Niagara CCC returns All-American Troy Keller and several other qualifiers from last season's squad. See below for more information from head coach Keith Maute on the 2017-18 team as well as the early season results.
New York Wrestling News (NYWN): How would you summarize last season for your team?
Keith Maute (KM): Last season was bittersweet. It was great to be conference and regional champs and qualify 9 kids for the nationals. The national tournament could have gone better. We had a couple close losses in the All American round that I would like to have back and the illegal slam call on Troy Keller. He did receive All American honors but should have won the tournament.
NYWN: Who are your top returning wrestlers?
125lbs Zach Burke was doing well but tore his hamstring at national duals
133lbs Freddy Eckles lost in AA round 2017
141lbs John Reina lost in AA round 2016
141lbs Michael Phelps spot starter last year
157lbs Ryan Sebesta National Qualifier @174
165lbs Troy Keller returning All American
174lbs Jaelen Jean spot starter last year
184lbs Sergio Crespo red shirted last year
197lbs Eugene Latson spot starter last year
197lbs John Fuino spot starter last year
285lbs David Carnie redshirted last year
NYWN: Who are the top wrestlers who graduated/moved on from your team?
NYWN: What newcomers do you think will make an impact?
KM: CJ Walz looks to be college ready and should make an immediate impact. Matt Genau is doing very well - just needs to put on a little size. We also have a few section champs and placers and state place finishers that are doing well -
NYWN: What are the highlights of your schedule this year?
KM: We always look forward to the NYS Championships, Regionals and Nationals. We will also be hosting the district duals and have a big dual with Nassau.
NYWN: What do you see as your team's biggest strengths this season?
KM: This group of kids works extremely hard and seems to really bond well as a team.
NYWN: What are your goals/expectations for this season?
KM: Regional Champs and a top ten finish at the nationals
NYWN: What is a potential lineup?
125lbs Matt Genau, Zach Burke, CJ Walz
133lbs CJ Walz, Freddy Eckles
141lbs John Reina, Michael Phelps
149lbs Steve Kapuscinski, Dominic Crouse
157lbs Ryan Sebesta
165lbs Troy Keller
174lbs Jaelen Jean, Mark Ohanian, Jacob Garrow, Adam Mateo
184lbs Sergio Crespo
197lbs Eugene Latson, John Fuino
285lbs David Carnie
Courtesy of Keith Maute
NCCC went to Muskegon Michigan last weekend and beat host Muskegon CC 23-19.
On Saturday, the team competed in the Ben McMullen Open. Troy Keller won in dominating fashion, going 6-0 with 4 technical falls, a pin and a decision. Freddy Eckles placed 3rd. Mark Ohanian and Sergio Crespo took 4th. Ryan Sebesta, Jaelen Jean, Jacob Garrow and David Carnie made it to the top 6.
NIAGARA DEFEATS MUSKEGON - DUAL RESULTS
125 Benny Gomez (musk) dec Matt Genau 10-4
133 CJ Walz (nia) pinned Corey Robinson 2:55
141 Michael Phelps (Nia) wbfor
149 Dren Bratrum (musk) dec John Reina 7-4
157 Ryan Sebesta (Nia) dec Jojo Dowell 9-8
165 Sage Gonzales (musk) dec Jaelen Jean 6-4ot
174 Troy Keller (Nia) wbtf Blake Ross 16-0
184 Sergio Crespo (Nia) dec Ronnell Mcghee 4-3
197 Blake Hadwan (Mus) wbmd John Fuino 10-1
285 Ramon Correa (Mus) pinned David Carnie 5:31
In addition, Niagara CCC opened up the conference schedule with a bang with a big win over Mercyhurst Northeast. The results are below.
NCCC 47 Mercyhurst Northeast 3
125 Matt Genau(nia) pinned Derek Burrage 5:15
133 CJ Walz (nia) pinned Kendrick Beyer 1:55
141 Michael Phelps (nia) pinned Monteze Thomas 1:48
149 John Reina (nia) wbfor
157 Ryan Sebesta (nia) dec Zach Cassidy 10-3
165 Troy Keller (nia) tech fall Derek Ridgeway 18-1
174 Jaelen Jean (nia) dec Kennard Hairston 9-3
184 Deven Simpson (MNE) dec Mark Ohanian 15-9
197 Eugene Latson (nia) wb inj default Hunter Harnish 2:06
285 David Carnie (nia) pinned Austin Slocum 3:58