A trip to Winterset proved advantageous for Perry’s wrestling team who came up just one point better with a close 39-38 victory.


The rescheduled event originally set for Jan. 11, was a toe-to-toe battle of wills when the Bluejays finally faced off against their host Huskies on Jan. 16.


When the last victorious arm was raised the two teams almost finished with identical scores.


The Bluejays recorded three pinfall wins, one decision and three forfeits - one more than the host. The Huskies also had three pinfall wins, two Major Decisions but only two forfeits.


“Every point matters and this dual was a great example of that,” head coach Mark Weber said. “Definitely a team effort. There are certainly some things we will work on like always but the guys should be proud of this win.”


After Perry senior Zachary Thompson (120) earned a forfeit, junior Kaleb Olejniczak (126) garnered six points when he pinned Trenton Cook.


A Perry loss later senior Zach Stewart (138) recorded an 11-4 decision win over Kruise Kiburz. Justin Stammer (145) followed with a pinfall win against Blake Ryerson.


The Bluejays’ final competitive points of the night belonged to Cori Alamina (195) whose pinfall win over Kory Pike put the squad on top 33-32. The two teams then traded forfeit wins.


“Overall very proud of the team,” Weber said.”Tuesday duals are always hard because you just weighed in on Saturday and you have to turn around and do it again, but they persevered and they did it anyway.”


Perry is back home this Thursday, Jan. 18, when they host Carlisle and Coon Rapids in a Dual meet.