Granville wrestler excels in nationals
By Keith Harrington
Granville High School wrestler Brent Perry represented the Golden Horde well as he went 3-2 at the USMC Greco Roman Junior Nationals at the Fargo Dome in Fargo, North Dakota. Perry competed in the 195-pound weight class for 18 years and under.
The 64-wrestler bracket was part of an event that featured 1,140 competitors from 48 states.
“It was very eye-opening to see how I stand when put up against some of the best Greco wrestlers in the nation and I really didn’t know what to expect only wrestling Greco for a few months,” Perry said.
Perry was faced with a tough draw, having to wrestle William McCleary of Utah in the opening round. McCleary placed second at the event a year ago. McCleary defeated Perry by technical fall 8-0.
Perry then reeled off three wins in a row. First, he defeated Daniel Garovich of California, pinning him in 2:21.
Next Perry topped Syrron White of Minnesota 8-0 by technical fall.
Perry’s third win in a row came when Perry pinned Patrick Brophy of South Carolina in 1:19.
Perry’s meet then ended with a 16-8 loss to Connor Jacobs of Pennsylvania.
“I am extremely happy that I was able to win some matches and can’t wait to come back next year and hopefully bring home a title with me,” Perry said.
Considering he has very little experience with the Greco Roman style of wrestling Perry has a solid performance.
“I think this is only his fourth Greco Roman tournament,” Perry’s father David said via text from Fargo. “He did very well.”
Perry’s coach at Granville was also pleased and sees the potential that Perry has in the Greco Roman discipline.
“He has a tremendous affinity for Greco Roman,” Steve Palmer said. “Looking forward to getting him more experience for next year.”
This winter Perry finished with a mark of 38-6 with 21 pins, according to CNY Wrestling. He won the Section II Class C title at 189 pounds and the Section II Division II championship before finishing 7th at the state tournament.
Now Perry, who will be a senior at Granville this year, has one more experience to look back on once his high school career concludes.
“The tournament itself was unlike anything I’ve ever seen,” Perry said, “27 mats in an incredible arena with an amazing energy.”
Granville wins second softball game
By Keith Harrington
Granville picked up its second win of the season, splitting a doubleheader with Warrensburg in Tri-County League softball. Warrensburg won the first game 7-4 with Granville claiming the nightcap 8-7.
In game one Hope Sherman earned the win in the circle for Warrensburg. Sherman scattered six hits and struck out nine.
Granville led 3-1 after the first inning, but a five-run second by Warrensburg proved to be the difference.
Leigha Barnaby was 2 for 2 with a double and an RBI for Warrensburg.
Courtney Ennis was 3 for 3 with an RBI for Granville. Megan Decker was 2 for 3 with a double. Raegan Swain added a pair of RBIs.
In game two Warrensburg jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first, but Granville rallied for an 8-7 win.
Rachel Beaver was the winning pitcher, recording five strike outs while spinning a four-hitter.
Swain and Maddie Wilson led Granville at the plate. Swain was 3 for 3 with a triple, two doubles and three RBIs. Wilson was 3 for 3 with a double and three RBIs.
Ennis was 2 for 3 and drove in a pair of runs.
Sherman was 2 for 2 with two doubles for Warrensburg. Barnaby was 1 for 2. Alexis Brody drove in a pair of runs.
Jane Trowbridge struck out six for the Burghers.
Warrensburg raises its mark to 5-3. Granville is 2-7.