WINTERSET — The new wrestling season began Thursday for Perry, with an inexperienced Bluejay squad suffering rough treatment at the hands of Creston/Orient-Macksburg and host Winterset.
C/O-M was a 72-6 victor over Perry, with the host Huskies tallying a 75-5 win over the Bluejays.
Cole Nelson was the lone victor for Perry. Now competing at 120 pounds, pinned C/O-M grappler Gavin Bolton in just 45 seconds. He capped his evening with a 16-0 technical fall (4:06) against Winterset’s Zeke Hoven.
Nelson was sixth at the state tournament last season as a sophomore while competing at 113 pounds. He qualified for the state tourney as a freshman at 106 pounds and enters his third prep season 73-24 overall.
Perry left the 106, 145 and 195 pound spots open against both foes, with 10 Bluejays competing twice but unable to collect a victory.
In action for Perry were Taylor Atwell (113), Ian Castellanos (126), Tanner Burgin (132), Daniel Cornelio (138), Jeb Stewart (152), Keegan Snyder (160), Kain Killmer (170), Jose Chavez (182), Brian Hernandez (220), and Alan Gomez (285).
Perry matmen will be in action in Harlan Saturday at the Dan Hill Invitational.