PLATTSBURGH — Troy Seymour and Jay Oakes understand nothing is guaranteed.
The two former Peru Central School wrestlers, however, have earned the opportunity to continue their mat careers when they head to Division I colleges in the fall.
Seymour will take his talents to North Carolina State, while Oakes will attend Sacred Heart.
“Definitely, I will have to work hard to stay alive on the team,” Seymour said. “But I was expecting that. I have to start somewhere and this is a great place to start.
“The location at North Carolina State is incredible — it’s a great place. I’m going to wrestle for a great team in the ACC and a coach (Pat Popolizio) who is from upstate New York. It’s a tremendous opportunity for me and I want to represent Peru well.”
“I’m really excited and looking forward to it,” Oakes said. “Honestly, I wasn’t sure of what I wanted. But I talked to (Peru) coach (Mike) Hogan and figured out what would be the best fit for me.
“I went there on three visits; it’s a good area and definitely is the right fit for me.”
Hogan couldn’t be happier for the two.
“It’s unbelievable for Troy to be going to North Carolina State in the Atlantic Coast Conference,” he said. “What a great opportunity — it’s a big-time program. He will have to work his butt off to make the team and stay in school. Troy’s also going to have to deal with a little more than other kids because he’s going that far away to a big program.
“But Troy’s not afraid to work. He loves wrestling and knows it won’t happen overnight. The ones who are the most successful have the desire and are not satisfied. That’s Troy. I feel very good for him and his family. It’s pretty neat and we’re proud that he came through our program.