ALBANY — Peru’s Jordan Bushey lived up to his No. 2 seed on Friday at the NYSPHSAA Division II Wrestling Championships held at the Times-Union Center.
Bushey, competing at 160 pounds, was the lone Section VII wrestler to advance to the state semifinals.
Bushey opened the tournament with a pin of Section IX’s Eric Morse in 1:23 and then recorded a 9-3 decision over Section I’s Angelo Zegarelli in the quarterfinals.
Section II’s Connor Lawrence will provide Bushey’s competition in today’s semifinal round.
“Jordan wrestled very well (Friday) — he was terrific and everything looked good,” Peru co-coach Mike Hogan said. “He was quick on his feet and fast. He was tuned in.
“The kid he wrestles in the semifinals is from Duanesburg. Jordan wrestled him in the Eastern States quarterfinals and beat him, 7-6.”
Four other Section VII matmen won their opening-round matches.
Saranac’s Jacob Nolan (99) and Codie Gillette (138), Peru’s Jay Oakes (145) and Northern Adirondack’s Matt Lashway (182) advanced to the quarterfinals where they were defeated.
Nolan opened up with a 6-0 decision over Section IX’s Dean Artrip, Gillette a 5-1 decision over Section V’s Colin Royce, Oakes a 3-0 win over Section I’s Colin Hopkins and Lashway a win by fall in 4:55 over Section X’s Justin Garrison.
In the quarterfinals, Gillette and Oakes lost two tough ones.
Section III’s Laken Cook edged out a 3-2 victory over Gillette, while Section II’s Jason Hoffman edged out a 6-5 decision over Oakes.
Meanwhile, Nolan lost by injury default to Section II’s Zachery Lawrence, who is the No. 2 seed, and Lashway was pinned by Section III’s Daniel Smith in 1:18.
“Codie and Jay lost heartbreakers,” Hogan said. “Both lost by one point and were right in it.
“It was a tough way for Jacob to lose. He was up, 4-0, in his match and slammed the kid back to the mat. Their coach said the kid was injured and couldn’t continue. So, Jacob lost by injury default. It was terrible.”