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Western NY U23 Selects Beat an Upstate Select XV

Posted Monday June 25, 2018

Western NY U23 Selects Beat an Upstate Select XV
    On Saturday, June 23, 2018, an Upstate Select XV traveled to Buffalo, NY to play the Western NY U23 Selects.  The WNY U23 side, organized by the Buffalo Rugby Club (BRC), was compromised of college players who are home for the summer and current members of BRC.  The WNY U23s won by a score of 84-19.  The Upstate side was missing a few players from last summer’s squad but they battled mightily versus a young, fit U23 side.  WNY U23 scored the first try as Mike Young (UB) dove into the corner.  The conversion was missed but the tone had been set.  Off a misplayed pass, Corey Ratka (BRC/St. Bonaventure) grabbed the loose ball on the bounce and ran in the 2nd try for WNY U23s.  Luca Wrabetz netted the conversion to make the core 12-0.  In the rest of the 1st half WNY U23s attacked and the Upstate played defense.  As a result, the WNY U23s scored 2 more tries, one by Young and the other by Anthony Gray (BRC).  Wrabetz converted one and the WNY U23 side had a comfortable 24-0 lead at the half.
    In the 2nd half, the Upstate scored two early tries and a conversion to close within 12 points.  However, except for a late try and conversion by Max Grundy (BRC), the 2nd half was all WNY U23s.  Demonstrating clinical precision and youthful energy, the side rang up 60 more points taking the final score to 84-19.  Scoring in 2nd half for WNY U23s were Young (his 3rd try), Gray (his 2nd try), Nick D’Amato (Fordham) 3 tries, Nate Moore (Buff. State) 2 tries and 2 conversions, Tim Darling (UB), Matt Ringland (BRC), Josh Bennett (BRC) one try apiece, and Wrabetz added 3 more conversions.
    All in all a great day of rugby with some exceptional players on both sides.  Playing for the WNY U23 selects- Mike Barcachy (UB), Colton Kells (BRC), Will Burke (UB), Noah Klumpp (BRC), Brad Weber (BRC), James Stewart (BRC), Tim Darling (UB), JP Vance (LeMoyne College), Mike Cornacchio (UB), Luca Wrabetz (UB), Corey Ratka (BRC/St Bona), Cody Ratka (UB), Joe Philpps (Canisius), Mike Young (UB), Nick D’Amato (Fordham), Nate Moore (Buff St.), Ray Miranda, Jr (Canisius HS/Fordham), AnthonyGray (BRC) Josh Bennett (BRC), Frosty DiFlavia (Canisius), Pat Klopp (Canisius), and Matt Ringland (England)

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