FALCONER – The Springville-Griffith Institute varsity wrestling team finished sixth at the Section VI Class C Wrestling Championships at Falconer High School Feb.3 with 100 team points in a field of 11 teams.
Overall, Springville finished with seven top-six performances and were led by Mikey Evans, who captured the 106-pound title in perhaps his easiest championship to date. Evans put in a full day in 2:13 in securing yet another crown.
The 106-pound bracket proved to be the most interesting for Springville after Evans’ teammate Shilo Rogers took a back seat to Springville’s star wrestler. Rogers was set to battle Evans in the semifinals, but instead conceded the bout via forfeit on his way to a fourth-place finish.
As it turns out, had the two battled and if Evans had won by decision (instead of forfeit), it would have dropped Springville in the overall points total to seventh.
Evans began his championship quest by pinning Zayed Fadel of Lackawanna in 49 seconds and ended it by pinning Tonawanda’s Nick Szortyka in 1:24 in the title bout.
Rogers turned some heads by defeating the fourth-seed Nagi Fadel (Lackawanna) in a 6-2 decision in his first bout, and then surprising second-seed Brett Ricker of Royalton-Hartland with a 3-2 decision win. Rogers lost to the same wrestler he beat – Fadel – in the consolation finals for third place.
Springville’s other rising star, Nick Brown, charged his way all the way to the championship in the 126-pound division with a pair of pins before falling to top-seed Zach Braddell of Tonawanda in the championship bout.
Jared Hecht also competed in the top consolation round but finished fourth and was by far the busiest of any Springville grappler. Hecht opened with an 11-3 major decision over Hunter Teboe of Falconer and then pinned Farris Ahmed of Lackawanna in just 34 seconds. He lost his first match to the bracket’s top-seed, Ryan Nugent (Newfane) in the semifinals, before defeating Teboe a second time in the wrestle-backs before bowing to Eden’s Shane Walczyk in his final battle for third place.
In the consolation finals for fifth place, Springville secured two fifth-place finishes by Nate Cottom (126 pounds) and Queten Leicht (182 pounds), while Damien Occhino finished sixth.
Also competing for Springville on the day was Devin Hitchcock and Rhett Butzer at 145 pounds, and Hayden Taylor at 120 pounds.
Host Falconer took first overall with 271.5 points and was followed by Newfane (209), Fredonia (159.9), Tonawanda (142), Eden (133.5), Springville (100), Royalton-Harland/Barker (98), Medina (75), Lackawanna (67) and the Charter School of Applied Technologies (17).