two seasons.

However, there are some new wrinkles this season. New York State will have a dual meet championship for the first time. The team is aiming to win the sectional dual-meet championship and qualify for the state tournament. However, the team will have some tough local competition from the usual suspects if they hope to make it that far.

“Obviously, our goal every year is to win our league,” Lorenz said. “We’ve fallen short of that the past two years. Now with this new state dual meet format, our goal now is to win the section dual meet tournament and then be eligible to compete in the state dual meet tournaments in late January. As far as teams go, Grand Island is going to be tough this year. They split us into large and small schools. So them, Niagara Wheatfield, Clarence are always tough. Frontier will probably be tough too. A lot of teams in our league will be.”

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