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BY: Mike Pidanick, Metro Source | February 07, 2014

Dylan Arena has accomplished plenty already in his sophomore wrestling season. But the Clarence High School sophomore knows the work is far from done.

Arena is one of a number of Red Devils looking strong as postseason looms and the goals are as high as ever.

�I have to keep working; can�t slack now,� Arena said after the Red Devils won the Border Brawl against Lancaster for a fourth straight season.

Arena, the top ranked wrestler at 99 pounds in the Wrestling Review of Western New York rankings, has been at the top of his game recently.

He helped the Red Devils to a dominating team championship by finishing atop the podium at 99 pounds. Arena beat Trent Nadeau of Sweet Home, 6-1, in the championship match.

He was one of three champions and eight place-winners for the Red Devils in the two-day tournament at Lake Shore High School.

�That was nice, taking first at that tournament,� he said. �Hopefully I can build on it and keep going.�

It was his second championship in as many weeks. Arena also took first at the Lockport Invitational Tournament on Jan. 11, pinning Fairport�s Jake Bell in the finals.

Arena was also undefeated at Clarence�s Jon Vesper Duals in December, placed second at the Teike/Bernabi Invitational at Spencerport and took third at the Matthew Marino Invitational Tournament at Webster Schroeder.

�Dylan�s been wrestling tough,� Clarence coach Jason Chase said. �We have a lot of guys that we expect to make some noise; we just have to keep working.�

Clarence had five kids ranked in the latest WRWNY rankings. A year ago, the Red Devils sent four boys to the state tournament and three are back this season and Ryan Burns (113 pounds), Nate Schwab (160) and Jake Weber (170) are all looking to get back to Albany and find the podium.

Arena hopes to join them.

�We�re hoping for a lot of people do really well at sectionals,� Arena said. �Hopefully we can take a bunch of guys to states.�

Clarence, widely viewed as Western New York�s best team, has gathered its share of team trophies this season.

The Red Devils won team titles at the ECIC and Lockport tournaments, went undefeated at the Vesper Duals and retained the Border Brawl trophy with a dual meet win over Lancaster.

Clarence also took second at Webster Schroeder and Spencerport and also posted a respectable 2-2 showing at the prestigious Union-Endicott Dual Meet.

�We�ve all been wrestling solid,� Arena said. �Everyone�s been wrestling tough.�

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