ALBANY — All in all, it turned out to be a pretty good day for Section VII during Friday’s first day of action in the NYSPHSAA Wrestling Championships at the Albany Times-Union Center.
Peru’s Nick Forget (126) and Troy Seymour (170), along with Beekmantown’s Gage Bourdeau (182), advanced to today’s semifinals by each winning two matches.
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Reaching the semifinals guarantees placing in the state event and finishing no worst than sixth.
Section VII, with several wrestlers making their first trip to the states, had its 15 matmen go a combined 18-21 on the day.
“We did pretty well — surprisingly well,” Peru co-coach Mike Hogan said. “We ended up with three in the semifinals and all our kids from Section VII competed hard. It was a pretty good day for the section.
“We had seven wrestlers win their first matches of the day.”
Forget began the day with a pin of the PSAL’s Daniel Padulo in 38 seconds and then recorded a hard-fought 2-1 win over Section VI’s Brandon Muntz in the quarterfinals.
“I’m pretty happy,” Forget said. “The second match was a close one. I talked to some kids who had wrestled him and they said I could beat him. He was scrappy.
“I reversed him in the second period to get the lead and then had a point awarded to him. But I rode him out.”
Forget will get Section IV’s William Koll in today’s semifinals.
“He’s the top seed, but I’m confident,” Forget said.
Seymour, meanwhile, recorded a 13-1 decision over Section V’s Collin Fox in the opening round and then a 5-2 win over Section IV’s Zack Buckley in the quarterfinals.
“I beat the first guy up pretty good,” Seymour said. “When I have a big lead like that, I make sure I don’t make a mistake in the third period.