After a brief time away, Chris Edmonds decided to return to coach wrestling at Perry. He picked an exciting time to do this.
“Our team is very young,” says Edmonds. We have a lot of freshmen, but we just wrestled yesterday and beat Obama. That was our first actual match,” Edmonds added. He had been unsure what to expect, but the 54-21 score was fairly telling.
“The seniors did their jobs,” Edmonds says. Among the notable performers was Delrey Taylor, a senior who qualified to wrestle at 145-class but wrestled at 152 instead. This decision did not set Taylor or the team at a disadvantage; Taylor beat his opponent with a score of 14-2.
When asked about opinions and voices from the team, Edmonds has one resounding answer. “I think the general consensus from the team is, ‘How good are we? Can I compete at this level?’” Edmonds says. His young wrestlers are coming out of their middle school program and getting their first varsity experience. After their performance in their first meet, the younger wrestlers may have answered their own question.
”They responded [to the competition] very aggressively,” Edmonds says. “There were some injuries on the other side just from our team being aggressive.” Edmonds notes that the injuries were the result of legitimate competition; no illegal behavior was to blame.
Overall, the season start for Perry wrestling is yielding pleasant surprises. “We’re pushing championships,” Edmonds says. “I think yesterday kind of answered a lot of the questions about what it’s going to take: hard work, conditioning, and working on technique.”
The Commodores take on Knoch for a non-League meet this coming Tuesday (December 20). Over Perry’s holiday recess, the team will travel to Erie to participate in the Erie Central Tech tournament on the weekend of Friday, December 30th. Last year, the Commodores competed against five schools at this same tournament. According to the results listed at nwcaonline.com, Perry was victorious against all but North East High School.