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Carthage’s Gibbons returns to state tournament looking to win championship

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Carthage senior wrestler Trevor Gibbons has made the trip to Albany for the state wrestling tournament before, but this time he wants to leave with a championship.

Gibbons, 11 other Frontier League wrestlers and 30 Section 10 wrestlers will represent the area at the state championships Friday and Saturday at the Times Union Center in Albany. Gibbons goes into states with a 24-0 record and two consecutive Section 3 Division I titles at 285 pounds. However, Gibbons is looking to improve on last year’s performance.

“Last year I went and I was kind of shocked to see how many people were there,” said Gibbons, who has a career record of 104-26, “It was crazy down there, so I basically choked.”

Carthage coach Don Dorchester said that Gibbons has show improvement by diversifying the way he wrestles.

“He’s just getting a little bit better on his feet rather than that one-move mindset,” said Dorchester, who is in his fifth year coaching the Comets. “He’s switching up a little more and working on some different things.”

Three area wrestlers won state titles last year as Gouverneur’s Dylan Stowell and Zach Ayen took Division II crowns at 113 and 195 pounds, respectively, while Gibbons’ former teammate and current North Carolina State wrestler Shayne Brady claimed the Division I title at 195. Dorchester said seeing Brady win the title helped encourage Gibbons and the other Comets state qualifier Andrew McFarland.

“To see that a kid from Carthage can actually do this and can compete with the kids from Long Island, it’s a real confidence booster for these guys,” Dorchester said.

Gibbons is seeded fifth in his bracket, but likes his chances.

“I got a really low seed, actually, which is better for me,” said Gibbons, who was named to the state Class A football team. “Coming out from the bottom and working my way to the top would be nice.”

Gibbons can also draw from the fact that his older brother, Patrick, a defensive lineman for FCS-school Wagner, wrestled in the states at 285 in 2010. Trevor said that he wants to top his older brother’s performance.

“My plan is actually to be better than my brother,” Gibbons said. “I want to come out as a champion.”

One potential matchup Gibbons is looking forward to is a possible rematch in the semifinals against top-seeded James O’Hagan of Section 8 Seaford. O’Hagan beat Gibbons, 9-2, in the first round.

STATE SEEDINGS SET

Two General Brown wrestlers and one South Jefferson wrestler earned No. 2 seeds in the Division II tournament.

Four-time state qualifier Ryan Snow (128) and three-time qualifier Tyler Silverthorn (152) are seeded second for the Lions, while the Spartans’ Daniel Smith is No. 2 at 182. Brothers Trey (99) and Logan (195) LaFlamme each grabbed No. 5 seeds for the Spartans. South Jeff coach John W. Babcock said he’s pleased with the seedings.

“I’m happy with where they’re placed mostly,” he said. “They’re going to have to wrestle well every round to win.”

In Division I, Indian River’s Sonny McPherson (170) is a fifth seed. Warriors’ coach Jamee Call said McPherson and Nick Toutant (126) are capable of making a solid run.

“I’m hoping to get them both on the podium,” Call said.

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