AMES — Eight members of the Perry wrestling team participated against a high-level of competition at the Jack Mendenhall Invitational Saturday. A total of 20 teams (including Sumner Academy of Kansas) competed at the event, with over three dozen ranked wrestlers taking to the mats.
Bluejay senior Seth Stetzel started well at 152 with a 4-3 win over Jonah Egli of Fort Dodge, but the ninth-ranked Perry standout suffered a 5-3 loss in sudden victory 1 to fifth-rated Brett Tomoson of Sergeant Bluff-Luton in the second round. Stetzel tried to continue but had to bow out with an injury default in his next match and finished in sixth place.
Kade VanKirk finished fifth for Perry at 113 pounds. He pinned Ballard’s John Fleenor in 1 minute, 46 seconds and defeated Cody Huckfelt of Spencer, 10-4, before dropping a 4-0 decision to Jake Wulf of OABCIG and a 9-2 decision to Tristan Cobb of WDM Valley.
VanKirk responded with a 12-4 major decision over Dylan Kleinschmidt of Cedar Rapids Prairie to place fifth.
Gisaveri Niyibizi was the only other Jay to place, finishing fifth at 120. He defeated Jaden Kampen of Humboldt, 11-6, and Dylan Huntoon of Spencer, 8-2, but lost by fall to Sam Uthoff of CR Prairie in 1:14 and then dropped a 10-0 major decision to Fort Dodge’s Cole Detmering.
Like VanKirk, Niyibizi went out with a win, edging Spencer’s Trevor Streuli, 3-2, in the fifth place match.
Richie Cazares was 1-2 at 132 and Eli Saemisch 1-3 at 170, but neither were able to place.
Ivan Garcia (120) and Joe Olvera (285) were in action but were unable to secure a victory in either of their first two matches, with Kaleb Carstarphen forced to retire due to injury in his first match at 160.