Perry wrestlers post solid results in first HOIAC tournament

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Perry's Kevin Colin won the HOIAC championship at 220 pounds in Nevada Friday. Photo submitted.

NEVADA, Iowa — One champion, one runner-up and several third-place finishers allowed Perry to finish fourth in the team standings in their first-ever HOIAC tournament.

Hosted by Nevada Friday, Perry had 220-pounder Kevin Colin climb to the top spot on the awards podium while Cole Nelson stood second at 138.

Finishing third for Perry were Tanner Burgin (145 pounds), Kain Killmer (170), Keegan Snyder (182) and Alan Gomez (285). Perry did not have entrants at 120, 126 and 160.

Colin (13-7) opened with a bye, then pinned Marcus Ball of Greene County in 1 minute, 55 seconds. He faced South Hamilton’s Graham Peters in the finals, scoring a pin in 4:50 to claim the HOIAC crown.

Nelson (26-3) pinned PCM’s Sawyer Baukamp in 60 seconds, then stuck Greene County’s Brenner Gallager (23-10) in 4:44. He faced Logan Powers (28-4) of Roland-Story in the finals, with Powers scoring late to claim the title with a 6-2 win in Tiebreaker 1.

Burgin was third after an 18-1 technical fall and a loss by fall was followed by a 9-1 major decision victory and a pin, in 5:12, in the third-place match.

Killmer (10-18) recorded a pin in 5:59 to finish third, with Snyder third after a pin in 2:31, a loss by fall and then pins in 3:05 and 1:17.

Gomez was third at heavyweight after bouncing back from a loss with a pin in 5:51.

Alex Fickbohm (11-12) began his tourney with a pin in 2:35 but then lost by fall in consecutive matches. He responded with a pin, in 5:09, to finish in fifth place at 132.

Also fifth for Perry was Gavin Kercheval (7-14) at 113, doing so despite a win in a short-bracket weight class.

Jovani Ortiz (6-16) was 1-3 with a pin in 5:03 to finish sixth at 152, with Samuel Hernandez (3-10) 0-3 and placing sixth at 195.

Also in action was Aidan Carlson (2-16), who was unable to record a win in two matches at 106.

Perry will wrestle at West Marshall Thursday before competing in the Audubon tourney Jan. 29.

Cole Nelson of Perry placed second Friday at 138 pounds in the HOIAC tournament in Nevada. Photo submitted.

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