PERU — The Peru varsity wrestling team is still a work in progress.
Saturday, the Indians took another step in the right direction by defending their team championship in the 45th-Annual Peru Wrestling Classic.
Peru, which crowned five individual champions, finished with 222.5 points.
Ogdensburg Free Academy took second with 202 points, Massena third with 182, St. Johnsbury, Vt. fourth with 131 and Canton fifth with 106.
“We’re a young team and we wrestled well,” Peru co-head coach Mike Hogan said. “Ogdensburg and Massena were both tough this weekend and we had to be as well.
“We ended up with five champions and we’re getting better. We have a way to go yet, but we’re competitive. I’m proud of the team and the leadership we got from the captains to keep it together.”
Peru’s Carson Dobozy (99 pounds), Ethan Feazelle (126), Jay Oakes (138), Tanner Phillips (152) and Jordan Bushey (160) won their weight classes.
In the finals, Dobozy recorded a 6-4 win over Ogdensburg Free Academy’s Cordell David; Feazelle a 9-0 decision over Massena’s Michael Brown; Oakes a 3-2 win over Essex, Vt.’s John Stawinski; Phillips a 7-1 victory over Massena’s Danial Elman; and Bushey an 18-5 victory over Massena’s Hunter Perrine.
The Indians placed eight wrestlers in all in the finals, with Brandon Goddeau dropping a 10-6 setback to Canton’s Ryan Brown at 106, David Stickney losing by fall in 5:03 to Champlain Valley Union, Vt.’s Alex Legg at 132, and Dustin Neyer a 5-1 loss to Massena’s Jeremy Malone at 195.
The Coaches’ Award went to the Peru coaches for having the most matmen advance to the finals.
AuSable Valley finished eighth in the team standings with 88 points and had 285-pounder Kenny Rivers make it to the finals. Rivers, however, was pinned in 1:06 by Massena’s Nolan Terrance in the championship. Terrance also won an award for the least time on the mat.