By JOHN CORYER
SARANAC — Beekmantown made an early challenge to Peru Saturday by matching the Indians with nine wrestlers in the finals.
Peru, however, won six of its nine championships matches and defended its Section VII Wrestling Championship at Saranac Central School with 244 points, 41 points better than the runner-up Eagles with 203.
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The five-team sectional was rounded out by Saranac in third with 169 points, Northern Adirondack fourth with 155 and AuSable Valley fifth with 79.
It completed a season sweep for the Indians, who also captured the Champlain Valley Athletic Conference crown with an 8-0 record.
“We lost some tough matches today and won some tough ones,” Peru co-coach Mike Hogan said. “We had a great day — the kids all wrestled hard and I’m proud of them.
“As a coach, you’re never going to be completely happy because you want to see all your wrestlers do well because of all the work the coaches and wrestlers put in. We have good kids and they’re good sportsmen.”
Winning their weight classes for the Indians were: Kyler Agoney by technical fall over Beekmantown’s Anthony Cartee at 113; Ethan Feazelle with a pin of AuSable Valley’s Dylan Baker in 4:49 at 120; Nick Forget a pin of Beekmantown’s Jon Graziane in 3:57 at 126; Jordan Bushey a pin of NAC’s Chad King in 2:26; Troy Seymour a pin of Saranac’s Mike Charland in :26 at 170; and Luke McKee a pin of Beekmantown’s Bruce Goddeau in :45 at 220.
The Eagles, however, couldn’t keep up with the Indians in the finals and ended up with two first-place finishers.
Zach Myers was a 2-1 winner by decision over NAC’s Hunter Carpenter in a close championship match at 152 and Gage Bourdeau won by pin over Saranac’s Colby Staley in :37 at 182. Bourdeau also won the Champions Award as voted on by the sectional finalists.
Host Saranac, meanwhile, ended up with the second-most champions as it took first in four classes. The Chiefs had only one top seed going in.
Johnny Devins was a 6-4 winner by decision over Peru’s Brandon Goddeau in an exciting match at 99; Austin LaTulip with a 4-0 decision over Peru’s Tanner Phillips at 132; Codie Gillette with a 3-2 decision over Peru’s Noah Phillips in a battle of two standout wrestlers at 145; and James Black with a pin in 5:39 of Beekmantown’s Dylan Peryea in 5:39.
Devins was chosen as the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler.
“We moved some people around and it came out well for us,” Saranac coach Heath Smith said. “It was a great day for us.
“Devins is a seventh-grader and he was 1-3 against Goddeau this year before today. Gillette was awesome in the finals. LaTulip was 3-1 against Phillips this season, so we felt he had a good chance. And Black was more of an underdog for us — he improved a lot over the summer.”
NAC finished the event with the third-most champions with three.
Austin Trombley won by pin over Beekmantown’s Michael Cartee in 2:25 at 106, Matt Lashway a pin of Beekmantown’s Brandon Defayette in 1:27 at 195, and Scott Guerin with a 5-2 decision over Beekmantown’s Cody Watts at 285.
Still, the day belonged to Peru for the most part.
“I’m very happy with the season we’ve had,” Hogan said. “The 26 matches we won this year are the most we’ve ever won.”
Section VII Wrestling Championships
At Saranac Central School
1, Peru, 244. 2, Beekmantown, 203. 3, Saranac, 169. 4, Northern Adirondack, 155. 5, AuSable Valley, 79.
Individual weight classes
99- 1, Johnny Devins (Sar) dec. Brandon Goddeau (Peru), 6-4, 3, Dustin Dominic (NAC) dec. Trent Cook (Beek), 6-0.
106- 1, Austin Trombley (NAC) pinned Michael Cartee (Beek), 2:25. 3, Colin Hogan (Peru) pinned Shawn LaGrave (Sar), 4:53.
113- 1, Kyler Agoney (Peru) tech. fall over Anthony Cartee (Beek), 6:00. 3, Chad Brooks (Sar).
120- 1, Ethan Feazelle (Peru) pinned Dylan Baker (AVC), 4:49. 3, Richard Armstrong (Sar) dec. Rusty Pombrio (NAC), 1-0.
126- 1, Nick Forget (Peru) pinned Jon Graziane (Beek), 3:57. 3, Rafael Rivera (Sar) dec. Branden LaBombard (NAC), 6-0.
132- 1, Austin LaTulip (Sar) dec. Tanner Phillips (Peru), 4-0. 3, Eathan Bacon (Beek) dec. Tyler LaPoint (NAC), 12-4.
138- 1, Jordan Bushey (Peru) pinned Chad King (NAC), 2:26. 3, Ryan Turner (Beek) dec. D.J. Evans (AVC), 9-0.
145- 1, Codie Gillette (Sar) dec. Noah Phillips (Peru), 3-2. 3, Colin LaBombard (NAC) dec. Casey Leclair (Beek), 6-1.
155- 1, Zachary Myers (Beek) dec. Hunter Carpenter (NAC), 2-1. 2, Will Marcil (Sar) dec. Shane Varin (Peru), 3-0.
160- 1, James Black (Sar) pinned Dylan Peryea (Beek), 5:39. 3, Caleb Feazelle (Peru) dec. Kodie Simpson (AVC), 5-0.
170- 1, Troy Seymour (Peru) pinned Mike Charland (Sar), :26. 3, Cody Laplante (Beek) pinned Jeremy Owen (AVC, 3:54.
182- 1, Gage Bourdeau (Beek) pinned Colby Staley (Sar), :37. 3, Dustin Neyer (Peru) pinned Keith Christensen (AVC), 3:22.
195- 1, Matt Lashway (NAC) pinned Brandon Defayette (Beek), 1:27. 3, Taylor Avanzato (Peru) dec. Collin Fuller (AVC), 3-2.
220- 1, Luke McKee (Peru) pinned Bruce Goddeau (Beek), :45. 3, Dallas Page (NAC) pinned Hunter Bishop (Sar), 2:51.
285- 1, Scott Guerin (NAC) dec. Cody Watts (Beek), 5-2. 3, Ken Rivers (AVC) pinned Dylan Ashline (Peru), :56.