MU wrestling team member dies in car accident

Tuesday, August 2, 2011 | 7:50 p.m. CDT; updated 10:11 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, August 2, 2011

HANNIBAL — MU student Phillip Perry, a member of last year's wrestling team, died in a car crash early Tuesday morning on Route 168, 2 miles west of Hannibal.

According to a Missouri State Highway Patrol report, at about 2:30 a.m., Perry overcorrected his steering when he was on Route 168 and ran off the left side of the road. The vehicle overturned and hit the rootball of a tree, the report stated.

Perry, 19, from Hannibal, is listed as a freshman majoring in secondary education.

Jim Coniglio, who was Perry's high school coach for four years, said he was a three-time medalist when he was in high school.

"It's tragic loss," Coniglio said. "He was a good kid — gifted, athletic."

During his wrestling career at Hannibal High School, Perry was an All-American and was named All-State three times, according to his profile on the MU Athletics website.

Missourian reporter Abby Eisenberg contributed to this article.

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Corey Parks August 3, 2011 | 6:52 a.m.

Did you not bother to get a statement from his current coach? Seems kind of odd.

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Bi Yoo August 3, 2011 | 11:38 a.m.

Corey Parks,

Currently, the MU wrestling department is waiting on details and does not want to release anything at the moment. We would try to include a statement as soon as it's available.

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