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Canastota: Albanese brothers shine

Not satisfied with staying home for a lack of competition a few members of the Canastota Youth Wrestling Club searched high and wide throughout the sate for an opportunity to ply their wares. In a weeks time those warriors found three different tournaments at the long distance locations of Alden, Spencerport and Ogdensburg.

Wyatt And Owen Albanese seemed to be in a search for title belts. The Albanese brothers took advantage of that possibility by entering a pair of Battle For The Belt competitions. The first one was at Alden out near Buffalo. At Alden, Owen came away with a championship belt. Of the matches that Owen had, none was closer than his last outing, which was a 10-0 shutout.

Wyatt on the other hand wound up facing his toughest caliber of opposition all season. Wyatt's best match for the day was a 7-0 decision assuring him of a fifth place finish overall.

If one battle wasn't enough the Albanese brothers got a double dose by making the haul one more time. This time they traveled to a more respectable distance, that being Spencerport just north of Rochester. It was Wyatt's turn to shine. Wyatt started out by winning a 7-1 decision. By the end of his journey things got a little tougher. In his last match Wyatt had to grind out a down- to-the-wire 1-0 decision. In the process, Wyatt duplicated the feat of his brothers previous effort by also bringing home a championship belt.

Owen would finish in third place this time out. Two points or less was the total difference in each of Owen's matches.

Four boys from Canastota made the trek up to Ogdensburg for another long distance encounter. In order to be fresh for their ordeal the boys along with their families stayed overnight. Three of the four Raiders found themselves in the title picture throughout the day. The brightest hope for one of those titles was the performance of Cory Evans. Evans started out racking up three pins and getting a forfeit to set the stage for his title bout where he came up on the short end of a hard fought 8-4 loss.

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