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Perry falls in final of world trials Challenge Tournament

Middletown High graduate Richard Perry.

ROCHESTER, Minn., May 20 – Middletown High graduate Richard Perry lost in the finals of the 2018 U.S. Freestyle World team trials challenge tournament Sunday at 86 kilograms (189 pounds) to North Carolina State sophomore Nick Reenan in a best-of-3 final, 2-0.

Reenan beat Perry 4-0 and 6-3 to advance to the Final X series where he will challenge David Taylor for the spot on the U.S. team that will go to the world championships in October in Budapest, Hungary.

Perry, the No. 1 seed in the Challenge Tournament, had a bye in the quarterfinals and won his semifinal bout by technical fall over Tim Dudley, 11-0.

Perry, who was ranked No. 2 in the nation, had beaten Reenan at the recent U.S. Open championships, 6-2 in the round of 16, where Perry finished second to Taylor.

Reenan redshirted this year at North Carolina State but he credited his coaches at North Carolina State for getting him ready. The difference for Reenan after losing to Perry a few weeks ago at the U.S. Open was listening.

“I listened to my coaches more,” Reenan told USA Wrestling after the final. “They know what they’re talking about. It’s a great place to train and a great environment to be in. You can’t help to get better.”

Perry graduated from Middletown High in 2008, where he wrestled for two seasons. As a senior, he won the Class L and State Open title at 215 pounds and was second in New England. In 2009, he spent a year at Hyde-Woodstock and finished second in New England (215).

He wrestled for four years at Bloomsburg State (2011-14), qualifying for the NCAA Tournament three times and posting a career record of 110-30. He currently lives in Philadelphia and trains with the Pennsylvania Regional Training Center (RTC).

Connecticut Wrestling Online has been covering the sport of wrestling in Connecticut and New England since 2001.

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