Weber discusses temporary suspension of Bluejay mat season

Perry assistant coach Jackson VanKirk (left) and head coach Mark Weber react during a match at the 2020 State Wrestling Tournament. Weber has resigned his coaching and teaching positions effective at the end of this school year.

A recent spate of positive test results for COVID-19 has forced the Perry wrestling program to suspend all activities until Dec. 28.

The suspension will cost Perry Thursday’s triangular at Carlisle as well as a trip to the Waukee Duals Tuesday.

Perry head coach Mark Weber told that he had originally scheduled practices for Dec. 21 and 22, but both of those are now scrapped.

“I wasn’t real comfortable scheduling those to begin with, and now they are off,” Weber said. “I have always felt the Christmas break was when you saw who was serious about getting better and who wasn’t. The time over the break is a time for a lot of individual commitment, and with two practices missing it matters even more now.”

Weber took the long approach to the COVID news, expressing gratitude for already having as much of a season as possible to this point.

“Looking back to April or May we didn’t know if we would even have a season, and I have believed all along that is was likely we would have a pit-stop along the way,” Weber said. “With the way this COVID has gone we are probably lucky to have as many practices and as many meets in as we have.”

“We have been able to have all our guys see some action and spend time working on improving, and that has not been the case for some schools,” he added. “I believe we have done all we can to prevent any of our wrestlers or coaches from testing positive, but it is what it is. This is a just a pit-stop for us, and hopefully we take this chance to refuel.”

Perry is scheduled to return to competition Jan. 7 at Boone, with Bondurant-Farrar also slated to be in attendance.

“Now we will see who is willing to put in the individual work and keep aiming at getter better,” Weber said. “We will also have to depend on each individual doing the right thing over Christmas to keep the virus away.”


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