Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online


December 4, 2012

Confident mat Lions looking for more

Scapelliti's team features some of section's top grapplers


Loaded with talent, strength and confidence, the Lockport wrestling Lions are looking to make a lot of noise throughout Western New York gyms this winter.
Head coach Joe Scapelliti returns for his 10th season — 16th overall — boasting a career mark of 89-49. His Lions will wrestle at Williamsville East today in their second straight non-league match, then open their Niagara Frontier League slate at 6 p.m. Wednesday, hosting Kenmore East.
Among the returning starters for Lockport is two time Section VI champion and state place finisher Anthony Orefice. The super sophomore will grapple at the 113-pound slot this season. Orefice’s 118 career wins already places him sixth all-time in school history.
“With his sights on a state championship, Orefice will not sneak up on anyone,” Scapelliti said. “As he gets heavier, he’ll be challenged by older kids. It will be a great test for him.” 
Orefice and Lions junior Marshall Taylor (220) earned pins in Thursday’s season-opening, non-league 37-31 loss at Hilton.
“Coming off a great sophomore campaign, Marshall is one of the favorites to win the section at 220,” Scapelliti said. “Physically, it’s very hard to match Marshall’s strength. His wrestling continues to improve daily. Look for a lot of wins by fall.”
Lions senior co-captains this season are starters Brad Feeney (132) and Jose Pagan (145).
Feeney’s coming off a second-place finish in last year’s sectionals and opened his season Thursday with a victory. “He’s never been more focused and determined that what we’ve seen thus far this season,” Scapelliti said. “Barring injury, Brad should reach 100 career wins this season (he currently sits at 87). One hundred wins and a sectional championship would be a super culmination to a six-year carsity career.” 
Pagan is also coming off a second-place finish in Section VI last season and is hungry to add a championship to his resume. Described by his coach as, “an extremely dedicated and responsible team leader,” Jose should reach 100 career wins this season.

Text Only
  • 140416 Abdallah MAIN art.jpg Abdallah ranked No. 5 in the world

    Lockport's Amer Abdallah has been ranked No. 5 in the world in the Cruiserweight Division by the World Kickboxing Association.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140416 LBA art.png Voss is still boss at City Tournament

    Lockport bowling legend Don Voss rolled a Lockport City Bowling Tournament-record 862 three-game series to earn the handicap doubles title with his daughter, Angel Ritz.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140416 Sabres' wrap.jpg Sabres officially bottomed out with season over

    Things can't get much worse in Buffalo following a season during which the team set numerous dubious lows.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140414 Masters MAIN art.jpg My dear Watson

    Bubba Watson’s second Masters title was nothing like the green jacket he won two years ago.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140411 Masters R1 ART.jpg Haas grabs Masters first round lead

    With dad in his ear, Bill Haas turned in the best round of his Masters career Thursday.

    April 10, 2014 2 Photos

  • 140411 Sabres Rangers ART.jpg Late goal fells Sabres

    Rick Nash scored the winning goal with 1:42 left, on New York's third shot of the third period, and the Rangers clinched home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs with a 2-1 victory over the NHL-worst Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Barker uses Wilson to beat Wilson

    Sophomore Brad Wilson sparked visiting Barker to an opening day 13-4 Niagara-Orleans League baseball victory over Wilson on Thursday.

    April 10, 2014

  • 140410 LHS Track ART.jpg Track Lions sweep Niagara Falls

    Brittany Sanford was a triple individual winner on Wednesday, as the Lockport High School boys and girls track teams swept visiting Niagara Falls in the 2014 Niagara Frontier League track and field opener for both schools.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140409 LHS Weather ART.JPG Weather or not

    Such is the current state of Lockport's unplayable athletic fields in the second week of April — a mixture of grass and soupy mud rendered useless by a late 2013-14 winter, melting snow and persistent rain.

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140409 Sabres ART.jpg Wings clip Sabres, close in on playoffs

    The Detroit Red Wings inched closer to clinching a playoff berth with a 4-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

    April 8, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
AP Video
Michael Phelps Set to Come Out of Retirement Raw: UConn Celebrates for Second Straight Night UConn Women Win NCAA Basketball Championship Raw: Workers at Brazil Olympic Park on Strike Some Arrests As Fans Celebrate UConn Win UConn Wins NCAA Men's Basketball Championship UConn Wins NCAA Men's Basketball Champsionship Connecticut, Kentucky Fans React to NCAA Win Connecticut, Kentucky Meet for the Title AP Player of Year: Creighton's Doug McDermott Fearsome Final Foursome Head to North Texas College Athletes Take Labor Cause to Washington Northwestern Practices After Union Ruling Woods Has Back Surgery, Will Miss the Masters Raw: Obama, 'Big Papi' of Red Sox Take Selfie Raw: LA Angels Don Baylor Suffers Leg Injury Seahawks, Sounders Visit Town Near Mudslide Milwaukee Brewers' Adopted Mascot Is Big Hit Tigers' Cabrera Gets Record $292M, 10-year Deal Dayton, Florida, Arizona, Wisconsin in Elite 8
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide