A total of 182 wrestlers will be on hand Sunday at the University at Buffalo to take part in the Section 6 Division II Wrestling Championships. Thirty-two of those wrestlers will represent schools from the local area.
Fredonia, a traditional area powerhouse, will be led by Dakota Gardner and Zach Buckley, who both earned No. 1 seeds. Dakota Gardner will wrestle at 126 pounds while Buckley will compete at 170.
Other members of the Hillbillies going to the Sectional meet include Tyler Cassidy (132, No. 2), Jude Gardner (145, No. 2), Chris Saden (220, No. 3), Nick Nocek (182, No. 4), Jovany Ruiz (106, No. 8), Ben McKelvey (99, No. 12) and Jesse Walker (285, No. 12).
Fredonia’s Jude Gardner, top, will be the No. 3 seed this Sunday at the University at Buffalo, as 182 wrestlers will converge on the mats to determine Sectional winners.
Westfield-Ripley-Chautauqua Lake's top wrestlers Nick Hudson (113, No. 4), Caleb Lawson (160, No. 4) and Trevor Enterline (220, No. 4) will be joined by Tyler Furlow (170, No. 5), Nick Zentz (152, No. 8), Cody Bird (195, No. 9), Kale Gilbert (138, No. 10), DJ Hamrick (285, No. 10), Bryce Rowe (99, No. 11) and Damian Raynor (126, No. 12).
For the Gowanda Panthers, Lucas McKeever is No. 4 at 138 while Cody Richter is No. 5 at 145. Also for Gowanda, Jon Flynn (113) and Ryan Dils (170) are No. 12 seeds.
Cattaraugus-Little Valley-Pine Valley will be led by Matt Booth, the No. 2 wrestler at 195 while teammate Billy Flemming is seeded seventh at 152. Gabe Grey (132) and Alex Kelly (160) are both seeded eighth in their respective weight classes with Logan Martin (126) coming in as a No. 9 seed.
For Cassadaga Valley, Tage Reuther (160) is No. 5 and will be joined by teammates Billy Sischo (138, No. 7), Nick Peterson (160, No. 9) and Tyson Gugino (220, No. 9).
Weigh-ins for the matches will be held between 8-9 a.m., with matches set to begin at 10. The semifinals are tentatively scheduled to begin between 1-2 p.m., with the finals beginning at 5:30.