PLATTSBURGH — A number of Section VII wrestlers have qualified for the National Greco-Roman and Freestyle Wrestling Championships to be held July 13 through July 20 at the Fargo Dome in Fargo, North Dakota.
The local wrestlers qualified for the large national meet by placing in the New York State Greco-Roman and Freestyle Championships that were held May 10, 11 and 12 at Broome Community College in Binghamton.
Leading the way for the local contingent were Peru’s Troy Seymour and Saranac’s Colby Staley, who both won state championships.
Seymour, competing in the Junior Division for ages 17 and 18, took first place in the Freestyle at 170 pounds. Staley, competing in the Cadet Division for ages 15 and 16, finished first in the Greco-Roman at 182 pounds.
Seymour also qualified at 170 in the Greco-Roman with a third-place finish. Staley added a fourth-place finish in 182 in Freestyle.
Also in the Junior Division, Peru’s Luke McKee had a strong meet at 220 pounds. He placed second in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman to qualify. Saranac’s Codie Gillette took second at 145 in Greco-Roman and fourth in Freestyle, while Peru’s Tanner Phillips, wrestling at 152, finished fifth in Greco-Roman.
In the Cadet Division, Peru’s Jordan Bushey, competing at 145, placed second in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman. Northern Adirondack’s Collin LaBombard was second at 160 in the Greco-Roman and Peru’s Brandon Goddeau is an alternate to the nationals as he placed fifth in Greco-Roman.
Saranac’s Paul Herrera, wrestling at 220, also qualified for the nationals by winning his Greco-Roman division at the Northeast Regional, held in Pennsylvania.
The Section VII qualifiers will be part of the New York State team that will take part in the nationals, which is the largest high school wrestling tournament in the nation.
Other local matmen who competed in the state event were AuSable Valley’s Dylan Baker at 132 in the Cadet Division, NAC’s Brandon LaBombard at 145 in the Cadet Division and Saranac’s James Black at 160 in the Junior Division.
The wrestlers have already attended training camps at Columbia University and Columbia High School and will leave on Sunday for the U.S. National Training Camp at Mount St. Vincent in the Bronx.
They will then depart the following week for Fargo.
Hogan fifth at nationals
Former Peru standout and current Harvard University wrestler Patrick Hogan recently placed fifth at 145 (66 kilos) in Greco-Roman at the University Nationals held at Akron University.
The University Nationals include wrestlers ages 17 to 28 and Hogan compiled a 3-2 record in his class, which was won by Joe Locksmith of the U.S. Naval Academy, Hogan competed for the Harvard University Gold Medal Wrestling Club.
Hogan dropped a 6-4 decision to Carter McElhany from the Air Force Academy, recorded an 8-0 victory over Aaron Holloway from the U.S. Marines Academy, a 7-0 win over Dillon Schown of the Eagle Crest Wrestling Club, a 9-0 loss to Sahid Karbow of George Mason and a 6-4 verdict over Acton Pifer of Appalachian State in his match for fifth place.