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Panthers Win Sectional

Perry Wrestlers competed in the Individual State Sectional tournament on Saturday and earned hard-fought victories over many opponents.  10 of our wrestlers qualified for the District tournament this coming weekend.  Earning 4th place  and a number four seed in their weight class are Kyle Gruber, and Dareese Sparkman.  Earning 3rd place and a number three seed was Logan Lacourt. Earning 2nd place and a number two seed in his weight class was Zach Blackiston.  Earning 1st place and a number one seed in the district tournament were: Gary Define, Joe Koontz, David Carr, Emile Soehnlen, Jake Little, and Adam Gregorie. The boys will compete in the District Tournament Saturday at Mentor.  Wish them luck as they will each battle to get into the state tournament.

Team Defeats Jackson 62-9

Our Perry wrestlers took care of business last night defeating Jackson by a score of 62 – 9.  Assisting our lopsided victory with pins were Kyle Gruber, Dareese Sparkman, Logan Riley, Gary Define, Joe Koontz, David Carr, Jarin Curtis, and Adam Gregorie. Getting major decisions in their victories were Emil Soehnlen and Cullen Kopan. Winning by decision were Jake Little and Logan Lacourt. After wrestling 2 nights in a row, our wrestlers will get much-needed rest before wrestling again on Thursday night at Glenoak, and the following Sunday at the state team duals tournament.

Wrestling Team Advances to State Dual Finals

WrestlingStateDualQualThe Perry High School wrestling team, under first-year head coach Nate Carr, won the OHSAA Dual Team Tournament regional finals on Wednesday, February 3rd at Perry High School. The Panthers won the regional championship in convincing fashion with a semi-finals win over Austintown-Fitch by a score of 42-15 and followed it up by beating Hudson in the finals 43-24. The victories pave the way for the Panthers to advance to the state finals next Sunday, February 14th, 2016 at St. John Arena on the campus of The Ohio State University.  The team has qualified to the State Dual Finals each of the last 4 years since the tournament started. 

Click here to watch a short video of the wrestling team’s success. Photo Gallery

Team Wins Delaware Hayes Invitational

Delaware HayesPerry Wrestlers traveled to Delaware Ohio and fought many hard fought victories this past Saturday. Coming in 5th and 6th place were, Kyle Gruber, Kuller Kopan, Nick Meyers, and Logan Wise.  Coming in 3rd place were Zach Blackiston, and Logan Lacourt, In second place were Dareese Sparkman, Joe Koontz, Smile Soehnlen, and Adam Gregorie.  And winning first place were Gary Define, and David Carr.  As a team, Perry also took first place, great job team!

Team Wins Top Gun Tournament

Our Perry Panthers wrestled a hard-fought Top Gun tournament in Alliance over the weekend.  Out of 48 teams they took first place overall.  Individual placers in second place were David Carr and Zach Blackiston, in third place was Joe Koontz, in fourth place were Gary Define, Emil Soehnlen, and Adam Gregoire in their weight class, and Jake Little earned 7th place.  Congratulations boys!  Our boys next match will be a duals match on Thursday night at Hoover.

Team Beats Lake 51-18

On Saturday, Perry boys wrestling faced a talented Lake wrestling team but our boys took care of business by winning 11 of the 14 matches for a score of 51-18.  Winning with a pin were Darese Sparkman, Gary Define, David Carr, Zach Blackiston, and Adam Gregoire.  Winning with a decision were Kullen Kopan, Joe Koontz, Emil Soehnlen, Jake Little, and Jaren Curtis.  This week they will be busy getting ready for the 2 day Top Gun tournament in Alliance.  Good luck boys!

Team Beats Green 54-18

Perry wrestlers earned a decisive win over Green last night winning with a team score of 54-18.  Note-able decision wins came from Kyle Gruber and Zach Blackiston.  Winning with a pin were Dareese Sparkman, Joe Koontz, and Logan Lacourt.  Great job boys.  If you missed them in action last night you may watch them on Saturday as they host Lake at 2 pm.

Elementary Wrestling Clinic Grades 1-6: October 20 – 22

AR-140309930The Perry High School wrestling staff and the nationally ranked PHS wrestling team will be hosting an elementary wrestling clinic for beginning wrestlers in grades 1 – 6. The clinic will take place October 20th – October 22nd from 6 – 7 PM in the main gym at Perry High School. Cost for the clinic is $25 which includes awards, tournament entry to be held at the conclusion of the clinic, and a Perry wrestling t-shirt.  Questions can be directed to Danny Genetin through email at:

Click here for a clinic flyer and registration form. 


Newhouse and Rodriguez Win State Titles as Team Finishes 3rd

The Perry Wrestling team finished 3rd overall at the State Tournament.  This was the 13th straight year that the team finished in the top 3.  Perry qualified 7 wrestlers to this year’s state tournament.  Jake Newhouse won his first state wrestling championship while Jose Rodriguez captured his second state championship.  Nick Steed finished in 2nd place.  Jason Spencer finished in 6th place.  Brady Durieux and Matt Carrick placed 7th and 8th respectively.  Emil Soehnlen was also a qualifier in this year’s state tournament in his freshman season.