A Valmeyer seventh grader is turning heads in the wrestling ring, racking up win after win along the way.
Cory Peterson, 12, the son of Jerry and Lisa Peterson, won the state youth wrestling sectional event over the weekend with three first period pins. He currently holds the top seed in his weight class (138 pounds) heading into this weekend’s state tournament with a season record of 69-4.
Peterson participates as a member of the King Select youth wrestling program out of Belleville, and has wrestled at the 14U level all year, his father said.
Ranked tops in the state at 138 pounds, Peterson is currently ranked in the top eight percent in the nation on trackwrestling.com.
Peterson has won three national youth wrestling events, the Indy Nationals, Missouri Nationals, and Show Me Nationals, and went undefeated at 6-0 at Ohio State University for the Illinois National Dual Team.
Peterson’s father said that since Valmeyer High School currently does not offer a wrestling program cooperative with Waterloo, he is hoping to set up residency in the Waterloo School District for his son to wrestle with the WHS program in a couple of years.
Peterson is familiar with current WHS wrestling coach Pat Stewart, having formerly participated in the MC Bulldogs Wrestling Club.