Jacob Goddeau earned his fifth Section VII title by beating Kaleb Sample Feb. 11.
It was championship Saturday in Section VII Feb. 11.
Wrestling on the home mats, the Peru Indians claimed their third straight Section VII wrestling title, thanks to eight individual championships.
At the Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse, the Saranac Chiefs boys and girls indoor track and field teams swept through the team titles with six team members earning individual championships.
In Clintonville, the Plattsburgh Hornets broke records as they repeated as the Section VII boys swimming champions.
The Peru Indians, trailing in points heading into the championship round, put eight on the top of the podium in earning their third straight sectional team title.
The match that had everyone buzzing afterwards, though, was Northern Adirondack’s Hunter Carpenter, who upset top seed Noah Phillips of Peru at 145, scoring a takedown in the final seconds to force overtime before earning five points in the extra frame for the win.
“He had a Half Nelson on the wrong side and he got rolled,” Peru head coach Mike Hogan said of the end of the match. “Noah wrestled as hard as he could, and I thought the match was scored right.”
“It looked over, but the kid had a lot of heart and didn’t want to lose,” NAC head coach Jamie Gilmore said.
Carpenter was still in shock following the match, earning a victory against the undefeated Phillips, who had scored an 11-4 decision and fall over the Bobcat grappler in their previous meetings.
“I kept trying and hoped for the best,” Carpenter said. “I was trying to get out and score points, and it just happened. It’s a great feeling.”
The Indians scored victories in the first three weight classes, with Ethan Feazelle earning a 3-2 decision over NAC’s Austin Trombley in an exciting opening match at 99. Saranac’s Shawn LaGraves scored an exciting win in the consolation bracket, with a 6-4 overtime win against Anthony Cartee of Beekmantown.
At 106, Kyler Agoney pinned Rusty Pombrio of NAC with just over one minute remaining in the match, while Dylan Baker of AuSable Valley also scored a win by fall to finish in third place.
Max Marte scored a pin 1:22 into his championship match against Beekmantown’s Konnor German at 113, with Richard Armstrong of Saranac finishing third, also by fall.
Codie Gillette of Saranac broke the Indian streak, scoring a 3-1 decision over Scott Kellett of NAC to earn the 120 title. Ethan Bacon finished third from Beekmantown.
The Indians quickly made their way back to the top of the podium, as Jordan Bushey claimed a 6-0 decision against Saranac’s trevor Goddeau at 126. John Graziane of Beekmantown was third.
Former state champion Jacob Goddeau punched his return ticket to Albany with a third round pin of NAC’s Kaleb Sample at 132, with Tyler Myers of Beekmantown finishing third.
Nick Forget scored an opening round pin against Matt Carter of NAC for the title at 138, while Dylan Spellman took third.
Following the Carpenter upset at 145, Jackson Sunderland scored the middle win in a Bobcat three-match streak with a 6-4 decision against Joe Perry of Saranac. Beekmantown’s Zackery Myers finished in third.
Justin Kellett earned the third win for the Bobcats with a third round pin against Dylan Peryea of Beekmantown at 160, while Caleb Feazelle finished in third.
Troy Seymour put Peru back atop the podium with a second round pin at 170 against Brandon Defayette of Beekmantown, with James Black of Saranac finishing in third.
After scoring a 2-0 decision against top seed Garrett Gero of Northern Adirondack, AuSable Valley’s Matt LaMere was unable to keep the momentum in the finals, dropping an 11-0 major decision to Saranac’s Nate Wood. Gage Bourdeau of Beekmantown scored an 8-2 decision against Gero to finish in third.
Saranac’s Ben Perry scored an opening minute pin against Dallas Page of Northern Adirondack to claim the 195 title, with Codie LaPlante of Beekmantown in third.
Peru’s Luke McKee was a 7-0 decision winner against Northern Adirondack’s Russell Noel at 220, with Paul Herrera finishing third.
In the final match, Beekmantown’s Hayden Head scored a pin against Peru’s Derrick Cumber to earn the 285 championship. Josh Ryan of Saranac was third.
The 15 winners will compete in Albany Feb. 24-25 at the NYSPHSAA state championships.
“Last year we had a more experienced group, but we didn’t quite perform the way that we wanted to,” Hogan said. “Hopefully, we will have a good two weeks of practice and get a little more production this time around.”
Track and Field
The Saranac boys and girls teams earned the top spots in their respective meets to capture sectional championships.
Peru and Ticonderoga rounded out the podium in the boys meet, while Peru and Saranac did the same in the girls.
Micah Patterson scored three wins for the Chiefs in the boys meet, with titles in the 1,000, 600 and as a member of the 4-by-400 relay.
Saranac also scored wins in the 4-by-160 relay and in shot put behind the arm of Corey Duval.
Peru’s (and soon to be Syracuse’s) Dan Lennon scored wins in the 1,600, 3,200 and as a member of the 4-by-800 relay team, while Indian Shawn Hendrix was the winner in the tripple jump and long jump. Bryce Schnaars scored a win in the high jump, beating out AuSable Valley’s Paul Ford.
Alex Beaudoin scored a pair of wins for the Saranac Lake Red Storm, earning the top of the podium in the 300 and the 55.
In the girls meet, Victoria Phaneuf scored the lone win for the Lady Chiefs with a top finish in the shot put.
Nicky Trudeau of Saranac Lake scored a trio of wins, including the 55, 300 and as a member of the 4-by-160. Vanessa Salamy also scored a win in the 55 hurdles, where AuSable Valley’s Amanda Hamilton finished third.
Margaret Champagne was the winner in the 3,000 for Seton Catholic, and joined Phoebe Christopher to help win the 4-by-800 relay. Christopher also scored a win in the 1,000.
Emma Deshaises scored wins in the 600 and 1,500 for Plattsburgh High, while Brooke Knight scored a win in the long jump and Khila Pecoraro won the triple jump.
Peru’s Lea Perry scored a win in the high jump and was also a member of the victorious 4-by-400 relay team.
The Plattsburgh High Hornets scored a 416 points in capturing the Section VII/X team title in the AuSable Valley pool, with five first place finishes.
Matt Evans was a part of four of the five Hornet wins, placing first in the 50 free and 100 free along with joining Nick Prenoveau, Mike Torner and Nate Leopard to win the 200 free relay; then teaming with Leopard, Josh LaBounty and Spencer Hall to win the 400 free relay. Torner also scored a win in the 200 medley relay, joined by Austin Spooner, Nathan Emery and Robbie Hartman.
Dan McGovern, the lone swimmer for Beekmantown, scored a pair of wins in the 200 medley and 100 butterfly.
The AuSable Valley Patriots, who finished in second at the meet as a team, got wins from Ben Ford in the 500 free and 100 backstroke, along with a 200 free and 100 breaststroke title from Hank McCormick.
Franklin Academy finished third in team points, while McGovern scored a total of 32 points as the lone Eagle.