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Evans captures Ken-Ton wrestling title

SPRINGVILLE—Mikey Evans captured another 106-pound wrestling title, this time at the Kenmore-Tonawanda Tournament at Kenmore West High School Jan. 27.

Evans was just one of five Springville varsity wrestlers to compete and went 3-0 on his way to the title. The freshman started the day with a pin over West Seneca West’s Tyler Wilkinson, and followed that with a decision over Garrett Swan of Southwestern. Evans needed just 91 seconds to pin Tonawanda’s Nick Szortyka to take the title.

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Quenten Leicht was one bout away from the consolation final after dropping his last match to the eventual fourth-place finisher Mike Pataky of Orchard Park.

Prior to that, Leicht started with a loss to Tonawanda’s Nick Burda before getting a pair of wins in the wrestle-back bracket. The first-year grappler scored successive pins with the first against Riley Slawning of Maryvale and the second over Jon Bennett of Hamburg.

The Griffins had two entries in the 120-pound bracket in Jared Hecht and Nate Cottom. While both wrestlers finished the day with a win, Hecht’s came at the expense of his teammate whom he pinned in the opening round.

Hecht dropped his next two, one to Ryan Forrest of Hamburg and the other to Frank Ras of Pioneer. Cottom split his next two with a pin over Alex Grosse of Kenmore and a loss to Brody Banks of Orchard Park.

Shilo Rogers was the fifth Springville wrestler to compete and dropped a pair of bouts to Michael Carnes of Southwestern and Paul Cantafio of West Seneca West.

Despite having just five wrestlers compete, Springville finished 13th of 20 teams, primarily due to Evans’ success.

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