Panther wrestlers split last home duals of season
The Mt. Pleasant wrestling team team split their double-dual last night, losing 50-13 to Pleasant Valley before getting a 57-16 win over Marion.
It was the Panthers’ last dual meet of the season.
For seniors Zach May and Jed Edgington, it was the last dual meet of their wrestling careers.
“I was talking to Coach (Anthony Blint) about that,” May said. “It hasn’t really hit me yet (that it was my last dual). I’m just looking at districts, hoping to pull out a couple wins there and go to state.”
May had two wins last night — he was one of three Panthers to get a win against Pleasant Valley, and the only Panther to win his match by fall in that dual. May (132) pinned Matt Nowak in 1:36.
Tyler Lanphier (113) won his match against Pleasant Valley’s Reed Brockhage by a 13-0 major decision, and Josh Larson (145) defeated Evan Stimmel with a 4-1 decision.
“We knew Pleasant Valley would be tough,” May said.
Pleasant Valley boasts seven top-10 state-ranked wrestlers, and Mt. Pleasant’s only state-ranked wrestler, Justin Dilks (182 pounds, No. 8 in Class 3A), missed the meet due to illness.
But May wasn’t offering any excuses.
“They out-wrestled us, that’s all there is to it,” he said.
In the matchup against Marion, the Panthers were on the dominating end of the dual.
Lanphier, May and Larson each picked up their second win of the night. Lanphier pinned Tevin Mull in 2:22, May pinned Carter Stigge in 1:26 and Larson pinned Nick Kramer in 5:40.
Jayton Phillips (160) also added a win by fall, pinning Josh Carstensen in 1:55, and Colton Aplara (220) pinned Kyle Grandon in 58 seconds.
Emmett Wester got a win over Mitch Ross by a 3-0 decision, while Alex Mathews (106), Blake Wickham (113), Alex Lanphier (126) and Jacob Dilks (195) were each awarded a win by forfeit.
The Panthers will wrestle again at the District competition on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Iowa City West.
“We have some time to work on a few things before then,” Blint said. “We know who each kid has to beat to get to state.”