Perry hosted 12 teams and numerous ranked wrestlers for the annual Bluejay Invitational Saturday, with the hosts producing two runner-up and one third-place finish.
Dowling Catholic won the team title with 212.5 points, with West Marshall second at 195 and Logan-Magnolia third at 185. St. Ansgar — coached by Perry head coach Trevor Kittleson’s father, Barry — was fourth at 150.5, with Saydel (113.5), Panorama (105), Carroll (100), Van Meter (81.5), Carlisle (80), South Hamilton (78.5), DM North-Hoover (62.5), Perry (52.5) and Eagle Grove (40) completing the field.
A trio of sophomores did all the scoring for the Bluejays, beginning with a second-place effort at 113 pounds from Kade VanKirk (29-9).
The returning state qualifier opened with a bye before scoring consecutive 7-0 decisions, first over Nate Sheehy of Dowling Catholic and then against Justin Roepsch of Saydel. Brady Kryner of Carlisle scored an 11-1 major decision over VanKirk in the finals, leaving the Bluejay standout with second place.
Gisaveri Niyibizi (17-9) kept the momentum up for the Jays at 120. After receiving a bye he pinned Van Meter’s Luke Costlow in 2 minutes, 2 seconds, before scoring a 3-2 win over Josh Rattray of DMNH in the semifinals. Soren Khyl of Dowling Catholic won the finals by fall in 3:30, giving Niyibizi second-place points.
Ivan Garcia was the only Bluejay grappler to win his final match of the invitational by placing third at 126. He began with a bye and then downed Cutter Bruce of Saint Ansgar, 7-1. A loss by fall to Cooper White of West Marshall followed, but Garcia bounced back to score a 4-3 win over Panorama’s Justin Firebaugh, then won third place by rule when Logan-Magnolia’s Brady Wilson reached his five-match-in-a-day limit.
Richie Cazares was the only other Bluejay wrestler to win a contested match, scoring a 16-1 technical fall against Eagle Grove’s Lincoln Miller in the consolation round before being eliminated.
Jacob Thompson (138), Dalton Humpal (152), Chase Monahan (160), Kevin Lopez (182), Tyler Soll (220) and Joe Olvera (285) were all in action for Perry, but were unable to score a win before taking two losses and did not place.
Perry left the 106, 145, 170 and 195 pound weight classes open. The Jays hope to have Htwar Reh (106), Seth Stetzel (152) and Eli Saemisch (170) return to the mat soon as all are currently recovering from various injuries.
Thursday, Jan. 16
WINTERSET 59, PRY 6
CR/O-M 67, PERRY 12
The Creston/Orient-Macksburg and Winterset wrestling teams visited Perry for a triangular meet Jan. 16.
Winterset scored a 59-6 win over Perry in the opening match, with C/O-M downing Winterset, 67-13, in the middle match before closing the meet with a 67-12 win over Perry.
The Bluejays won just twice in against Winterset, with Dalton Humpal scoring a 4-2 decision against Caleb Grose at 152 pounds while Joe Olvera notched an 8-4 win against C.J. Baker at 285.
Perry posted just two wins against Creston/Orient-Macksburg as well.
The first came when Kade VanKirk pinned Carson Wheat, in 1 minute, 37 seconds, at 113 pounds, with Gisaveri Niyibizi sticking Cameron Leith’s shoulders to the mat in 2:50 at 132 pounds.