PLYMOUTH, N.H. -- He made a name for himself as a Vermont high school wrestler, and 2012 St. Johnsbury Academy graduate Chris Perreault is doing the same at the collegiate level in New Hampshire.
A sophomore at Plymouth State University, Perreault earned a fifth-place national ranking in NCAA Division III at 184 pounds in rankings released this week by InterMat Wrestling. The St. Johnsbury resident defeated previously-unbeaten David Welch of Roger Williams University (Bristol, R.I.) in a 5-2 decision Nov. 16 in the semifinals of the Doug Parker Invitational at Springfield, Mass. That enabled Perreault to make the top 10, moving one place in front of Welch.
Perreault lost in the finals of the Parker tournament on an 8-5 decision to Luke DeLuise of East Stroudsburg. It was his first loss of the season, and made his record 7-1 going into a key tournament Saturday at the Ted Reese Invitational in Portland, Maine.
Hosted by University of Southern Maine, he'll be wrestling USM's Jon Deupree, who has a national ranking of eight, according to InterMat. Perreault's seven wins are a team high under first-year coach Ryan Schieding.
"He's helping us out a lot," Perreault said Thursday of his new coach. "Everyone likes him. It's a good atmosphere on the team."
He was home last weekend, and shared some of his tapes with high school coach Mike Verge. "It's so cool to have a kid like that, sharing what he's done," Verge said. "When he was here here I always referred to Chris as a sponge, just absorbing everything. The sponge is still only half-full."
Perreault was home in St. Johnsbury over the summer, but said he didn't train as much as in past summers. He won the Vermont 160-pound high school title in 2011 and 2012.