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Mountain Island’s Perna takes PAC 7 wrestling title

Feb 13, 2020 11:38AM

Mountain Island wrestler Sebastian Perna prepares to flip over a Bessemer City wrestler on his way to winning the match with a pin. This season Perna amassed an impressive 34-11 record.

by John Wilson

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Mountain Island Charter School wrestler Sebastian Perna is on top of the world right now.

Recently Perna competed in the PAC 7 1A Conference Wrestling Tournament and took the gold in the 138-pound weight class.

To nab the top spot on the podium Perna won all five of his matches, four by pin and one with a 19-4 technical fall.

On his way to the title, Perna also notched his 100th career win.

That win makes the senior grappler the first Raptor wrestler to earn that distinction in school history. 

MI wrestling head coach Adam Glaser thinks Sebastian’s accomplishments are well deserved.  

“He leads the team as far as work ethic and discipline goes,” Glaser said. “He shows up every day ready to go to work. He leads by example.”

Unlike many other sports, wrestling requires a special kind of discipline. In wrestling, athletes must maintain a specific weight to wrestle in each of 14 weight classifications.

For example, if a wrestler is wanting to wrestle in the 138-pound weight class and at weigh-in, they weigh 139-pounds then they are ineligible to wrestle in that class. 

This strict application of the rules means you need to have athletes who can not only stay in shape but know how to eat right and stay healthy.

Coach Glaser credits Sebastian as being a wrestler who has all that down pat.

“He all those little things right,” coach Glaser said of Sebastian. “He is disciplined with his diet and nutrition. He does extra things as well, like running and lifting.”

Perna finished the year sporting a 34-11 record. He is by far one of the top wrestlers in the PAC 7. 

Of course, winning didn’t come easy at first for Sebastian.

Perna came to the Mountain Island wrestling program as a 98-pound freshman with a whole lot to learn. Over the years applied himself, worked hard and pushed to get to where he is today.

“He didn’t win a lot in his freshman year,” coach Glaser explained. “It took him a while to get there. He now understands the process and he is reaping the fruits of his labor.”

During his time at MI Sebastian Perna has definitely earned the respect of his fellow wrestlers and coaches. His hard work and dedication have not gone unnoticed. In this year’s tournament, Perna was voted the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler.

That honor is bestowed on the wrestler that the conference coaches think best represents the PAC 7. In fact, this is the second year in a row that Sebastian has garnered that award. 

As it turns out wrestling isn’t the only thing Sebastian has going for him.

In addition to being a standout athlete Sebastian Perna is also a top-tier student with a bright future. 

According to coach Glaser, Sebastian is undecided about whether he wants to wrestle at the next level. While Sebastian’s wrestling future may be uncertain, the path he was chosen for himself in life is not. 

“He wants to be an aerospace engineer,” Glaser went on to say. “He’s a gifted student who gets straight A’s.”

It looks like Sebastian is a goal-driven young man who knows what it takes to succeed in life. If past performance is any indication of future success Sebastian Perna is well on his way to a productive future.