By TIM BIRNEY
Valley Sports Report
WILLIAMSPORT - Athens' Gavin Bradley ran into a familiar foe in the 106-pound title bout at the PIAA Northeast Regional championships here Saturday evening, and the result was all too familiar for the Wildcat freshman.
Troy junior Sheldon Seymour, now a three-time Regional champ, forged a 20-5 technical fall to improve to 32-0 on the season. In the two weekends period, Seymour topped Bradley 15-5 in the North Section finals, and 19-4 in the District 4 finals.
Seymour scored a pair of takedowns in the first period to take a 4-1 lead, then escaped off the second-period whistle and scored another takedown for a 7-1 advantage.
Seymour worked an arm bar for more than a minute, but couldn't turn Bradley, who was, however, penalized for stalling with 25 seconds left in the period to make it 8-1.
The third period was a takedown clinic by Seymour, who had four takedowns, including one at the buzzer to secure the technical fall. Seymour also benefitted from two more stalling calls, which earned him three points.
"Sheldon Seymour is very good, but Gavin (Bradley) can do better than that," said Athens assistant coach Jay White. "I don't know what happened, he definitely didn't wrestle his best match.
"I'm not sure he understood he was stalling that much, but he was," noted White. "Hopefully, he has that out of system, and we can work on some things this week.
"He's wrestled well," added White, "He's been on the mat with some good kids the last three weeks, and he's dominated everyone, except for Seymour."
White doesn't believe the state stage will be too big for Bradley.
"It's a short week of preparation, a short turn-around, but for Gavin States shouldn't be that big of a deal in terms of the arena, or the competition," he said.
"We'll go down early and practice in the arena, get him accustom to his surroundings," noted White. "We've been in big tournaments, and he's been on the mats with a lot of kids who are going to States.
"The big thing will be keeping up, and not doing what he did out there today in the finals," added White.
The PIAA Class AA Championships begin Thursday morning at the Giant Center in Hershey.
IN PHOTOS: Athens freshman Gavin Bradley. ... PHOTOS BY TIM BIRNEY.
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