Perry to host 16 teams Saturday in annual wrestling tournament

Not content with success on the mat, the Perry wrestlers also made high marks in the classroom this season. Photo courtesy J.P. Hulgan.

The Perry High School gym will be packed with wrestlers, cheerleaders and their fans Saturday when the Bluejays host their annual tournament, which begins at 9:30 a.m.

Teams attending will include Carlisle, Carroll, Des Moines East, Des Moines North/Hoover, Dowling Catholic, Eagle Grove, Logan-Magnolia, Panorama, Saydel, Sergeant Bluff-Luton, South Hamilton, St. Ansgar, Van Meter, Webster City, West Marshall and Woodward-Granger.

Ranked wrestlers will dot the tournament, with no fewer than 15 individuals rated in the top 10 of their respective weight classes expected to be in action.

Among Class 1A schools, Logan-Magnolia will bring three rated individuals, West Marshall two, South Hamilton one and St. Ansgar one.

Class 2A features Perry’s Zach Thompson (sixth at 113 pounds), Gisaveri Niyibizi (10th at 120) and Kade VanKirk (10th at 132) while SB-L has grapplers ranked at 120, 126 and 152.

Only two 3A matmen are rated, with DMN/H grapplers at 120 and 285 receiving recognition. will have complete coverage of the tournament, the first of three home wrestling tourneys over the next four weeks, as Perry will host the Raccoon River Conference meet Jan. 30 and a 2A Sectional Feb. 6.

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