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2017-12-20 / Sports

Pair of grapplers claim ECIC championships

Sports Reporter

Aiden Rabideau was joined at this year’s ECIC Wrestling Championships’ winner’s podium by teammate Anthony Corigliano, as the pair placed first in their respective brackets to claim individual titles at Saturday’s event.

Clarence finished third in the team standings for the tournament, which was pared down to a single day due to Friday’s winter weather. Without the benefit of a second day, a greater emphasis was placed on the tournament’s first two rounds; losing there in this year’s tournament meant an earlier exit than normal for competitors.

Fortunately for Rabideau, who won a second consecutive ECIC title with his victory at 113 pounds this year, Corigliano, the 126-pound winner, and an additional handful of Clarence’s competitors, an early round upset was not in the cards as the Red Devils ultimately had seven wrestlers finish in the top six of their respective weight classes.

“It’s hard having the first two rounds become a single-elimination scenario because if you’re an unseeded wrestler just trying to get in some quality matches so that you can improve yourself, and you get a bad draw, you can wind up with a really short day and nothing really to show for it,” coach Jason Chase said.

Andy Burden and Joe Mannarino also reached the finals of the 132- and 170-pound brackets, respectively, but both were denied titles to place second overall. Quinten Burke and John White each took fifth place at 145 and 160 pounds, respectively, while Dan Beil placed sixth at 220 pounds.

“I thought we had a good tournament as a team,” Chase said. “Aiden probably was in the toughest bracket of the tournament, so for him to beat a returning sectional champion in the finals to win his title — and the Most Outstanding Wrestler designation — was great. He’ll have that same match with [Lancaster’s] Parker [Rozler] multiple times this year, so for Aiden to beat a kid who beat him last year was a nice confidence booster for him. And this was Anthony’s first tournament win, so it was great to see. He had a close first match but then really dominated the rest of the bracket.”

Clarence went into the tournament looking to do well after defeating Frontier three days earlier, 49-25. Garrett Jason (113), Rabideau (120), Corigliano (126), Matt Gawron (138), Jack Feltz (145) and Burke (152) all won matches by pin for the Red Devils.

“Frontier was a good win for us,” Chase said. “We wrestled them the weekend before, so we made some adjustments to our lineup and they worked out for us. We improved on some things, and some guys who wrestled the same kids as the weekend before improved on their matches, and some kids who lost the week before won this time around too. It was nice to see that kind of improvement in just a week’s time.”

Clarence closes out the pre-holiday portion of its tournament by facing Williamsville North today, and then returns to action during the break by taking part in the annual Spencerport Tournament Dec. 28 and 29.

email: jnadolinski@beenews.com

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