April 17, 2013

Peru's Seymour earns All-American status

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia — Peru’s Troy Seymour closed out his outstanding high school wrestling career when he earned All-American honors last week by compiling a 6-3 record in the National High School Coaches Association Senior Wrestling Championships.

Seymour was one of 58 wrestlers competing in the 160-pound class.

“Troy ended up finishing sixth overall,” Peru coach Mike Hogan said. “It’s quite an accomplishment for him. The top eight in each weight class become an All-American and Troy has placed in this tournament four times, including finishing second last year.

“The senior division is by far the toughest to place. To compete in the senior division, a wrestler has to be at least a state finalist and one of the top four wrestlers in his weight class in the bigger wrestling states.”

Seymour opened the tournament with a 4-0 decision over Delaware’s Nic McGinley and a 5-0 decision over Arizona’s Christian Stadler before suffering a 4-0 loss to New Jersey’s Terrell Forbes, a three-time state runner-up.

Seymour, however, rebounded in the wrestlebacks with a 3-0 victory over New Jersey’s Connor Donahue and a 2-1 overtime decision over Virginia state champion Rory Renzi.

The Peru standout then earned All-American status with his 1-0 win over two-time Arizona state champion Seth Monty. Seymour’s most impressive victory in the event was a 2-0 decision over four-time Massachusetts state champion Ryan Niven.

Seymour’s final two matches didn’t go his way. He was beaten by two-time West Virginia state champion Jake Smitha, 5-1, before dropping a 7-4 decision in a rematch to Forbes.

In his high school career at Peru, Seymour, a four-time Section VII champion, became the first Section VII wrestler to win 200 matches for a varsity career. He finished fourth in the state at 170 pounds in Division II his junior season and third this past season.

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