ALBANY Section VII put three wrestlers into the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s semifinals on the first day of the tournament Friday, Feb. 24.
Troy Seymour of Peru scored a 7-2 decision in his opening round match versus Tomasz Filipkowski of Mattituck and then scored a 3-2 double-overtime victory against Burke Paddock of Warsaw to advance to the 170-lbs. semifinals.
Seymour was the victim of a stall point at the end of regulation, tying the match at 2-2 apiece. After a one minute overtime and two 30 second overtimes, Seymour chose to start the final overtime in the top position, riding out his opponent to earn the win.
“What really helped was scoring early in the first period,’ Seymour said. “That left me some extra room, which it turned out I needed. I had rode him good for 2:30 before that, so I definitely wanted the top for the final overtime.”
At 195-lbs., Ben Perry of Saranac opened with a 12-2 major decision Chris Baglivi of Mattituck and then earned a 3-1 decision against Dan Briet of Nanuet. Perry scored a takedown with 35 seconds remaining in the final period and kept position to earn the win.
“I didn’t want to go to overtime, so I was looking for a takedown,” Perry said. “I got an opening, and I wanted to stay aggressive and keep him down.”
At 285-lbs., Beekmantown’s Hayden Head scored a pair of wins by fall, needing 2:43 to take care of Robert Salinas of Carle Place and 4:39 to defeat Dan Ognibene of Alexander.
“This is what I have worked hard for my whole wrestling career,” Perry said about his aggressive approach to the tournament. “I want to score early because it gives you the drive and forces the other kid to work that much harder to get even.”
Along with the three semifinalists, three members of the Section VII team advanced to the consolation quarterfinals, including Codie Gillette of Saranac at 120-lbs., Jacob Goddeau of Peru at 132-lbs. and Nate Wood of Saranac at 182-lbs.
Gillette and Goddeau each won their opening round matches before falling in the championships quarterfinal round, with each scoring a win in wrestle backs.
Wood, who lost his opening round match, won his next two in the wrestle back rounds, including a last-second, four-point, come-from-behind win against Cody Houppert of Beaver River.