Ilio DiPaolo awards presentedby jmaloni
The 15th annual Ilio DiPaolo Scholarship Award night was held May 27 at Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave. in Blasdell, honoring five top local high school wrestlers for their wrestling excellence, academic achievement and citizenship.
Two Niagara-Wheatfield wrestlers were among those honored:
•Angelo Malvestuto received the Destroyer Wrestling Award, which recognizes the best pure wrestler.
Malvestuto had a career won loss record of 225-39 and is a four-time NYS Division I top four place finisher, winning the 189 pound state title his senior year. The Niagara-Wheatfield standout is also a former national champion and three-time national place finisher. Malvestuto earned a Division I scholarship to Virginia Tech University.
•James Donner received the Cauliflower Ally Club Wrestling Award.Donner is an outstanding student/athlete at Niagara-Wheatfield High School. Donner is a two-time Section Six Champion at the 285 pound class and a state place finisher his junior year. Donner has a 91 average in the classroom and was also an all-league football and track star at N-W. He will be attending the University at Buffalo.