A two day event at Council Bluffs that started this past Friday, Dec. 8, finished with one Perry Bluejay earning triple digit victories.
Kaleb Olejniczak recorded his 100th victory as a Bluejay grappler and led the squad with a fifth place finish at the team’s latest invitational.
In his 126-pound weight class the 16-2 junior began his weekend with a 5-1 decision victory over Joseph Dennison of Overland Park-Blue Valley Southwest.
It was Olejniczak’s only win in championship competition as he suffered a 21-6 technical fall defeat against Underwood’s Alex Thomsen.
The loss didn’t deter Olejniczak who went on to record six straight wins that started when he defeated Lincoln East’s Nathan Rizek in the second round of consolation matches with a 12-3 major decision.
Olejniczak then received a medical forfeit versus Apple Valley’s Adam Mickelson before earning a 3:31 pinfall victory over Glenwood’s Dalton Book.
He then scored an 18-3 technical fall victory over Keaton Speicher of Iowa City West and followed it with a 5-3 decision victory against Waukee’s Cody Anderson.
In his fifth place match versus Dylan Wade of Maysville, the two wrestlers went toe-to-toe for six minutes with Olejniczak earning the close 4-3 decision win. The win earned Olejniczak his 100th in his young Bluejay career.
“It feels great to reach 100 wins, and I think one of the many reasons I got to it so early is because of my partners, teammates and coaches,” he said. “They have helped develop me and put me in positions to win.”
Perry’s head coach Mark Weber wasn’t surprised at the pace it took his grappler to reach triple digit wins.
“Kaleb’s achievement is a great testament to the dedication and time that he puts towards everything in his life, school, family, sports, friends, etc,” Weber said. “Kaleb leads by example and lives his life with his priorities in mind.”
Perry had two other top 10 finishers. Seniors Zach Thompson (120) and Zach Stewart (138) both placed seventh.
Other notable participants:
Cole Snyder (170) finished 16th, Jacob Nelson (132) finished 20th, Jered Narber (152) finished 24th, and Erick Funez (160) finished 25th. Miguel Gonzalez (145) also participated.
“The team fought hard this weekend at Council Bluffs. “ Many guys faced highly ranked opponents and beat them or didn’t go down without a fight,” Weber said. “Thompson, Olejniczak, and Stewart finished in the top 10 for the second year in a row, and Snyder was with them in the Gold bracket on day two.”
Weber took a moment and drew some comparisons between this season’s squad to last year’s team when they partook in this invitational.
“Comparing this team to last season at this tournament, we are leaps and bounds of where we were at a year ago,” he said. “I tell them every day to just focus on being better than you were the day before, and I believe many are doing a great job of that.”
The boys are back on the mat this Thursday, Dec. 7 when they travel to St. Edmond H.S. for a varsity duals.