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Almeter Leads Way at NIagara Open

Almeter Leads Way at NIagara Open

Tristan Almeter (Elma/Iroquois) led five Alfred State wrestlers that placed at the Niagara Open with a 2nd place finish in the 184 lb. weight class. 

Almeter earned a 17-0 tech fall vs. Draven Douglas to start the day and then earned a 13-6 decision over Sergio Crespo (Niagara CCC) to advance to the semifinals. He made it to the finals following a 14-5 major decision over Camden Johnson (Spartanburg) but fell in the finals to Cameron Page to end the day with a 3-1 mark.

Devin Horton (Apalachian/Owego Free) was 4-1 on the day to earn 3rd place in the 165 lb. weight class. After falling in his first match, Horton rallied to win four straight. He defeated Zach Mcintyre (St. Clair CC) 7-6, downed Caleb Reid (Spartanburg) 3-1, and then earned a 11-3 major decision over Mike Schneider (Camden CC) to advance to the 3rd place match. He earned 3rd with a 5-4 win over JD Harrelson (Spartanburg).

Kyle Fitzgerald (Turin/South Lewis) and Aaron Paddock (Warsaw) both placed in the heavyweight bracket. Fitzgerald 5-1 on the day while Paddock was 5-2. 

  • Fitzgerald won 7-1 over SinQue Davis (Jamestown CC) but was downed in his quarterfinal match. He then bounced back with a 14-0 win over Danny Chambers (UMass), a 12-3 victory over Jack Thayer (Grand Valley), and a 6-3 win over Caleb Corrigan (Camden CC). He earned 3rd place when Paddock fofeited the match.
  • Paddock won 6-2 over Nick Jones (Jamestown CC) and downed Boaz Smart (Brockport) to advance to the quarterfinals. He fell in the quarters but bounced back with three straight wins, a pin of Mitchell Lattuca, a 3-1 win over Jones, and a major decision 19-7 over Justin Johnson to advance to the 3rd place match vs. Fitzgerald.

At 141 lbs., Yameek Kendrick (Lisle/Whitney Point) 2-3 with a pin to earn 6th place.

The Pioneers are back in action next weekend as the Alfred State Open. Action is slated to begin at 11 a.m.