Bluejay wrestlers split pair at triangular

Perry's Troy Jahnke battles a Van Meter opponent at a triangular in Bondurant Jan. 7. Photo courtesy J.P. Hulgan.

CRESTON — Perry scored a 40-25 win over Winterset but was no match for second-ranked Creston/Orient-Macksburg in a triangular meet Thursday.

The hosts, who have six ranked individuals, scored a 68-9 win over the Bluejays. A forfeit at 126 pounds to Gisaveri Niyabizi accounting for six of Perry’s points, with the remaining three points scored when 10th ranked Kade VanKirk posted a 13-9 decision over Trevor Marlin at 132 pounds.

Perry fared better against Winterset, with their dual starting at 195 pounds. A loss by decision, by fall and by forfeit (at 106) gave the Huskies a 15-6 lead after four matches, with Perry’s six points coming from a forfeit to Juan Campos at 220.

Zach Thompson (113) pinned Trey Allen in 1 minute, 3 seconds and Zach Stewart received a forfeit at 126 to offset a loss by decision at 120 as the score stood tied, at 18-all, midway through the dual.

VanKirk scored a 12-1 major decision over Blake Ryerson for a 22-18 Perry lead, but a lost decision at 138 brought Winterset to within a point before Jacob Thompson used a 7-4 decision to give the Bluejays a 25-21 lead.

The dual was decided at 152 and 160 when Troy Jahnke pinned Josh Smith in 3:35 and Tanner Darr notched a 6-3 decision over Charles Woodcock, thereby giving the Jays a 34-21 lead and an assurance of the victory as only two matches remained.

Perry dropped a major decision at 170 but collected a forfeit to Austin Hay at 182 to generate the final score.

The Bluejay junior varsity collected a pair of wins against the hosts Thursday, with Quinn Helmers scoring a pin, in 3:20, at 132 while Cesar Ramirez recorded a 6-1 decision at 170.

Saturday will see 16 visiting teams pack the PHS gym for the annual Perry Invitational, with wrestling to begin at 9:30 a.m.

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