AKRON—The Springville-Griffith Institute varsity wrestling team only took four wrestlers to Akron’s varsity tournament Dec. 29 and three almost came away with top-three performances.
Mikey Evans was the top seed at 113 pounds and had to settle for second place after dropping the title bout to Hunter Potts of Churchville. Despite battling an illness, Evans dominated his first two opponents before running out of steam in the title bout.
Springville’s reigning sectional champion started the day with a pin against eighth-seeded Paul Cantafio of West Seneca West before earning a technical fall with a 16-0 score against the fourth-seed from Liverpool, Jeremy Ianno.
Jake Bystryk wasn’t able to continue his bout against Amandip Deo of Amherst due to injury. Deo, who was the third seed at 170 pounds, ended up at third-place for the tournament.
Prior to that bout, Bystryk went 3-1 with a pair of pins. The senior captain started the day with a pin against fourth-seed Joe O’Neill of Pavilion-York before suffering a loss to Caleb Auernhammer of Newfane that moved him into the consolation bracket.
In his first consolation bout, Bystryk beat Joe Lebron of St. Mary’s in an 8-5 decision before moving on to pin Murphy Lang of Royalton-Hartland-Barker.
The Griffins entered two wrestlers in the 126 pound bracket with Jared Hecht, who like Bystryk came within one bout of wrestling for a third or fourth place overall finish.
Hecht began with a loss to Tom Fischer of Akron-Alden in his first bout, but began the consolation bracket with a pair of wins. First, he scored a 13-2 major decision over Millard Ellis of Kenmore-Tonawanda, and then pinned Jake Bensley of Medina before losing to Steve Pascarella of Liverpool. Pascarella went on to capture third place at 126 pounds.
Springville’s fourth wrestler was Nate Cottom, who suffered a pair of losses to Jordan Alonso of Cleveland Hill-Depew and then to Bensley, who Hecht beat in the following round.
The Springville wrestlers collectively accrued 32.5 team points to finish 16th overall with Churchville High School taking first with 177.5 points.
Springville will head to a tournament in Ripley, Pa. Jan. 6 before hosting Cheektowaga Jan. 10. All home Springville wrestling matches are at the Middle School and begin at 6 p.m.