East Aurora wrestler Johnny Putney piling up wins in pursuit of state title
December 17, 2018


Johnny Putney has his eyes on the prize in what could be his final wrestling season.

“I want to go out with a bang,” the East Aurora senior said. “A state title is my No. 1 goal. That would be awesome.”

Putney won the Section VI Division II championship at 138 pounds last season but an emergency appendectomy prevented him from competing at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships.

The sectional final match was Putney’s 167th career victory, putting him in a tie with Kevin Kot for the Blue Devils’ all-time record.

“I expected to break that record at states,” Putney said. “Being tied all offseason motivated me to work extra hard to blow that out of the water this year.”