WEBSTER CITY — Perry finished 1-4 at the Webster City Duals Saturday, with one Bluejay finishing 5-0 while another continued to climb up the school record chart.
Senior Seth Stetzel competed just twice Saturday, but his two wins lifted his career record to 128-34, passing his older brother Wil by one victory and matching Jackson VanKirk for the second-most wins in school history. Two-time state champion Kane Seeley holds the PHS mark with 158 career victories.
Stetzel, who is rated ninth in Class 2A at 152 pounds, wrestled twice at 160. He pinned Indianola’s Noah Paulson in 5 minutes, 52 seconds and knocked off Beau Sorenson of Forest City — ranked sixth at 160 — with an 11-7 decision.
Kade VanKirk was 5-0 for the Bluejays at 113 pounds, easily the best mark of the day by a Perry grappler.
Gisaveri Niyibizi was 4-1 at 126, with Dewilo Simoni (145), Dalton Humpal (152) and Eli Saemisch (170) all finishing 3-2. Jacob Thompson (132) and Augusto Jata (195) were both 2-3, with Richie Cazares (138) and Kevin Lopez (182) each winning once to conclude the list of individual wins for the Jays.
Perry topped Forest City, 42-36, but fell to Indianola, 48-36, and Webster City, 60-13, before dropping duals to Ankeny Centennial, 44-24, and to Ballard, 54-16.
Perry had concluded the 2013 portion of their schedule with a Dec. 21 trip to the Waukee Duals, where the Bluejays finished 1-4.
Saydel (60-21) and Council Bluffs Thomas Jefferson (46-30) both scored wins over Perry, with Waukee defeating the Bluejays twice, on scores of 58-18 and 42-37. Perry’s lone dual team win came over Des Moines North-Hoover by a 45-24 final.
Stetzel was 5-0 at 152 and Joe Olvera 5-0 at 285, with VanKirk 4-1 at 113 and Humpal 4-1 at 160. Cazares (138) and Saemisch (170) both finished 3-2, with Tyler Soll 2-3 at 220 while Thompson had one win at 132 and Lopez one win at 182. Perry will compete at the Ames Invitational Saturday before hosting three consecutive events in the coming weeks. The Jays will entertain Winterset and Creston Thursday, will host the annual Perry Invitational Jan. 18 and then receive a visit from Carlisle and WCV Jan. 23.