ALBANY - Peru senior Arik Robinson will hold the top spot in the 112-lbs. bracket as the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Division II wrestling championships take to the mat starting Friday, Feb. 25, at the Times Union Center in Albany.
Robinson (34-2), the three-time defending state champion, will be the top seed in his weight class, opening the tournament against Section X's Zachary Ayen of Gouverneur.
Robinson would then face the winner of Justin Underwood (Bayport-Blue Point, XI) and eighth seed Anthony Calvano (Nanuet, I) if he were to open with a win, while fifth seed Austin Keough (Warsaw, V), Paul Schoenberg (Baruch College Campus, PSAL), Alfred Aubin (Whitehall, II) and fourth seed Sam Recco (Lyndonville, V) round out the top half of the bracket.
At 96, Northern Adirondack's eighth grader Scott Kellett (35-4) received the fourth seed at the tournament, and will face Southampton's (XI) Nick Czelatka in the opening round. Kellett would face fifth seed Cody Carbury (Chittenango, III) or Declan Dwyer-McNulty (Red Hook, IX) in the quarterfinals with an opening round win.
Fifth seeded sophomore Kyler Agoney (31-4) of Peru will open his quest for a state title at 103 against Aridis Duran of Riverdale/Kingsbridge out of the PSAL. If he advances, Agoney would face the winner of Kasey Proper (Vernon Verona Sherrill, III) and fourth seed John Aslanian (Edgemont, I).
At 119, Peru senior Alex Pugh (26-5) will open the state tournament with a match against sixth-seeded John Diekel of Whitehall (II). Pugh would face either third seed Nich Tighe (Phoenix, III) or Jeff O'Lena (East Rochester, V) in the quarterfinals with a win.
Perhaps the one piece of upsetting news for Section VII came at 125, where Beekmantown's Jesse Daniels was just left out of the mix for at-large bids, after finishing with a 42-1 record but falling to Peru junior Jacob Goddeau (31-7) in the sectional championships. Daniels is listed as the first alternate, but was unable to make the 16-wrestler field.
Goddeau, meanwhile, was rewarded with the third seed in the bracket, facing Jesse Oppenheimer of Valley Stream North (VIII) in the first round, with a potential quarterfinal matchup with either Pete Hottum (Onteora, IX) or sixth seed Colton Perry (Windsor, IV).
Peru senior Patrick "Pappy" Hogan (36-4) enters the 2011 state tournament as the fourth seed at 130 with an opening round match against Alex Cole of Ogdensburg (X). Fifth seed Curt Rowley (Duanesburg, II) or Greg Brunner (Tuxedo, IX) would await in the quarterfinals.
Northern Adirondack sophomore Justin Kellett (33-5) enters the state tournament unranked at 135 and will open against fourth seed CJ Goldizen of Onteora (IX) in the opening round. An upset win would pit Kellett against either fifth seed Drew Hull (Royalton-Hartland, VI) or Tyler Fenstermaker (Leroy, V) in the quarterfinals.
Saranac senior Ryan Guynup (29-3) will open the tournament as the fourth seed at 140 with an opening round match against Jordan Gluskin of Onteora (IX), with a potential quarterfinal match against either fourth seed Dylan Duncanson (Medina, VI) or Cody Exum (Oyster Bay, VIII).
Peru sophomore Troy Seymour (35-5) was placed as the seventh seed at 145, and will face Edgar Solis of Westlake (I) in the opening round. With a win, Seymour would face either Nate Silverorn (General Brown, III) or second seeded Korey Gillen (Keshequa, V) in the quarterfinals.
Peru senior Adam Stickle (27-10) placed as an unseeded wrestler at 152 and will face fifth seed Ameen Harhara of Lackawanna (VI) in the opening round, with a win securing a match against either Sam Patterson (Cold Spring Harbor, VIII) or fourth seed Greg Duvall (Sherburne-Earlville, III) in the quarterfinals.
Beekmantown senior Ethan Kerr (37-7) will open the state tournament with the chance to take out the top seed, as he will face Owen Scott of Palmyra-Macedon (V) in the first round at 160. Nick Gonzalez (Valley Stream North, VIII) or eighth seed Rich Berkery (Nanuet, I) will await in the quarterfinals.
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.