Courtesy of American Athletics
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Competing against some of the top wrestlers in the world, American University assistant wrestling coach Richard Perry was selected as the Outstanding Wrestler at the Bill Farrell International on Sunday after winning the 86kg freestyle title.
Perry picked up an 8-4 quarterfinal victory over 2012 Olympic silver medalist Jaime Espinal of Puerto Rico. He then edged Austin Trotman, 6-5, in the semifinals, before earning a close 5-4 win over Deron Winn in the finals.
“I really liked how I felt wrestling here with the higher tier guys,” said Perry. “I still have a lot to learn and a lot of work to put in. Today was a testament to the hard work I’ve done.”
Perry, a three-time NCAA qualifier at Bloomsburg University, joined the Eagles’ coaching staff this summer. He has been working with AU’s upper weights while continuing to train in his pursuit of a world championship.
“Richard has made a very deep commitment, both as a coach and athlete,” said American head coach Teague Moore. “His abilities as a wrestler improve every day. This win only reinforces what many of us know, and that is that Richard Perry has a great future in front of him on the mats.”