January 31, 2013

Peru's Seymour first Sect. 7 wrestler to 200 wins

PERU — It was a big night for the Peru wrestling program.

The Indians defended their Champlain Valley Athletic Conference championship Wednesday night with a 49-22 victory over Saranac.

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Leading the way for Peru (25-2, 7-0) was senior Troy Seymour, who became the first Section VII wrestler ever to record 200 wins in a varsity career.

Seymour, who has wrestled on the varsity since seventh grade, pinned the Chiefs’ Hunter Bishop in 1:45 at 170 pounds to reach the prestigious milestone.

“Winning 100 matches in a career is a big deal,” said Peru co-coach Gary Edwards. “But winning 200 had never been done before.

“This is a great achievement for Troy. He’s won the sectionals three times. He’s had a couple of disappointing losses once in a while since seventh grade, but he keeps plugging away and working hard.

“It was a fantastic night for Troy and the team.”

A big difference Wednesday was that the Indians won all the close matches that were up in the air going in.

Peru’s Brandon Goddeau recorded a 5-0 decision over Johnny Devins at 99, Tanner Phillips a 3-2 win over Austin Latulip at 132, and Jordan Bushey with a 4-2 victory over Codie Gillette at 138.

“Those were three matches that could have gone either way,” said Edwards. “Devins had beaten Goddeau in a tournament this past weekend.

“It was a good match between Phillips and Latulip. And the Bushey against Gillette match was a great one. Both were exhausted at the end.”

With the close matches going Peru’s way, the Indians won seven of the first eight matches to grab a commanding 25-6 advantage.

Colin Hogan won by fall at 106, Ethan Feazelle by decision at 120, Nick Forget by decision at 126 and Noah Phillips by decision at 145, to go along with wins by Goddeau, Tanner Phillips and Bushey.

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