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.
Seymour, the 17-year-old son of Mike and Carol Seymour, has been accepted at Rider, Hofstra and Brockport State. He is also looking into a year of prep school at Wyoming Seminary in Pennsylvania.
Peru’s Luke McKee, Nick Forget, Jordan Bushey and Nick Bushey also took part in the event.
McKee went 0-2 at 220 in the junior division, Forget 1-2 at 141 in the junior division and Jordan Bushey 0-2 at 141 in the sophomore division. Nick Bushey competed in the middle school tournament at 140 pounds and finished in seventh place to earn All-American honors.