“In the sport of wrestling, you have to go to some dark places in order to be successful”
Mark Perry Jr. comes from perhaps the most famous wrestling family in America. His uncles, Lee Roy, John, Pat, and Mark Smith all wrestled collegiately at Oklahoma State and garnered All-American honors 12 times and won seven NCAA titles. His father, Mark Sr., was a two-time All-American for Oklahoma State and served as a Division I assistant coach at Nebraska and Oklahoma State.
Mark Perry Jr. is currently the head coach for the Hawkeye Wrestling Club. Before his return to Iowa, he was an assistant coach for the University of Illinois. Prior to his Illinois tenure, he served as co-head coach for Cal Poly in 2010-11 and as an assistant coach in 2009-10.
As a collegiate wrestler at the University of Iowa, Perry won two NCAA titles for the Hawkeyes, taking the crown at 165 pounds in 2007 and 2008. He was a four-time All-American from 2005-08 and won a Big Ten title in 2007. He helped lead the Hawkeyes to an NCAA team national title in 2008 and was a team captain from 2005-08.
A native of Stillwater, Okla., Perry was the 17th four-time All-American and 14th two-time national champion in NCAA history. He defeated Michigan’s Eric Tannenbaum in the championship match in 2008
and took down two-time defending champion Johny Hendricks of Oklahoma State in the 2007 finals. Perry also defeated Tannenbaum in the 2007 Big Ten championship match. Perry also won the Gorrarian Trophy after he pinned four opponents at the 2007 NCAA Championships.
He was named the NWCA Rookie of the Year in 2005 and the Iowa Athlete of the Year in 2007. Perry also was a four-time finalist at the Midlands Championships, winning two titles.
Perry earned his B.A. in art from Iowa in 2008. He was a two-time high school national champion at Blair Academy in New Jersey and a three-time Asics High School All-American while posting a 169-7 career record.
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