Perry Pins His Way into CHS Record BooksJanuary 24, 2014
Great athletes are a dime-a-dozen. Nice people filter into our lives periodically. And young people these days, man, where has the respect gone? Then, every once in a great while, our faith is restored and one hits the trifecta. And what emerges is an outstanding high school athlete, a fine young man and an individual who has earned the respect of teachers, parents, fellow athletes and just about everyone he comes in contact with.
In Cougar Country vernacular, welcome to the scene one Connor Perry. But far be it for me to put his socialization process ahead of his wrestling accomplishments. On Wednesday, January 15, Perry became the second Campbell wrestler to reach the thin-air status of 100 career wins, when he defeated Riley Cook of Newport with a 43 second win by fall. Since then, the two sport star who received first team All-State honors as a cornerback on the Campbell football team, has been perfect. Last Saturday, he swept his opponents at this year’s Gionet Memorial Invitational in Pelham on his way to capturing the title in the 138 weight class. With the three wins, he improved his season mark to 17-4 and vaulted his career record to 103-50; the most wins in school history.
“As a freshman, I never thought that I would be able to reach the one hundred win goal,” reflected Perry, adding; “however, as a junior I knew I was close and I made it a goal that I had to complete as a senior.” In his rookie season, Perry posted a modest 21-18 mark but followed that up with a sensational sophomore campaign, going 35-17. Last season, he had an even better year in terms of his winning percentage with a 30-11 record.
Coming into his senior season, Perry was just 14 wins shy of the century mark, and is on pace to have his best season yet with a current record of 17-4. When asked about what factors contributed to his success on the mats, Perry was quick to include those in his wrestling family; “undoubtedly I couldn’t have reached my goal without my teammates pushing me every day to get better. They are my brothers and we stand beside each other every day and help each other to get better. I also couldn’t have done it without coach (Bob) Gannon and Coach Tom; they were there from day one to help me and the team as well as to guide me to my goal.”
Brothers Gannon have been iconic figures in the Campbell wrestling program and have put the Cougars on the New Hampshire Division 3 wrestling map. As a mentor to Perry during his high school wrestling days, Bob Gannon offered; “he is an extremely hard-working, dedicated, and mature young man; a fantastic captain and teammate.” Addressing Perry’s highlight moment a week ago in the Cougar Den where he entered the 100 win club, Gannon noted; “he is rightfully due this honor as he has put in his time and ‘earned it’.”
Also an avid fisherman, Perry has his sights on reeling in the big one – winning an individual state championship; “When I get the chance to compete for my individual championship it will certainly be the match of my life,” admitted the Cougar senior. After he hangs up his red and black singlet and graduates from CHS this coming June, his assault on the record books will have assuredly made it difficult for future Litchfield wrestlers to match his performance. With plans of moving on to an institution of higher education, Perry admits; “I’m still in the hunt with my college search I haven’t made any decisions yet but I intend to further my education in the field of marine science.”