Perry sends numerous youth to AAU state wrestling tourney

Over 1,500 boys and more than 600 girls wrestled last weekend at the AAU state tourney in Des Moines. Photo submitted.

DES MOINES — A total of 11 local girls and five boys competed Feb. 27-28 at Wells Fargo Arena in the AAU state wrestling tourney, with several earning spots on the final podium.

Chelsea Mickles was 4-1 with four pins to place third in the grade 9-12 185-pound bracket. Taylor Atwell (9-12, 114) and Reese Baxter (9-12, 185) both placed fourth, Atwell doing so with a 4-2 mark that featured three pins and an 11-0 major decision while Baxter was 3-2 with a trio of victories by fall.

Charity Mickles was fourth at 9-12, 120 with a 5-2 tally that included two pins, two decisions and a 14-1 major decision. Also earning a podium spot was Adeana Eddin, who won a 7-6 decision to finish 8th at grade 5-6 110 pounds.

Other Perry girls in action were Harper Peterson (5-6, 91), who was 3-2, Joey Maylum (5-6, 100) who finished 1-2 and Julie Maylum (9-12, 126) who was also 1-2. Paislee Brokaw was 2-2 at grade 3-4, 82 pounds, with Harper Welch (3-4, 91) unable to scratch together a win in two tough matches.

Ryker Norman (3-4, 54) was 4-2 for the Perry boys to place fourth, with his wins coming on two pins, a major decision and a decision.

Cash Baxter (5-6, 215) was fifth with two pins and a 2-2 mark despite wrestling up one grade classification.

Charlie Baxter (3-4, 94) was 2-2, with 1-2 marks recorded by both Coly Carhill (5-6, 65) and Hayden Splendore (5-6, 70).

Over 1,500 boys and more than 600 girls competed at the tournament.


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