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Richard Perry to be inducted into EWL Hall of Fame

Former Bloomsburg University wrestler Richard Perry will be inducted into the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) Hall of Fame. (Photo courtesy Bloomsburg University Athletics)

MIDDLETOWN, February 6, 2019 – Former Middletown High wrestler Richard Perry will be inducted into the Eastern Wrestling League (EWL) Hall of Fame during the upcoming EWL championships at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia on Saturday, March 9.

Perry, who earned a spot on the U.S. national team last June before getting severely injured in training camp, was a four-year standout at Bloomsburg University from 2010-14.

He is tied for tenth in team history with 110 career victories (110-30). He qualified to wrestle in three NCAA Division I national tournaments as a sophomore, junior and senior. Perry won two PSAC (Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference) championships and captured the EWL title at 197 pounds as a senior. Bloomsburg hasn’t had a EWL champion since.

Perry led the Huskies with a 33-12 record a sophomore and finished the year ranked No. 25 in the country. As a junior, he went 30-6 and moved up to No. 13 in the nation after going 2-2 at the NCAA championships.

As a senior, Perry set the school record with 31 consecutive victories and finished 33-3. Two of his three losses came at the NCAA championship.

The EWL championship tournament will be March 9 at George Mason. Winners in the tournament earn a spot in the upcoming NCAA Division I championships in Pittsburgh on March 21-23.

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).

Perry did attend the 2016 Olympics in Rio as the training partner for American Kyle Snyder, who won a gold medal.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of Connecticut Wrestling Online. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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