Jacob Goddeau (Peru) against Kaleb Sample (Northern Adirondack) at 132-lbs.
Photo by Keith Lobdell.
Peru A pair of Peru Indian wrestlers, along with a Northern Adirondack grappler, recorded their 150th wins during the 2011-12 season.
Jacob Goddeau and Troy Seymour of Peru, along with Justin Kellett of NAC, each reached the milestone over the past season.
Goddeau, a senior, finished with 155 wins in placing sixth at the NYSPHSAA state tournament.
“It means a lot to reach that number,” said Goddeau, who captured a state championship in 2009. “I have done a lot of hard work and a lot of dedication to the sport. I have been doing this since I was five years old.”
Goddeau earned the record in the Indians last home match of the season, senior night.
“At the beginning of the year, I was looking at my record and where I might be at the end of the year,” Goddeau said. “I thought then that it would be nice to do it on senior night.”
Seymour and Kellett, both juniors, are mirror images of each other in wins. Both wrestlers made the state tournament, where Seymour finished in fourth place after advancing to the semifinals.
“It shows that hard work pays off,” Seymour said. “The goal is to get on the podium at states. It was great to reach the 150 mark.”
“The coaches push me really hard in practices every day to get me ready to compete,” Kellett said. “We have a good team that helps drive me and it was really awesome to get to the 150-win mark.”
Both wrestlers are in reach of the Section VII record of 183 victories, and each has one goal in mind.
“I want to get to 200 victories for my career,” Seymour said, while Kellett laid down a friendly challenge.
“We can both get there, but I want to be the first to the 200 plateau,” he said.