PERU - The Peru varsity wrestling team enjoyed the home cooking, scoring a team victory in its annual Peru Wrestling Tournament held Jan. 14 and Jan. 15.
"Its a nice one before we go to Eastern States," coach Mike Hogan said about the tournament. "The boys love wrestling at home in our tournament. It's the main day of the season for Peru wrestling."
Kyler Agoney (22-2 record) scored the first individual victory in the finals for the Indians, with a 3-2 decision over Saranac's Codie Gillette (12-7) at 103.
Three-time defending state champion Arik Robinson (21-2) then scored a pin 48 second into his match at 112, followed by a 5-4 decision victory by Alex Pugh (16-3) at 119, who scored a two-point reversal early in the third period and then rode out two reversal attempts by Massena's Isaiah Perry to earn the win.
In the battle of the Goddeau's, Peru's Jacob improved to 20-4 on the season scoring a 7-3 decision against Saranac's Trevor at 125. Patrick "Pappy" Hogan (24-1) then scored a pin at the 3:03 mark of his match against Saranac's Michael Phillips (8-7).
"Its nice to have a home tourney in the middle of the season before the schedule gets really hard," said Hogan.
In the 140 final, Saranac's Ryan Guynup (10-2) scored his 100th career victory with a 10-2 major decision.
"It's a milestone for me," Guynup said. "It's not the big goal of going for a state championship, but it's a step in the right direction. It lets me know the direction I'm heading in and a tournament like this is a good challenge that helps tighten up my game."
"He has been working really hard to get to this point," said Saranac coach Heath Smith. "He's a four-year starter with 30-plus wins in the last two seasons and heading there this year. It was a good tournament for guys like him to get a challenge and for our younger guys to get experience."
Peru's Troy Seymour (24-2) scored a 5-1 decision at 152, while Brandon Moore (17-7) was pushed to overtime on a late two-point move before winning a 7-5 decision with a takedown.
Saranac's Ben Perry (18-1) scored a 4-3 decision to win at 189, but had to fight off a three-point third quarter to do so.
In the heavywieght division at 285, AuSable Valley's David Thompson (13-5) scored several points on takedowns and a couple of near falls, but was reversed mid-way through the second period, falling by pin against defending Peru tourney champion Eric Decker.
Other second place finishers included Peru's Adam Stickle (18-7) and Brandon Allen (12-11).
Third place consolation wrestle-back winners included Shawn Legraves (Saranac), Jordan Bushey (Peru), Nick Forget (Peru), Jordan Bouyea (AVCS) and Colby Way (Peru).