COLCHESTER, Vt. — The Peru wrestling team crowned five individual champions on Saturday and took first place in the Bob Benoure Invitational, hosted by Colchester High School.
Saranac also competed in the event and finished in third place while capturing two weight classes.
The Indians ended up with 245 points in the 18-team field. Massena placed second with 182, followed by Saranac with 169, Champlain Valley Union with 101.5 and Essex with 94.5 to round out the top five.
Nick Forget (126), Noah Phillips (145), Caleb Feazelle (152), Troy Seymour (170) and Dustin Neyer (182) won their weight classes for Peru.
Forget recorded a 6-4 victory over Saranac’s Rafael Rivera in the finals, Phillips a 6-2 decision over Franklin Academy’s Jamiel Stapleton and Feazelle a 16-10 win over Massena’s Hunter Perrine. Seymour won by pin in 1:29 over Harwood’s Kaegen Pearsall, and Neyer earned a 7-4 decision over Mount Mansfield Union’s Sean O’Connor.
“Caleb and Dustin won their first varsity tournaments,” Peru co-coach Mike Hogan said. “I was especially happy for them.
“Troy won his 199th varsity match and he will be going for No. 200 on Wednesday when we wrestle Saranac. He was also chosen at the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler and for the Least Time on the Mat Award.”
Finishing first for the Chiefs were John Devins (99) and Austin LaTulip (132). Devins recorded a 12-6 win over Peru’s Brandon Goddeau in the finals, and LaTulip was a 6-0 winner over Milton’s Dylan Homsted.
“Devins was 3-0 on the day and wrestled great,” Saranac coach Heath Smith said. “He had lost to Goddeau the first two times they wrestled this year.
“And LaTulip did a great job while going 4-0. We wrestled well as a team.”
Four Peru matmen lost in the finals.
In addition to Goddeau’s setback to Devins, Kyler Agoney dropped a close 4-3 decision to Spaulding’s Brandon Tyson, Jordan Bushey a tough 9-8 decision to Massena’s Isaiah Perry at 138, and Luke McKee an 8-0 loss to Harwood’s Kyle Streeter at 220.
Also placing for Peru were Colin Hogan third at 106, Ethan Feazelle third at 120, Tanner Phillips fourth at 132 and Shane Varin third at 145.
“We had nine in the finals and wrestled pretty well,” Hogan said. “We lost some close matches and won some close ones.
“This was our first tournament in Vermont this year, and we weren’t used to the officiating. We learned a couple of lessons the hard way.”
In addition to Rivera’s runner-up finish, other Saranac place-winners included Codie Gillette with a third at 138, James Black third at 152, Shawn LaGrave fourth at 106 and Paul Herrera fourth at 220.