AMES, Iowa — One of the toughest fields in prep wrestling each January is at the Jack Mendenhall Invitational in Ames, and Saturday proved this year was no exception.
Indianola led the field of 17 with 161 points, with Ankeny second at 153.5 and Fort Dodge third at 137.5 Perry had only six grapplers make the trip, with the Bluejays finishing 17th with 27.5 points.
Senior Cole Nelson (18-2) is ranked eighth in Class 2A at 138 pounds and won his weight division. He received an opening bye, then scored a 15-0 technical fall, in 5 minutes, 17 seconds, over Jake Mitchell (13-7) of Iowa City High.
Nelson defeated Ashton Falck (13-4) of Cedar Rapids Kennedy in Sudden Victory 1, 3-1. He then scored a 4-2 win in Tiebreaker 1 over Damarion Ross (15-3) of Fort Dodge, who is ranked eighth in Class 3A.
Perry’s only other win came at heavyweight, with Alan Gomez (14-12) scoring a pin in 1:33 while finishing 1-2 at the event.
Alex Fickbohm (7-10 at 132), Tanner Burgin (9-10 at 145), Kain Killmer (9-10 at 170) and Kevin Colin (8-11 at 220) were each unable to record a win in either of the two matches each wrestled.
Perry will join Harlan in a Tuesday triangular at Greene County, with Perry visiting West Marshall Thursday for a quadrangular what will also feature Clarion-Goldfield-Dows and Saydel.
Perry then hosts 16 teams for their annual invitational Saturday. Teams expected to compete include Carlisle, Carroll, Collins-Maxwell, Eagle Grove, Logan-Magnolia, Panorama, Saydel, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Spencer, Spirit Lake, South Hamilton, Van Meter, Webster City, West Delaware, West Marshall and Woodward-Granger.