By Jay Young
Matt Langworthy had a hard time getting the weather to cooperate in his first year as head coach of the Jamestown High School wrestling team, but that didn't stop the Red Raiders from ending the year in second place in Division 1 of the Erie County Interscholastic Conference, just behind the Clarence Red Devils.
Jamestown’s Emiliano Velasquez, top, is in control of Clarence’s Jack Walsh on his way to a major decision in the 126-pound weight class during Thursday’s Erie County Interscholastic Conference Division 1 wrestling match at Jefferson Middle School. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photos by Jay Young
Jamestown’s Sky Somerton-Wells, right, and Clarence’s Nick Audino battle in the 285-pound match.
After falling to undefeated Clarence 51-19 and besting Hamburg 49-21 in back-to-back league meets on Thursday evening at Jefferson Middle School, Jamestown finished the season at 14-3, but the Red Raiders coach is still looking to improve.
"You look at a team like Clarence and that's what you strive to be," Langworthy said. "I knew that we had the potential to win the league, and to be a championship team. It's too bad that we just came up short tonight."
Emiliano Velasquez was dominant in both matches at 126 pounds for Jamestown after picking up wins via pin and major decision, while Kyle Liuzzo was also perfect with a pair of wins at 132 pounds, thanks to a pin and a technical fall.
The Red Devils entered their first match of the year against Jamestown unbeaten in the division and proceeded to jump out to a fast start with the league title on the line.
Ryan Schlager, Nick Audino and Dylan Arena came out fired up and quickly grabbed at 13-0 lead for Clarence after posting two major decisions.
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Schlager toppled Jeremy Bush at 220 (11-1), Audino finished Sky Somerton-Wells (10-6) at 285, and Dylan Arena had no trouble with Seth MacTavish at 99 (13-0).
The Red Raiders were able to pick up some momentum after falling in a hole early as Dakota Lewis prevailed thanks to a forfeit at 106, but Clarence wasted no time adding more points at 113 as Brendan Arena posted a major decision over Nick D'Angelo (12-1) and at 120 when Ryan Burns moved past Cameron Weaver (6-3).
It was at 126 and 132 pounds where Jamestown showed its strength with convincing wins from Velasquez and Liuzzo. In the first bout, Velasquez picked up a major decision over Jack Walsh, after which Liuzzo grabbed the Red Raiders six more points with a pin of Derek Kelkenburg.
"I was really happy with those performances. That's a role that Kyle has played all year, he has been a great leader on the team," Langworthy said.
Unfortunately for Jamestown, Dylan Lundmark would be the only other Red Raider to post points the rest of the way in his 2-0 decision at 152 over Ryan Nicholas.
Following Liuzzo's stout performance, Clarence would finish the night with two technical falls, two pins, and a forfeit victory on their way to a convincing 51-point match total.
"I just wanted us to wrestle as hard as we could,'' Langworthy said. ''They are great wrestlers and a great team. All we could ask was for our guys to wrestle hard for six minutes.''
After falling to Clarence and fighting hard across every weight class, the Red Raiders wasted no time in rebounding as they took on Hamburg as soon as the first match was over (school closings and bad weather forced Jamestown to schedule back-to-back meets).
"We've been to dual tournaments where you wrestle five duals back to back, and at tournaments you can wrestle five matches with an hour in between, so this didn't really affect them at all," said Langworthy of the doubleheader.
After falling in his first match of the night, MacTavish had no trouble against Hamburg's Ryan Harnstrom at 99 pounds, picking up a major decision win (12-2). MacTavish is only in eighth grade and figures to be a strong point of Langworthy's squad for years to come.
Lewis grabbed another six points for Jamestown at 106 with a pin of Connor Gannon in 1:29, while Velasquez posted his second victory of the day at 126 with a win over Chris Wehrmann. Liuzzo's technical fall over Shane Failey came after two periods of dominant grappling from the Red Raider.
At 145 Dylan Lundmark also showed six minutes worth of dominance on Dante Mastrangelo which was good for another technical fall (15-1).
Lundmark is now 31-7 on the season, while Liuzzo is 31-9 for Jamestown heading into the Class AA Championships on Saturday.
Clarence 51, Jamestown 19
220: Ryan Schlager (C) md Jeremy Bush, 11-1.
285: Nick Audino (C) d Sky Somerton-Wells, 10-6.
99: Dylan Arena (C) md Seth Mactavish, 13-0.
106: Dakota Lewis (J) win by forfeit.
113: Brendan Arena (C) md Nick D'Angelo, 12-1.
120: Ryan Burns (C) d Cameron Weaver, 6-3.
126: Emiliano Velasquez (J) md Jack Walsh, 12-0.
132: Kyle Liuzzo (J) p Derek Kelkenburg, 1:29.
138: Tyler Arno (C) d Nolan Margaglio, 4-3.
145: Austin Czaga (C) tf Lorenzo Rodriguez, 16-1.
152: Dylan Lundmark (J) d Ryan Nicholas, 2-0.
160: Nate Schwab (C) tf Brandon Whitacre, 23-7.
170: Jake Weber (C) p Justice Miller, 3:24.
182: Kevin Nicholas (C) win by forfeit.
195: Travis Griner (C) p Jacob Zweig, 2:14.
Jamestown 49, Hamburg 21
285: Sky Somerton (J) win by forfeit.
99: Seth Mactavish (J) md Ryan Harnstrom, 12-2.
106: Dakota Lewis (J) p Connor Gannon, 1:29.
113: Nick D'Angelo (J) win by forfeit.
120: Jake Smeader (H) d Cameron Weaver, 4-2.
126: Emiliano Velasquez (J) p Chris Wehrmann, 2:54.
132: Kyle Liuzzo (J) tf Shane Failey, 21-6.
138: Dillon Knoll (H) d Nolan Margaglio, 6-3 OT.
145: Dylan Lundmark (J) md Dante Mastrangelo, 15-1.
152: Double forfeit.
160: Eric Sheffield (H) d Brandon Whitacre, 8-3.
170: Justice Miller (J) win by forfeit.
182: Tyler Pufpaff (H) win by forfeit.
195: Jacob Zweig (J) win by forfeit.
220: Garrett Knoll (H) p Jeremy Bush, 5:02.