Perry wrestlers post strong results at Harlan

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Riece Graham of Perry nears a pin of Ballard's Chris Lee in their bout at 113 pounds last season.

HARLAN — The Perry grapplers finished the Dan Hill Invitational at Harlan with two champions and three other finalists out of the 10 Bluejays who took to the mat Saturday.

Their efforts helped Perry scored 135.5 points, good enough for fourth place in a nine-team field despite leaving four weight classes open. Fifth-ranked Winterset claimed top honors with 254.5 points, with Logan-Magnolia second at 227 and Harlan third at 178.5 Gretna, Neb. was fifth at 129.5, with Glenwood (119), Council Bluffs Abraham Lincoln (103.5), Denison-Schleswig (102) and West Central Valley (66) also in action.

Eight-rated Riece Graham used a pin and a win by decision to finish 2-0 and claim first place at 106 pounds, with ninth-ranked Cole Nelson 2-0 and the 113-pound titleist with a major decision and a pin.

Ninth-ranked 145-pounder Jacob Nelson scored second-place points for Perry after finishing 2-1 with wins via technical fall and pin.

Erick Funez was second at 138 and Wilber Ramirez second at 160. Both were 2-1, with the former winning by decision and injury default while the later had two pins. Funez lost in the finals to No. 3 Kruise Kiburz of Winterset, with 10th-ranked Tyler Brown of Winterset besting Ramirez in their meeting.

Tanner Burgin was fifth for Perry at 126 with a 2-2 mark that featured two wins by major decision. Alex Fichbohm picked up a win at 132, finishing sixth with a 1-3 tally, while heavyweight Camden Jones was sixth at 1-3 with a pin fall victory.

Also competing for the Bluejays were 152-pounder Charley Guardado and 220-pounder Zach Darr. Neither could scrape together a win before dropping two matches, and thus did not place.

Perry will host Montezuma, Ogden and Woodward-Granger for a quadrangular Tuesday. The next action will come Saturday as Perry travels to Parkersburg for the Keith Vry Invite. Wrestling begins at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and at 10 a.m. Saturday.

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