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Perry was injured during a practice drill with U.S. national team

Middletown High graduate Richard Perry (Justin Hoch photo courtesy the Perry family) writer Andy Hamilton writes about how Middletown High graduate Richard Perry was injured in practice with the U.S. national team in San Diego in August during a wrestling drill and how the wrestling community has rallied behind Rich and his family as he battles to recover from his injury.

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According to Andy’s story, Perry was involved in a drill with foam-padded clubs. He took a shot to the face and the foam protection dislodged. The baton slipped through a hole in his facemask and struck him the eye, causing trauma to the brain.

A Go Fund Me account, set up by a family friend to help Perry’s family with expenses as he recovers from the injury, has raised more than $123,000 from more than 1,800 people across the nation.

Rudis, a wrestling apparel company, launched a fundraising campaign for the Perry family. Rudis is selling “Richard Perry Overcomer” T-shirts for $35 with all proceeds going to the family.

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

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