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NTL WRESTLING: TROY'S SEYMOUR EARNS REGIONAL BERTH (2021-02-20)

BY CHRIS MANNING
Northern Tier Sports Report
WILLIAMSPORT  — It took extra time but Troy’s Seth Seymour (126) punched his ticket to the Northeast Regional Tournament at the District IV Championships Saturday.

Seymour scored a takedown in sudden victory to beat Athens’ Jacob Courtney 6-4 to earn the fifth place medal.


“The past couple years I fell a little short, so it finally feels good to be moving on,” said Seymour.


His coach Brandon Spiak was pleased to see Seymour be able to come out of such a tough bracket.


“It’s a big feat,” he said. “We had a couple things go our way early on in the top half of that bracket, but there’s four returning state qualifiers, a couple medalists, so it’s nice to get to next week.”


Troy’s Joseph Schwenk (113) came in sixth while Mason Woodward (172) lost his wrestle in match.


“They have nothing to hang their heads about,” Spiak said about his other two qualifiers. “I’m proud of the way they wrestled.”


Seymour’s entire fifth place match with Courtney was one long scramble. 


“He’s a good scrambler,” noted Seymour. “I couldn’t get my shots off and finish big, and I just kept getting in those scrambles with him.”


Seymour got the first period takedown to go up 2-0, but Courtney got a second period takedown to knot things up at 2-2.


The two wrestlers traded points in the third to knot things up at 4-4.


Throughout the match Seymour was able to get to Courtney’s legs but struggled to finish the takedown. Finally, during sudden victory, as he came through the back Seymour was able to get Courtney’s legs on his shoulder. With that he lifted Courtney up and to his back for the winning two points.


“I was able to get him over, then actually lift up and finish it,” said Seymour.


Next week will be even more difficult as just the top three make on to the Super Regionals.


“I’m going to focus more on my feet, and still getting out of bottom,” said Seymour.


Seymour started the day with a 16-6 loss to Muncy’s Scott Johnson, but came back to pin Montgomery’s Hunter Leet in 1:00 in the consolations. In the consolation semifinals Southern Columbia’s Kole Biscoe pinned Seymour in 2:27, setting up his fifth place win.


He’s going to have to be at this best in order to qualify for the Super-Regionals.


“We’re going to dig deep into his shots,” said Spiak. “Against Johnson his shots were pretty poor, he was shooting to shoot, not shoot to score. So we have to try to shoot to score, instead of shooting just to shoot.”


Schwenk opened the day with a fall to Southern Columbia’s Brady Fees in 1:41 during the quarterfinals, but came back and pinned Sullivan County’s Rocky Finnegan in 2:12 in the consolations.


In the consolation semifinals Schwenk fell to Warrior Run’s Kaden Milheim by a 17-2 technical fall, dropping him to the fifth place bout.


In wrestle off for the final qualifying spot Schwenk was pinned by Schamokin’s Wade Alleman in 2:06.


Alleman scored the first takedown to go up 2-0. Schwenk chose down in the second period, and scored an escape. Alleman then took Schwenk down again, this time putting him to his back for the pin.


“Joey battled the whole time,” said Spiak. “He had a couple tough kids.”


Woodward was pinned by Montgomery’s Colby Springman in 2:00 during the pigtail match.


“Woodward got a tough draw,” said Spiak. “He wrestled well, he wrestled well all year.”


Seymour will compete at the Northeast Regional Championships next Saturday at Williamsport High School. Top three will move on to the Eastern Super-Regionals.


CUTLINE: Troy’s Seth Seymour gets the fall on Montgomery's Hunter Leet Saturday…PHOTOS BY MATT PATTON & CHRIS MANNING



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