From his first job at the University of Arizona, to coaching the Perry wrestling team for the last 28 years, Coach Dave Riggs has racked up the accomplishments. His latest being the most impressive. Coach David Riggs was named the National High School Wrestling Coach of the Year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association. After leading the Panthers to their first team title in 2014, Riggs learned of his national award through email. When he first read it, he was shocked. Then after letting it sink in, he feels very grateful and honored of the award. Coach Riggs stats are beyond impressive: 3rd in the State in the last 12 years, 9 times state runner up as a team, 28 individual state champs and 100 state placers, last 19 years as Federal League champs with a record of 142-2. Congrats to Coach Riggs and the entire Panther Wrestling Program.
Senior David Bavery has been selected as a nominee for Wrestler of the Year from JJ Huddle.com. The way David will win this award is by getting the most votes. CLICK HERE to vote for David as Wrestler of the Year!
The Wrestling team continued their season of dominance as they more than doubled the point total of 2nd place in winning their first ever State Individual Tournament to go along with their State Dual Tournament Championship last month. David Bavery, Casey Sparkman, and Tony Dailey each won State Championships. That was the 2nd time for Bavery as he also won in 2012 and is a 4xState Placer. Tommy Genetin, Jose Rodriguez, Jake Newhouse, and Nick Steed all finished Runner-Up. Isaac Bast placed 3rd overall and Stephano Millin and Jason Spencer finished 5th and 7th respectively.
Click the links below for more coverage from The Canton Repository and the Massillon Independent:
State wrestling title is something to savor
Choice pays off for Panthers
Bavery enters legendary status
Sparkman fufills dream
Dailey matches his brother with a title
Three individual crowns add to team title
The planned reception for the Perry High School State Championship Wrestling Team for Sunday, March 2nd, has been postponed due to the possibility of severe winter weather. This event will be rescheduled for a future date.
The Perry Middle School Wrestling Team competed at the OAC State Duals Tournament on Sunday February 23rd. When the dust settled, the team had captured Perry’s First Jr. High State Championship. The team went 5 and 0 on the day by the following scores:
Perry Edison 72 Logan Hocking 25
Perry Edison 79 Mentor Shore 15
Perry Edison 48 Midview 46
Perry Edison 75 Olmstead Falls 18
Perry Edison 50 Marysville 47
The Perry Wrestling team took 1st place with 265 points at the OHSSA District at Mentor High School. The Panthers had 12 placers and qualified 11 to state! Champions on the day were Tommy Genetin, Jose Rodriguez, David Bavery, Casey Sparkman, Isaac Bast and Stefano Millin! Other placers were Jake Newhouse 2nd, Tony Dailey 2nd, Jason Spencer 3rd, Nick Steed 3rd, and Seth Maylor 3rd. The State Tournament will be held next weekend at The Ohio State University February 27th through March 1st.
The Perry Wrestling team competed at the sectional championships this weekend with yet another great team effort! The panthers won the tournament with a score of 331.5 points, 10 individual champs, 2 seconds, and 1 third. They qualified 13 wrestlers to the district tournament for next weekend held at Mentor High School!
The Perry Wrestling Team won their first ever State Championship on Saturday at St. John Arena in Columbus. The team qualified to the tournament as the top seed and won all 3 matches decisively. The team started the day with a 54-9 win over Delaware Hayes. Up next was defending State Champion and long time nemesis St. Edward. St. Edward edged out the Panthers last year in the first year of the State Dual Tournament and have been the team standing in the way of a State Individual Tournament Championship for years. The Panther wrestlers won 48-15 securing key bonus points in the early matches to put it away. In the championship match Brecksville fell to the Panthers 48-9 to give Coach Dave Riggs and the Perry Wrestling Team their first state championship.
The tournament was a total team effort as every wrestler contributed in winning matches throughout the 3 duals. For more information check out the great coverage from Massillon Independent sports writer Chris Easterling: Perry Wrestlers Win Division I State Duals Title, Perry Second to None
The wrestling season is not over yet. The team still has the individual state tournament to compete in with the Sectional Championship being hosted at Perry this weekend. Coach Riggs has been building this great program for 20 years and will look to sweep both the State Dual Championship and the State Individual Tournament! Click here to view the video of the team receiving the State Trophy: http://youtu.be/DWFFUPSvHBc
Congratulations to the Perry Wrestling program on winning their 20th Federal League title. This also is the 16th consecutive year the they have won the league! The Panthers went 6-0 in the league matches and finished their undefeated run against Hoover 74-4! In the match the team had 9 individual pins, 2 technical falls, and 1 major decision. The team will head to Columbus for the State Dual Meet Championships next weekend, February 8, with high hopes to make History for the school!
Congratulations to the Perry Wrestling team for advancing to the State Dual meet championship tournament! The Panthers won their region in a dominating fashion 66-3 against Jackson, and 48-15 against Lake in the finals. The team will be competing in the state championships February 8 at The Ohio State University. They will also be wrestling Hoover tomorrow night at 7:00pm in hopes of clinching the federal league title for 2014!