wrestling https://www.thebatavian.com/ en https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png wrestling https://www.thebatavian.com/ Local Matters © 2008-2023 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Wed, 28 Feb 2024 10:21:07 -0500 https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Sun, 25 Feb 2024 20:49:00 -0500 Casper Stewart becomes Batavia's first state champion in wrestling https://www.thebatavian.com/staff/casper-stewart-becomes-batavias-first-state-champion-in-wrestling/638437
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Casper Stewart did something on Saturday that nobody else in Batavia High School history has ever done before -- win a state championship.

He was crowned the Division II 145-pound champ after beating Kieran Cullen (Greenville, Section II) 4-2 in the finals.

His path to victory included a preliminary win over Turner Sochia (Gouverneur, Section X), a quarterfinals win over Colton Havens (Canisteo-Greenwood, Section V), and a semifinal win over Riley Monica (South Jefferson, Section III).

He finishes the season with a 52-3 record and a career record of 279-20. He was a six-time state qualifier, finishing third in 2020, 4th in 2022, and third in 2023.

His 279 wins is fourth all-time in career wins in New York State, and his 202 career pins rank him first all-time in the state and #4 nationally.

He is committed to wresting at Army West Point, a Division I program.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/staff/casper-stewart-becomes-batavias-first-state-champion-in-wrestling/638437#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/staff/casper-stewart-becomes-batavias-first-state-champion-in-wrestling/638437 Feb 25, 2024, 8:49pm wrestling Casper Stewart becomes Batavia's first state champion in wrestling Staff <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-02/131a6957p.jpg?itok=WRCIuHKl" width="800" height="490" alt="casper stewart wresting" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>Casper Stewart did something on Saturday that nobody else in Batavia High School history has ever done before -- win a state championship.</p><p>He was crowned the<span> Division II 145-pound champ after beating Kieran Cullen (Greenville, Section II) 4-2 in the finals.</span></p><p><span>His path to victory included a preliminary</span></p>
On senior night for Attica-Batavia Wrestling, Rick Stewart recognized for 25-year coaching career https://www.thebatavian.com/sognibene/on-senior-night-for-attica-batavia-wrestling-rick-stewart-recognized-for-25-year-coaching
Many former student athletes and coaches came out for Coach Stewart's last home match in Batavia.  Photo by Steve Ognibene
Many former student-athletes and coaches came out for Coach Stewart's last home match in Batavia.  
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After 25 years of dedication to the sport of wrestling, head coach Rick Stewart of Attica-Batavia has said Tuesday's meet was his last home match.  

Despite a 36-31 loss on Tuesday to Webster Thomas in wrestling, there was still a celebratory aura on senior night at Batavia High School.  

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https://www.thebatavian.com/sognibene/on-senior-night-for-attica-batavia-wrestling-rick-stewart-recognized-for-25-year-coaching#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/sognibene/on-senior-night-for-attica-batavia-wrestling-rick-stewart-recognized-for-25-year-coaching Jan 24, 2024, 6:51pm wrestling On senior night for Attica-Batavia Wrestling, Rick Stewart recognized for 25-year coaching career sognibene <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="Many former student athletes and coaches came out for Coach Stewart's last home match in Batavia. Photo by Steve Ognibene" class="image-style-large" height="533" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-01/a76y7887.JPG?itok=8CEcfXSi" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Many former student-athletes and coaches came out for Coach Stewart's last home match in Batavia. &nbsp;</em><br><em>Photo by Steve Ognibene</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>After 25 years of dedication to the sport of wrestling, head coach Rick Stewart of Attica-Batavia has said Tuesday's meet was his last home match. &nbsp;</p><p><span>Despite a 36-31 loss on Tuesday to&nbsp;Webster Thomas in wrestling, there was still a celebratory aura on senior night at Batavia High School.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p>
Photos: Mayhem at The McCarthy wrestling event draws many to Batavia https://www.thebatavian.com/sognibene/photos-mayhem-at-the-mccarthy-wrestling-event-draws-many-to-batavia/635719
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Empire State Wrestling event held at The McCarthy on Sunday. 
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It was Wrestling Mayhem at the David M. McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena on Sunday, with 375 people attending. 

The event drew wrestling fans from as far away as Denver as well as Erie, PA.

Empire State Wrestling participants competed in single, tag-team and title belt matches.

Kati Murray, rink manager said it was well received by many in the community, with positive comments on social media, and the promoter said it was a great venue for the event.

To view or purchase photos, click here.

Photos by Steve Ognibene

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Empire State Wrestling event held at McCarthy Ice Arena, Photo by Steve Ognibene
Empire State Wrestling event held at McCarthy Ice Arena, Photo by Steve Ognibene
Empire State Wrestling event held at McCarthy Ice Arena, Photo by Steve Ognibene
Empire State Wrestling event held at McCarthy Ice Arena, Photo by Steve Ognibene
Empire State Wrestling event held at McCarthy Ice Arena, Photo by Steve Ognibene
Empire State Wrestling event held at McCarthy Ice Arena, Photo by Steve Ognibene
Empire State Wrestling event held at McCarthy Ice Arena, Photo by Steve Ognibene
Empire State Wrestling event held at McCarthy Ice Arena, Photo by Steve Ognibene
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https://www.thebatavian.com/sognibene/photos-mayhem-at-the-mccarthy-wrestling-event-draws-many-to-batavia/635719#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/sognibene/photos-mayhem-at-the-mccarthy-wrestling-event-draws-many-to-batavia/635719 Jul 18, 2023, 3:17pm wrestling Photos: Mayhem at The McCarthy wrestling event draws many to Batavia sognibene <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div align-center"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="Empire State Wrestling event held at McCarthy Ice Arena, Photo by Steve Ognibene" class="image-style-large" height="533" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-07/a76y7686.jpg?itok=wDvMaRaX" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption><em>Empire State Wrestling event held at The McCarthy on Sunday.&nbsp;</em><br><em>Photo by Steve Ognibene</em></figcaption> </figure> <p>It was Wrestling Mayhem at the David M. McCarthy Memorial Ice Arena on Sunday, with 375 people attending.&nbsp;</p><p><span>The event drew wrestling fans from as far away as Denver as well as Erie, PA.</span></p><p>Empire State Wrestling participants competed in single, tag-team and title belt matches.</p><p>Kati Murray, rink</p>
Three local grapplers finished atop of the podium at state wrestling championships https://www.thebatavian.com/steve-ognibene/three-local-grapplers-finished-atop-of-the-podium-at-state-wrestling-championships
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Three local wrestlers had strong showings at the NYS championship meet this week, one of the area's top grapplers, Casper Stewart, finishing third in his class, 152 pounds.

That wasn't the result he and his coach and father were hoping for, said Rick Stewart (dad and coach).

" It’s hard to put things in words right now," Stewart aid. "Obviously, it is not the result we wanted, and we are disappointed.  He set the bar very high and expect to accomplish the goals.  Even though this year’s season is an amazing accomplishment with a 51-1 record with a third-place finish at states and an eastern states title, the ultimate goal wasn't achieved, and that will be the motivation for next year. I'm very proud of him and know he will do great things in this sport. He is beyond driven."

Casper’s comments about the future, Just keep training hard, working with good training partners and coaches.

Other local podium finishers in Genesee County:

  • Alexander senior Ben Merill finished 4th in division two, 138 lb. weight class
  • Byron-Bergen junior Malachi Smith finished 6th in division two, 189 lb. weight class

To view the final results, click here.

Photos and information provided by the Attica-Batavia team

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Alexander wrestler hits 100-win milestone https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/alexander-wrestler-hits-100-win-milestone/626320
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Alexander Gage Wagner, a senior, notched his 100th in and took first place this weekend the Second Annual Robert Bradshaw Memorial Tournament in Canandaigua.

Wagner wrestled in the 152-pound weight class.

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Le Roy Wrestling Club wins tournament https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/le-roy-wrestling-club-wins-tournament/598481
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Press release:

On March 2nd, 2022, the Le Roy Wrestling Club took home the Greater Rochester Youth Wrestling League Championship!

Team Le Roy entered the Western Division with a 6-0 record, once again allowing the Le Roy team to display their athletic skills amongst the best of the Greater Rochester Youth Wrestling League (GRYWL).   

In dominant fashion, Le Roy exhibited their extensive skills versus Hilton, Brockport, and Greece in three separate battles, allowing the team to advance.  Their opponent in the championship semi-finals was Webster Thomas.   

Le Roy won 40-17 over Webster Thomas to advance to the final championship bracket vs. HFL.

HFL was a tough team, but fell short as Le Roy won 47-18 for its first of many anticipated future GRYWL championships!

Le Roy’s success is attributed to a unified village collaborating for the greater good of developing youth wrestling.   A huge thank you to Sean Valdez and D&R Depot for their amazing facility and support.    Jonathan Lauricella (coach), Troy Ireland (coach), Zach Condidorio (coach), Matthew Wojtaszczyk (coach), Cory Beardsley (coach), Rob Stiles (coach) and several parents have assisted as well in every capacity from coaching, managing concessions, and caring for one another throughout the season.   Congratulations to the Le Roy Wrestling Club!

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/le-roy-wrestling-club-wins-tournament/598481#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/le-roy-wrestling-club-wins-tournament/598481 Mar 23, 2022, 4:50pm wrestling Le Roy Wrestling Club wins tournament Press Release <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2022-03/c35a0719.jpg?itok=gYDqSN-l" width="460" height="307" alt="c35a0719.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Press release:</p> <blockquote> <p>On March 2nd, 2022, the Le Roy Wrestling Club took home the Greater Rochester Youth Wrestling League Championship!</p> <p>Team Le Roy entered the Western Division with a 6-0 record, once again allowing the Le Roy team to display their athletic skills amongst the best of the Greater Rochester</p></blockquote>
Le Roy wrestlers pick up two titles at Section V tournament https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/le-roy-wrestlers-pick-up-two-titles-at-section-v-tournament/564047
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Two Le Roy wrestlers came away from the Section V tournament on Saturday with championship titles.

Brock Flint won at 160 pounds and Joey Brennan won at 162 pounds.

Coming in second at 138 pounds, Cole Rauscher, and at 152 pounds, Nate Andrews.

Photos by Tim McArdle.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/le-roy-wrestlers-pick-up-two-titles-at-section-v-tournament/564047#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/le-roy-wrestlers-pick-up-two-titles-at-section-v-tournament/564047 Mar 14, 2021, 2:42pm wrestling Le Roy wrestlers pick up two titles at Section V tournament Howard Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2021-02/ewzfkd2xmaquowk.jpg?itok=K7E-0OWp" width="460" height="307" alt="ewzfkd2xmaquowk.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Two Le Roy wrestlers came away from the Section V tournament on Saturday with championship titles.</p> <p>Brock Flint won at 160 pounds and Joey Brennan won at 162 pounds.</p> <p>Coming in second at 138 pounds, Cole Rauscher, and at 152 pounds, Nate Andrews.</p> <p><em>Photos by Tim McArdle.</em></p> <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2021-02/ewzfkd4weaejsng.jpg?itok=zAy9rRQ3" width="460" height="460" alt="ewzfkd4weaejsng.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Brock Flint</p> <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2021-02/ewzfzwaweaasbag.jpg?itok=zbw2wH81" width="460" height="460" alt="ewzfzwaweaasbag.jpg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Joey</p>
LIVE: Blue Devils vs. Byron-Bergen in wrestling https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/live-blue-devils-vs-byron-bergen-in-wrestling/563777 via Batavia Athletics

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Le Roy wrestling loses season-opening meet with Cal-Mum https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/le-roy-wrestling-loses-season-opening-meet-with-cal-mum/563561
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Even with four grapplers winning their matches, Le Roy's wrestling team couldn't hold on for a win in its first meet of the season on Tueday night at Cal-Mum, losing 36-16.

Winners for Le Roy:

  • Joey Brennan, pin
  • Cole Rauscher, pin
  • Mike Covert, pin
  • Brock Flint, major decision, 13-2

Photos and information submitted by Tim McArdle.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/le-roy-wrestling-loses-season-opening-meet-with-cal-mum/563561#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/le-roy-wrestling-loses-season-opening-meet-with-cal-mum/563561 Feb 17, 2021, 11:26am wrestling Le Roy wrestling loses season-opening meet with Cal-Mum Howard Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2021-02/euzkb-nxiaafqz6.jpeg?itok=ga8P6iaw" width="460" height="307" alt="euzkb-nxiaafqz6.jpeg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Even with four grapplers winning their matches, Le Roy's wrestling team couldn't hold on for a win in its first meet of the season on Tueday night at Cal-Mum, losing 36-16.</p> <p>Winners for Le Roy:</p> <ul> <li>Joey Brennan, pin</li> <li>Cole Rauscher, pin</li> <li>Mike Covert, pin</li> <li>Brock Flint, major decision, 13-2</li> </ul> <p><em>Photos</em></p>
Three local wrestlers advance to state championship in Albany https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/three-local-wrestlers-advance-to-state-championship-in-albany/551346
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Andrew Englerth remains undefeated on the season in wrestling with his 47th win, coming in as a 160-pound D2 state qualifier.

He will now wrestle for a state championship in Albany during the tournament Feb. 28 and 29.

Englerth beat Justin Smith, of Marcus Whitman/Penn Yan, in a major decision, 13-4.

Also picking up championship wins were Zach Hannan, Byron-Bergen, at 152 pounds, beating Kade Slayton of Hornel in a 2-0 decision, and Mitchell Gaiser, Alexander, beating William Tennity of Wayne in a fall at 4 minutes.

Photos submitted by Tim McArdle.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/three-local-wrestlers-advance-to-state-championship-in-albany/551346#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/three-local-wrestlers-advance-to-state-championship-in-albany/551346 Feb 16, 2020, 3:55pm wrestling Three local wrestlers advance to state championship in Albany Howard Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/users/60/2020-01/eq3wgorxuaepugo.jpeg?itok=9KzrPEPS" width="460" height="307" alt="eq3wgorxuaepugo.jpeg" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> </p> <p>Andrew Englerth remains undefeated on the season in wrestling with his 47th win, coming in as a 160-pound D2 state qualifier.</p> <p>He will now wrestle for a state championship in Albany during the tournament Feb. 28 and 29.</p> <p>Englerth beat Justin Smith, of&nbsp;Marcus Whitman/Penn Yan,&nbsp;in a major decision, 13-4.</p> <p>Also</p>