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Perry Wrestling Team Starts Dual Season Off with 76-3 Win Over GlenOak

Congratulations to the Perry wrestling team on winning their first Federal League dual match of the season. The panthers beat GlenOak 76-3 and are now 1-0 in the league. They will compete at the Beast of the East tournament at the University of Delaware this Saturday and Sunday.  Seeded Perry wrestlers for the tournament are listed below.

Zac McCaulley 5th 106lbs
Jake Newhouse 3rd 120lbs
Jose Rodriguez 3rd 126lbs
Jason Spencer 5th 132lbs
Nick Steed 8th 145lbs
Austin Phillips 11th 170lbs

You can follow the action online at Beast Wrestling and Track Wrestling


Varsity: 12th at Ironman, Varsity Gold: 3rd at Marlington

The varsity wrestlers competed at the #1 ranked Ironman tournament at Walsh high school over the weekend. The panthers finished 12th out of 86 teams with two placers. The two placers were Jose Rodriguez who placed 5th and Jake Newhouse placing 8th respectively! The team will compete at the Beast of the East in Delaware this coming Saturday, which is 2nd nationally ranked tournament in the United States.

The varsity gold wrestling team competed at the Marlington Duals and finished 3rd overall. The team fought hard with a 6-3 record against all Varsity opponents! Undefeated for the panthers were Luke Millin, Gary Define, Chase Overholt, Jeremy Adorjan, and Adam Gregorie. Congratulations on their efforts and the teams placement.

Varsity Gold Team Wins HIT Tournament

Congratulations to the Perry Varsity Gold wrestling team taking 1st at the HIT tournament with 258 points.  Champions for the panthers were Gary define 132lbs, Zach Blackiston 160lbs, and Pedro Baleon at 170lbs. Also in the finals were Cullen Kopan, Chase Overholt , Christian Lenart , and Adam Gregorie.  Taking third was Stone Tausch, Nick Myers, and Max baker. Fourth Brandon Lambes, Jeremy Adorjan, and Nick Haas, fifth place Luke Millin, Pete Evans , Logan Wise, sixth place Austin Frutschy, Brandon Wise. Everyone fought very hard with a total team effort for the title! They will compete on the 12th and 13th at Marlington High School in their next competition.

Elementary Wrestling Clinic Information

jojoThe Perry Elementary Wrestling Clinic for Beginning Wrestlers in Grades 1-6 will be held November 3rd – 6th, 2014. Registration/Weigh-ins: Weigh-ins will take place on Saturday, October 25th, 2014 in the Perry High School Wrestling Room from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., late registration will be held on Monday, November 3rd, 2014 before the first clinical practice. Fees: A registration fee of $20.00 will be required from all participants. This fee will cover all awards, cost of the Elementary Tournament to be held at the conclusion of the clinic, and a Perry Wrestling T-shirt. Instructors: Perry Wrestling staff and the Nationally Ranked Wrestling Team. Click here for the registration form.

Dave Riggs – National High School Wrestling Coach of the Year

IMG_1810From 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.

Team Wins 1st State Individual Tournament

StateChamps2014The 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

State Wrestling Championship Reception Postponed

IMG_3275The 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.

Middle School Wrestling Wins OAC State Duals Championship

MSChampsThe 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


Team Wins District Championship, Send 11 to State Championship Tournament

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.