Section VII wrestlers prep for state tourney

Hayden Head (Beekmantown) against Derrick Cumber (Peru) at 285-lbs.

Hayden Head (Beekmantown) against Derrick Cumber (Peru) at 285-lbs. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Kyler Agoney (32-3) of Peru also received a bad break with the draw, and will open against second-seeded Ryan Snow of General Brown. Snow compiled a 2011-12 record of 39-2, but is making his first state tournament appearance while Agoney is back for his third run at a state crown.

At 113, Peru’s Max Marte (25-10) will open with freshman Cody McGregor of Towawanda, who finished in fourth place at 96-lbs. last year.


Codie Gillette (Saranac) against Scott Kellett (Northern Adirondack) at 120-lbs.

Codie Gillette of Saranac (28-4) will open against a familiar face to Section VII wrestling fans, as he will take on Anthony Calvano of Nanuet. Calvano, a junior, has a combined 2-6 record at the state tournament, with two of the losses coming against Peru grad and four-time state champ Arik Robinson.

At 126, Jordan Bushey (28-7) of Peru will open against junior Drew Longo of Ardaley. Longo finished in fifth place at 112 in 2011 and was a state finalist at 99 in 2010.

Peru Sophomore Nick Forget (33-3) will open his 138 bracket against Matt McCauley of Royalton-Hartland, who was 0-2 at 130 last year.

Another Royalton-Hartland wrestler awaits Section VII in the opening round, as Drew Hull, who placed sixth at 135 last year, will take on Hunter Carpenter (28-6) of Northern Adirondack, who scored an overtime upset against Noah Phillips of Peru to make it into the state draw.


Jackson Sunderland (Northern Adirondack) against Joe Perry (Saranac) at 152-lbs.

Jackson Sunderland (29-2) will open his quest in the 152 bracket against Tyler Newton, a senior from Bolivar Richburg making his first trip to states.

Saranac’s Nate Wood (27-7) will be the second wrestler for Section VII to open against a top seed, taking on 2011 finalist at 171 in Tony Lock, a senior from Pioneer.

Luke Mckee of Peru (28-7) will face second seed Nick Talcott of Tioga in the opening round at 220. Talcott (20-2) is an at-large wrestler making his first appearance at the state meet, as he wrestled in the same section as top seed Kyle Stanton and seventh seed Dillon Hurlbert.

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