This year, Perry Meridian is hosting the Capitol City Classic for the wrestling team to compete in this year.
With the season just kicking off, the team hopes to start off strong and get the season started off to a good note.
“It is one of the most competitive tournaments in the state besides the Holiday Classic. Teams like Perry Meridian have always been dominate, and this year is for sure no different. It is a good way for us to see how the season is going to go because most of the teams we see there we will see in the state tournament,” junior Tyler Maxwell said.
Marion County has called off schools starting November 30th, and Perry Meridian schools have transitioned to online. We could see changes in the meet as time goes on.
“Several teams have already postponed their season. With how contact heavy our sport is, it will be interesting to see what the program does and what many other programs do to adjust to it,” Maxwell said.
The biggest part about this tournament is to get a real feel for the upcoming season.
“This tournament is normally very fun to participate in. This tournament sets the tone for the rest of the season. Half of the kids you wrestle at the Capitol City Classic are the kids you will see later in the year,” sophomore Scotty Raker said.
Last year the team also participated in the tournament, and this year they are hoping for better outcomes.
“Last year we didn’t do very well in the tournament. This year we are still a really young team but we have a good chance to do decent,” junior Zach Leber said.
Maxwell also said.
“We did not do super bad last year, we didn’t have any winners. We still had a couple of top 3 placers, as well as several top 5.
With this being a real starting challenge to the season, each wrestler hopes to perform well.
“If you want to go far in the state tournament it all starts with this meet. At this tournament we have some conference kids and some county kids. It is good to do well because we will see these kids in sectionals so we have to be on our best game for this tournament.” Raker said.
The team this year is very young, but they are hoping to hold their own this year at the tournament.
“We are a very young team with only two seniors. This year we have a lot of great kids on our team who have an opportunity to go far. We did lose our state placer this year but we have cranked up the intensity in practice to perform well this year,” Raker said