February 24, 2013

Three place in state wrestling for Section VII

Peru's Troy Seymour finishes third

ALBANY — It wasn’t what Troy Seymour was looking for.

The Peru standout, with a state championship as his goal heading into the weekend, had to settle for a third-place finish in Saturday’s NYSPHSAA Division II Wrestling Championships at the Albany Times-Union Center.

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Still, Seymour was able to wrap up an outstanding career at Peru where he became the first Section VII wrestler to win 200 matches for a varsity career, and recorded a fourth-place finish last year and a third this year at 170 pounds.

Seymour won two matches on Friday to advance to Saturday’s semifinals where he dropped a tough 1-0 decision to Adis Radoncic, from Section XI’s Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy.

How Seymour ended up losing was a story in itself.

Ordinarily when a wrestler loses, 1-0, in a match, it’s because his opponent gets an escape at some point. Not so in this case, however.

“Troy almost got a takedown at the end of the first period — but didn’t get it,” Peru coach Mike Hogan said. “Troy was on top for the whole second period but, at one point, got warned for stalling.

“Troy was on the bottom in the third period and that’s where you want to be in a tie match. What then happened was that Troy got hit for stalling and the kid was awarded a point and won the match. I can tell you right now that Troy wasn’t stalling. If he gets an escape, he’s in the state finals. There’s no reason for him to stall.”

Seymour, however, showed his mettle in the wrestlebacks with a 3-0 win over Collin Fox, of Section V’s Midlakes, and then a 3-2 decision over John Messinger, of Section I’s Putnam Valley in the third/fourth place match.

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