The Predicament.com recently named their 2012 Academic All-State Wrestling Team, with Perry senior Jackson VanKirk one of only 14 grapplers among all three classes to earn First Team honors.
A total of 130 wrestlers were nominated for the distinction, which is awarded on a system that gives points for grade point average and season victories while also adding points based on any placing a wrestler earned at the state tournament.
VanKirk, who boasted a 3.95 GPA, finished as the state runner-up at 152 pounds in Class 2A. He is the first Perry wrestler to be recognized for the academic distinction.
VanKirk finished with a 44-6 record as a senior. He ended his prep career with a 128-45 record, which is second on Perry’s all-time victory list.