Extra work at 'The Barn' paying off for WNY's top wrestlers
February 21, 2019


On the path to this weekend's NYSPHSAA championships in Albany, some of Western New York's best wrestlers have been getting frequent maintenance work done on the second floor of a three-car garage at the end of a quarter-mile driveway in Elma.

State tournament qualifiers Johnny Putney of East Aurora, Ryan Stencel from Lancaster, and the three McDougald cousins, Warren and Justin of Niagara Wheatfield and Willie from Niagara Falls, are among the garage band of grapplers who have gathered for Sunday morning workouts led by former Kenmore West coach Kevin Day.

The practice sessions are held in what the wrestlers call "The Barn," a windowless, 30-by-36-foot space covered wall to wall in blue and red mats.