ALBANY - Peru senior Arik Robinson will hold the top spot in the 112-lbs. bracket as the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division II wrestling championships take to the mat starting Friday, Feb. 25, at the Times Union Center in Albany.
Robinson (34-2), the three-time defending state champion, will be the top seed in his weight class, opening the tournament against Section X's Zachary Ayen of Gouverneur.
Robinson would then face the winner of Justin Underwood (Bayport-Blue Point, XI) and eighth seed Anthony Calvano (Nanuet, I) if he were to open with a win, while fifth seed Austin Keough (Warsaw, V), Paul Schoenberg (Baruch College Campus, PSAL), Alfred Aubin (Whitehall, II) and fourth seed Sam Recco (Lyndonville, V) round out the top half of the bracket.
At 96, Northern Adirondack's eighth grader Scott Kellett (35-4) received the fourth seed at the tournament, and will face Southampton's (XI) Nick Czelatka in the opening round. Kellett would face fifth seed Cody Carbury (Chittenango, III) or Declan Dwyer-McNulty (Red Hook, IX) in the quarterfinals with an opening round win.
Fifth seeded sophomore Kyler Agoney (31-4) of Peru will open his quest for a state title at 103 against Aridis Duran of Riverdale/Kingsbridge out of the PSAL. If he advances, Agoney would face the winner of Kasey Proper (Vernon Verona Sherrill, III) and fourth seed John Aslanian (Edgemont, I).
At 119, Peru senior Alex Pugh (26-5) will open the state tournament with a match against sixth-seeded John Diekel of Whitehall (II). Pugh would face either third seed Nich Tighe (Phoenix, III) or Jeff O'Lena (East Rochester, V) in the quarterfinals with a win.
Perhaps the one piece of upsetting news for Section VII came at 125, where Beekmantown's Jesse Daniels was just left out of the mix for at-large bids, after finishing with a 42-1 record but falling to Peru junior Jacob Goddeau (31-7) in the sectional championships. Daniels is listed as the first alternate, but was unable to make the 16-wrestler field.