We had nine wrestlers compete yesterday at the Buffalo Open. They were lead by place winners Dan Riggi, Cody Reed, and Derek Heyman. Riggi was the top performer for the guys with a 5th place finish. He opened the tournament with a 5-1 win over Wolfe of Gannon. In the quarters, he beat Dan Gormley of Buffalo 5-2. Then, he dropped two tight matches in the semifinals and consolation semifinals 2-4 and 2-3 to eventual runner-up Shelton Mack of Pittsburgh and third place finisher Justin Farmer of Buffalo. Riggi finished strong with a solid 7-3 win where he again beat Gormely for 5th place.
Cody Reed won his first match of the tournament 9-2 over Tyler Peter of Buffalo. Then, he dropped his semifinal about 7-10 to last year’s Buffalo Open Champion, Kadeem Samuels of Lehigh. Reed beat Carl Korpi of Cortland 4-3 and lost to Justin Heiserman of Buffalo 1-3. He finished the tournament with dominant 11-2 win over Zach Simons of Brockport.
Derek Heyman went three and three on the day with wins over Eliah Golding of Brockport (5-3), Dominic Pietropaolo of Pittsburgh (2-1), and Vin Fischetti of Edinboro 16-3. He dropped matches to Kevin Smith of Buffalo (1-4), Joe Rendina of Finger Lakes (1-7), and Ron Garbinsky of Pittsburgh 3-4 to finish 8th.
Angelo Bortoluzzi won two matches: over teammate Joe Chamish 10-5 and over Chris Dowdy of the Finger Lakes Wrestling Club 5-0. Tyler Deuel also won two matches on the day. Deuel had a 12-3 win over Michael Amaro of Edinboro and a pin in 1:39 over Aireol Harper of Niagara County Community College. Vin Grella had a 12-6 win over Dan Palmerino of Brockport. Also competing at the Buffalo open were Alex Neal, Joe Chamish, and Adam Morris.
I expected the group to do a little better but at the Buffalo Open but it is a starting point and we will work to improve from here. Dan Riggi was clearly the standout this weekend. Heyman placed in his first collegiate competition. These were the first college matches for six of the nine wrestlers and they are working on the adjustment to college.
This week, basically everyone that is healthy will be competing and we are excited for the BU Open and the two duals on Saturday. I will preview both duals and the BU Open later this week in addition to our regular “Two Minute Tuesday” and “Throwback Thursday” segments.