By P.J. Harmer
Unadilla Valley's Tyler Peet is in unfamiliar territory. Sort of.
The scenery is still the same, but the competition will be slightly different as the senior looks to win his third Section Four wrestling championship this weekend.
Peet will wrestle in the Section Four Division II Tournament for the first time at 2 p.m. today at the Broome County Arena in Binghamton. The two-day event continues at 10 a.m. Saturday back at the Arena. Consolation finals begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, with championship finals to follow.
Peet, who won sectional titles for Unadilla Valley in the Division I sectional tournament the last two seasons, highlights one of the toughest weight classes in this weekend's D-II tournament. Peet (30-4) is the No. 2 seed at 140 pounds, one spot behind 2009 sectional and state champion Derak Heyman of Tioga. Heyman beat Peet, 7-5, when the two met during the Eastern States Classic earlier this season.
"I think having (Heyman) in his mind helps him wrestle in the other matches," said Unadilla Valley coach Jim DuVall, who will have 10 wrestlers competing this weekend. "You have to keep an eye on the top. You wrestle each match to get better for the next match. It doesn't hurt to look ahead, as long as you know you have to win that match. Tyler doesn't take anyone lightly."
The 140-pound weight class also features third-seeded Mikail Brown of Greene and No. 4 James Gleason of Dryden. Peet opens today against Sidney's Aaron Charles.
Sectional champions will earn spots in the state championships, which run Feb. 26-27 at the Times Union Center in Albany. The tournament also will welcome a crop of wild-card entrants, which will be selected after all of the sectional tournaments are completed.
Delhi's Marty Cole and Bainbridge-Guilford/Afton's Danny Gormley and Vinnie Buttice earned top seeds for this weekend's tournament.