Perry fans and students were on hand at Tuesday’s quadrangular event to watch the host Bluejays not only compete against three visiting teams but recognize their seniors.
It wasn’t the 1-2 record that those in attendance were jubilant about, albeit the fans always cheer on their team regardless of record, but the applause were also for the seven Bluejay wresters and three managers who suited up for the final home meet of their career.
Overall the host defeated the Boone Toreadors 48-32 but lost to the A-D-M Tigers 42-38 and the Woodward-Granger Hawks 58-17.
Zachary Thompson (120) wrapped up his final home competition winning all his matches, two pinfalls and one technical fall. Zach Stewart (138), ended his night with the a trifecta of pinfall victories.
Seniors Alexander Tapia and Daniel Brinton competed in all three matches with the former finishing 1-2 and Brinton 2-1.
Other Bluejay seniors, Angel Escobar, Bryan Catalan, and Miguel Gonzalez were recognized for their efforts. Three Perry managers T.J. Sheehy, Ana Bivanco and Samantha Macias were also applauded.
“Definitely a bitter sweet night for the seniors. Not the greatest night as a team but there are many guys still learning a lot about the sport and what it takes to be successful,” head coach Mark Weber said.
In their lone win the home team garnered eight 6-point victories with half of the points accounting from junior Kaleb Olejniczak (126), Jacob Nelson (132), Thompson and Stewart.
Against the Tigers the Bluejays’ Thompson, Stewart, Justin Stammer (145), and Erick Funez (160), were responsible for 20 points while three forfeits summed up the final 18. Perry’s 17 points against the Hawks belonged to Stewart, Olejniczak and Thompson.
“All of our seniors performed well. As far as emotions, you want to treat every match the same,” the head coach said. “Always being ready for a fight and stepping on the mat confident in your abilities. I wanted them to concentrate on their matches, but also cherish their last match in the home gym. “They will only get this opportunity once and I wanted them to make sure they soaked it in.”
The squad heads to Ballard in Huxley on Jan. 25, for an evening of competition against the host Bombers, the Greene County Rams and the Humboldt Wildcats.