Bluejay teacher, wrestling head coach Weber resigns

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Perry assistant coach Jackson VanKirk (left) and head coach Mark Weber react during a match at the 2020 State Wrestling Tournament. Weber has resigned his coaching and teaching positions effective at the end of this school year.

Perry varsity wrestling coach Mark Weber, who also coaches middle school track as well as helping with football, has announced he will be resigning at the end of the current school year.

Weber, who is also an at-risk counsellor at PHS, has accepted a teaching position in another school district.

“This was a very tough decision to make, but it is a great opportunity for my teaching career and education career going forward,” Weber said. “We had a very fun wrestling season despite COVID, so it will be hard to step away from this group of kids.”

Weber was named head mat coach before the 2016-2017 season. In his five years he guided six different Bluejays to the state tournament, with those grapplers making a total of 11 appearances.

Seven times a Bluejay stood on the podium, with Zach Stewart winning a state championship at 138 pounds in 2018, the same year Kaleb Olejniczak placed second at 126 pounds.Olejniczak spent his final three seasons under Weber and departed 180-21, the most wins in school history. He was fourth at 113 in 2017 and third at 138 in 2019.

Zach Thompson was third at 120 in 2017 and fourth at 120 in 2018 while Cole Nelson was sixth at 113 in 2020. He had also qualified, at 106, in 2019, with Jacob Nelson competing in 2019 at 132 while Stewart had wrestled at 132 in 2017.

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