This year's wrestling team had a stellar season with many highlights. The young team battled all year and their hard work brought great results.
For the second year in a row, wrestlers Amilcar Morales and Bryce Kelly were named League champions.
Six wrestlers represented Albion as they competed in the Section VI championships. They included Amilicar Morales, Cole Spierdowis, Dayne Aina, Will Freeman, Cody Wilson and Cameron Bell.
Senior wrestler Cody Wilson was selected to compete in the NYS wrestling championships held in Albany. Wilson closed out his career with a 6th place finish becoming only the third wrestler in Albion High School history to place at the NYS tournament.
Wilson went 3-3 at the NYS championships. He is seen here pinning his opponent.
Head Coach Pat Uveino received the Niagara-Orleans (N-O) Coach of the Year award. This award is voted on by the N-O coaches. Coach Uveino has been the Purple Eagles head coach since 2016. Prior to that, he was the assistant coach for 15 years.
When asked about his award Coach Uveino stated, “It is an honor to accept this award on behalf of all the coaches, wrestlers and families of our program. This award is voted on by the coaches in our league so it speaks volumes on how our coaching staff and wrestlers are viewed by other teams. I have been blessed to be surrounded by phenomenal coaches that not only coach our kids but inspire them as well. We all bring something different to the table and David Skrip, Mike Sanders, Will Francis, Preston Flugel and Jordan Wolcott have done an amazing job to continue helping our kids not only with wrestling but with all challenges they may encounter. A special thanks to all the wrestlers. They truly are the epitome of hard work and sacrifice. The amount of time and effort they put into the wrestling season is unmatched and for that I am truly grateful."
Every year the coaches and wrestling team hold a week long wrestling camp for middle school students. The camp is very popular with students who learn basic wrestling skills while building rapport with the coaches and wrestling team.
Coach Uveino looks on as students practice their wrestling skills during wrestling camp. .
Wrestling team members work 1-1 with camp attendees.
Wrestlers practice during the camp so attendees can watch and learn from them.
Assistant Coach David Skrip plays referee as students compete against each other.
Camp participants get together to discuss what they learned.
Wrestling team members and camp attendees gather together for a group photo.
Congratulations wrestling team and coaches for a very successful season!