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Section VII wrestlers ready for state tournament

Eagle teammate Nick Bushey (34-5) will also get the same opportunity at 171, taking on top seed Craig Scott (Palmyra-Macedon, V) in his opening round match. Anthony Suppa (Carle Place, VIII) or eighth seed Marcus Dwaileebe (Olean, VI) would be the quarterfinal opponent.

Ben Perry (33-2), a junior at Saranac, will face seventh seed John Mistretta (Southwestern, VI) in the opening round at 189, with a potential quarterfinal match against Joe Hill (Lewiston-Porter, VI) or second seed Ryan Todd (Lansing, IV).

Northern Adirondack senior Mike Riley (39-1) will be the sixth seed at 215 and will face Fredonia's (VI) Greg Burroughs in the opening round. Third seed Chad Rose (Candor, IV) or Josh Lewis (Hannibal, III) would await in the quarterfinals, in a bracket that features top seed Nick Gwiazdowski (Duanesburg, II), one of the top-ranked wrestlers in the nation.

Beekmantown junior Hayden Head (40-3) earned the third seed at 285 and will face Kodi Floyd of Tioga (IV) in the opening round. A quarterfinal appearance would be against either Jordan Shute (Keshequa, V) or sixth seed Eric Hastings (Granville, II).

The NYSPHSAA wrestling championships start on Friday, Feb. 25 with the parade of champions and opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. at the Times Union Center. Preliminary rounds take to the mat at 10:30 a.m., followed by quarterfinal rounds starting around 2:30 p.m., and wrestleback consolation rounds taking place at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

The state semifinal rounds begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 26, along with wrestleback rounds. Wresltebacks will continue at 12:30 p.m., followed by the consolation championships determining third and fifth place at 2 p.m.

The state championship matches for both Division I and Division II will start at 6 p.m. on Feb. 26.

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