Perry wrestlers entertain 18 teams for Bluejay Invitational

Perry wrestlers, coaches and fans join others at Saturday's Bluejay Invitational. Photo courtesy Jack Stewart.

Five mats stretched over two gyms were required to accommodate the 19-team field at the Bluejay Invitational Saturday.

Class 2A top-ranked West Delaware won the meet with 295 points, with 1A No. 3 Logan-Magnolia second at 200, 2A No. 5 Sergeant Bluff-Luton third at 168, Dowling Catholic fourth at 163 and 2A No. 4 Webster City fifth at 142.5.

Spencer (118.5), Carroll (110), Spirit Lake Park (107), Van Meter/Earlham (102), and Woodward-Granger (101) finished 6-10, with Carlisle (76), South Hamilton (65), Panorama (63), West Marshall (60), Perry (46), Eagle Grove (25.5), Saydel (22), Collins-Maxwell (21), and Des Moines North/Hoover (11).

The hosts finished with three grapplers on the podium, with 2A No. 7 Cole Nelson the runner-up at 120 pounds while Jeb Stewart was fifth at 145 and Alex Gomez (9-9) was seventh at 285.

Nelson (21-3) started with a pin over Chase Burnette of Carroll, then scored a 10-3 decision over Saydel’s Kolton Kelley. He reached the finals with a 1-0 win over No. 9 Noah Parmalee of SB-L, but was stopped, 3-1 in Tiebreaker 1, by Johnathon Burnette (23-1) of Spirit Lake Park.

Stewart (14-12) stood fifth after posting a 3-2 mark in a tough bracket. He had a 14-0 major decision, a pin, and a 6-2 decision along the way.

Gomez had three pins after an opening loss and a bye to finish 3-1 in earning a spot in the placings at heavyweight.

Tanner Burgin (6-17) was 2-2 at 138, but no other Perry grappler recorded a win.

In action were Taylor Atwell (106 pounds), Ian Castellanos (2-17, at 126), Kyle Hernandez (0-2 at 132), Anthony Tlaceca (0-4 at 152), Keegan Snyder (6-15 at 160), Kain Killmer (0-10 at 170), Brian Hernandez (1-12 at 182) and Kevin Colin (0-2 at 220).

Perry did not compete at 113 or 195.


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