ALBANY — It wasn’t what Troy Seymour was looking for.
The Peru standout, with a state championship as his goal heading into the weekend, had to settle for a third-place finish in Saturday’s NYSPHSAA Division II Wrestling Championships at the Albany Times-Union Center.
Still, Seymour was able to wrap up an outstanding career at Peru where he became the first Section VII wrestler to win 200 matches for a varsity career, and recorded a fourth-place finish last year and a third this year at 170 pounds.
Seymour won two matches on Friday to advance to Saturday’s semifinals where he dropped a tough 1-0 decision to Adis Radoncic, from Section XI’s Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy.
How Seymour ended up losing was a story in itself.
Ordinarily when a wrestler loses, 1-0, in a match, it’s because his opponent gets an escape at some point. Not so in this case, however.
“Troy almost got a takedown at the end of the first period — but didn’t get it,” Peru coach Mike Hogan said. “Troy was on top for the whole second period but, at one point, got warned for stalling.
“Troy was on the bottom in the third period and that’s where you want to be in a tie match. What then happened was that Troy got hit for stalling and the kid was awarded a point and won the match. I can tell you right now that Troy wasn’t stalling. If he gets an escape, he’s in the state finals. There’s no reason for him to stall.”
Seymour, however, showed his mettle in the wrestlebacks with a 3-0 win over Collin Fox, of Section V’s Midlakes, and then a 3-2 decision over John Messinger, of Section I’s Putnam Valley in the third/fourth place match.
Fox was one of the wrestlers Seymour defeated on Friday to advance to the semifinals.
“Troy was shocked — he was devastated,” Hogan said. “It was such a crushing loss. He was in tears until five minutes before his next match.
“How he came back from that to take third place is beyond me. He showed a lot of character. I’m proud of him because he wasn’t afraid to say he wanted to win a state championship, believed he could do so and put in the work.”
Peru’s Nick Forget (126) and Beekmantown’s Gage Bourdeau (182) also won two matches on Friday to advance to the semifinals. Both, however, were beaten in the semis and ended up fifth and sixth, respectively, in their weight classes.
Forget dropped a 7-1 decision to top-seeded William Koll, of Section IV’s Lansing, in the semifinals.
He then suffered a tough 3-2 setback to Ryan Snow, of Section III’s General Brown, in the wrestlebacks before recording an 8-2 decision over Brandon Muntz, of Section VI’s Falconer, in the fifth/sixth place match.
Forget posted a 2-1 win over Muntz in the quarterfinals.
“Nick fell behind, 7-0, in the first period of his semifinal,” Hogan said. “He got after him after that, but it was too late. He did come back for fifth, however.”
Bourdeau, after looking strong with two wins on Friday, had a rough day Saturday.
He was pinned by defending state champion Zack Zupan, from Section III’s Canastota, in the semifinals.
Bourdeau then dropped a close 3-2 decision to Brad Burns, from Section II’s Hoosick Falls, in the wrestlebacks, and was pinned by Ryan Marszal, from Section IV’s Unatego in the fifth/sixth match.
Saranac’s Austin LaTulip (132), Peru’s Jordan Bushey (138) and Northern Adirondack’s Matt Lashway (195) entered Saturday’s action in need of one more win in the wrestlebacks to place.
All three, however, were eliminated in their first matches of the day and finished the tournament with 2-2 records.
Clyde Carey, of Section V’s Addison, recorded a 2-1 victory over LaTulip, the second one-point loss for LaTulip over the weekend.
Drew Longo, of Section I’s Ardsley, ended Bushey’s hopes with a 5-3 decision.
And Dusty Lewis, of Section VI’s Salamanca, eliminated Lashway from the competition with a 10-2 decision. Lewis had dropped a 12-11 decision to the top seed, Section V’s Bryce Mazurowski, in the semifinals.
“As a section, we still did very well,” Hogan said. “We wrestled very well for the youth we had on the team and the inexperience many of our wrestlers had at the state tournament.”