Two Perry Bluejays seniors finished in the top spot at this season’s Williamsburg Invitational hosted by Williamsburg High School.
At the Jan. 20 event both Zachary Thompson (120 pounds) and Zach Stewart collected first place medals after dominating their weight classes.
Class 3A fourth-ranked Thompson’s four straight wins garnered him the title of the school’s all time leader in wins at 160-27.
Thompson began his day with a bye before earning his first of four technical fall wins when he defeated Mount Pleasant’s Connor Coleman 16-0.
He then took out both Waterloo West’s Brenton Rodriguez and Williamsburg’s Sam Van Dee with a 15-0 TF.
Thompson’s 15-0 win formula followed him into the championship round where he toppled Landon Kirby of Grinnell.
It was five straight wins for the second ranked Stewart who started his afternoon with a pinfall win versus Waterloo West’s Daniel Gekpoah 62 seconds into the second period.
Stewart then pinned Pella’s Cole Bisbee with 10 seconds left in the first. He earned a 20-4 TF win against Grinnell’s Eli Rose (Grinnell) before pinning Ivan Heitman of Williamsburg.
In his championship match against Abe Wilson of Mount Pleasant, Stewart recorded the victory after a medical forfeit was declared.
Perry’s duo champions actually could’ve been a trio if not for a sudden victory loss for Kaleb Olejniczak (126 pounds).
The second-ranked Olejniczak flew through his four rounds with two pinfalls, one TF and one Major Decision win before suffering a loss in the championship. He finished second in his weight class.
Four other Bluejays, Bryan Funez (152 pounds), Erick Funez (160 pounds), Jacob Nelson (132 pounds), and Justin Stammer (145 pounds) all placed third. Earning fifth place were Riece Graham (106 pounds), Cole Snyder (170 pounds) and Alexander Tapia (220 pounds). Angel Escobar also participated.
The Bluejays finished the invite in third place with 130 points. The host with 239.5 points took the top spot followed by Grinnell with 168.
Mount Pleasant placed fourth with 122.5, Pella’s 110 landed them fifth and rounding out the teams was Waterloo West with 98 points.
It was a busy couple of days for the Bluejays who on Jan. 18, finished 1-1 at their home triangular meet against the Carlisle Wildcats and Coon Rapids Bayard Crusaders.
The host silenced the Crusaders 40-25 as they recorded two pinfall wins, one from Erick Fnez and the other from Stewart, and a 14-2 MD from Thompson. The other 24 points came from forfeits.
It was a struggle to earn points against the Wildcats who beat the home team 46-16 with Thompson, Stewart, Olejniczak and Stammer accounting for all the scoring.