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Wellsville wrestling opens season with win; Wellsville Sea Lions with a hot 2-0 start


FILLMORE — Out of the 10 total victories that they were able to garner on the mat, Paul Giovanniello started the night red hot for the Wellsville Lions to open the new campaign over the road against Fillmore/Keshequa, scoring the team’s quickest pin in the first match at 108 pounds to help set up shop for what formulated into a 57-15 victory in Fillmore.

At 108 pounds, Giovanniello assisted in starting the match for Wellsville with the first of three straight victories, as he worked his way towards a rapid pinfall victory of Fillmore/Keshequa’s Jules Cotton. After a Jensen Spicer forfeit win at 116 pounds, David Clark capped off a 15-0 start for the Lions with a close 6-3 decision over Alivia Cartwright.

A short time later, Fillmore/Keshequa got on the board with back-to-back victories from Ryan Vedder (131 pounds) and Graham Howe (138 pounds), with Vedder scoring a big 10-4 decision over Wellsville’s Adam Iantorno, while Howe posted the quickest pinfall win of the evening by rolling up Mason Edwards in just 38 seconds to collect the win.

From that point forward, the Lions would propel forward and bolster their advantage over Fillmore/Keshequa with seven straight victories — four of them via forfeit, as Landon Stratton (152 pounds), Matt Ritter (160 pounds), Jonah McCartney (172 pounds) and Gabe Black (215 pounds) all recorded victories.

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Jack Cicirello (145 pounds), Xander Outman (190 pounds) and Brayden Taggert (285 pounds) all scored pinfall wins deep in the second period of their respective matches to cement Wellsville’s win for good. For Fillmore/Keshequa, the match would end on a positive note at 101 pounds, as Connor McCumiskey picked up a pinfall win of his own over Easton Joyce.

“I felt we battled hard in the contested matches. Wellsville is just a year or two ahead of where we are as a program, in terms of experience. They have some tough kids that wrestled well,” said Fillmore/Keshequa coach Jarrett Vosburg. “Ryan Vedder, Graham Howe and Connor McCumiskey picked up our wins on the night, with Ryan winning by decision and Connor and Graham picking up wins. Overall, it’s a good start for our dual meet schedule before we head to Arkport this weekend.”

Both teams will return to the mat next week, as Wellsville heads back home to host Arkport/Canaseraga in their home opener at 6 p.m. next Tuesday, while Fillmore/Keshequa travels to visit Campbell-Savona next Wednesday at 6 p.m.


101 – Connor McCumiskey (F/K) def. Easton Joyce (WLSV) by pin, 3:13.

*108 – Paul Giovanniello (WLSV) def. Jules Cotton (F/K) by pin, :56.

116 – Jensen Spicer (WLSV) by for.

124 – David Clark (WLSV) def. Alivia Cartwright (F/K) by dec, 6-3.

131 – Ryan Vedder (F/K) def. Adam Iantorno (WLSV) by dec, 10-4.

138 – Graham Howe (F/K) def. Mason Edwards (WLSV) by pin, :38.

145 – Jack Cicirello (WLSV) def. Kalen Beardsley (F/K) by pin, 3:56.

152 – Landon Stratton (WLSV) by for.

160 – Matt Ritter (WLSV) by for.

170 – Jonah McCartney (WLSV) by for.

190 – Xander Outman (WLSV) def. Gage Hartman (F/K) by pin, 3:03.

215 – Gabe Black (WLSV) by for.

285 – Brayden Taggert (WLSV) def. Caleb Green (F/K) by pin, 3:43.

Avoca-Prattsburgh/Hammondsport 36, Bolivar-Richburg 30

BOLIVAR — It was a close battle down to the wire in Bolivar-Richburg’s home opener on the mat Tuesday night against Avoca-Prattsburgh/Hammondsport, but at the end of the night, the visiting Titans claimed victory to play the role of spoiler, as the edged their way towards glory by a 36-30 narrow decision.

Match results were not made available to report upon publication.

Bolivar-Richburg will return to regular season action after their tournament appearance at Jamestown Community College this upcoming weekend, next Tuesday night with a 6 p.m. visit to Canisteo-Greenwood.


Wellsville 92, Campbell-Savona 84

CAMPBELL — Times were recorded and points were traded left and right amongst Wellsville and Campbell-Savona on Tuesday in a meet where the final result remained ever so high up in the air all throughout the night.

But after a rapid start allowed them to grab the first-hand advantage on the host Panthers out of the gate, the Lions of Wellsville would wind up using nine first place finishes to counterattack Campbell-Savona’s multiple secondary finishes in the water to proclaim victory for the second time on the young season, as they exited town with a narrow 92-84 decision.

“The boys pulled off a close one. Going up against a team with double our numbers was really tough,” said Lions coach Steve Hand. “Again, it was a complete team effort to get the win tonight. The team is swimming a lot of yards early on, and we’re still posting some fast times. Ben (Jordan) looked strong in his races, Eli (Brophy) and Thomas (Cooke) are still finding their pace, but going fast while doing it. It’s great to see the Sectional cuts continue to keep coming in.”

Three different Lions (2-0) swimmers all recorded a pair of first place finishes to pave the lane towards success, with Ben Jordan leading the swimming pride with his victories in the 50 freestyle (24.44) and the 100 breaststroke (1:06.82). Ethan Crandell chipped in with top finishes of his own right in the 200 freestyle (2:12.61) and 100 freestyle (57.92), while Eli Brophy placed first in the 200 individual medley (2:32.45) and 100 butterfly (1:07.87).

The Lions would gather one more individual win from Tyler Rahr off the Diving board, as he compiled 172.05 points for the win. Wellsville also garnered two relay victories out of the three relay events, collecting gold in the 200 medley (1:59.06) to start the meet against the Panthers, and later on, a first place finish in the 200 freestyle relay (1:50.05) in the second half.

On Friday, Wellsville is back home to welcome in the Addison Knights in a 5:30 p.m. first swim.

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