Panther wrestlers come up short
BURLINGTON — The Mt. Pleasant wrestling team fought hard at Burlington on Thursday, making a late run at the Grayhounds, but came up short in their bid for a dual win.
The Panthers fell to their hosts by a score of 40-31.
Burlington got on the board first, receiving a forfeit at 113 pounds, but it was Mt. Pleasant that won the first two matches the teams wrestled.
Colton Mertens (120) tied the score at six with a win by fall over Brody Johnson in 1:43, and in the 126-pound match, Conner Eads pinned Alfred Buford as time expired in the first period to give Mt. Pleasant a 12-6 edge.
The next three matches went to the Grayhounds, as Zach Swink pinned Tyler Lanphier and Dallas Terry, ranked No. 7 at 138 pounds in Class 3A, won by major decision over Alex Lanphier. Blake Wickham fell to Burlington’s Garrett Grimshaw in the 145-pound match.
With Mt. Pleasant trailing 22-12, Josh Larson got four points back for the Panthers with a win by major decision, 13-3, over Spencer Sherwood at 152 pounds.
Another three straight matches for Burlington, however, sealed the win for the Grayhounds.
Kellen Kemp pinned Levi Parkevich (160); 170-pound No. 4 Dalton Witte pinned Jarrett Wilson; and Antone Swayzer pinned Noah Brown (182).
The dual was out of reach, but the Panthers kept fighting, claiming the last two wrestled matches of the night — Kallin Crile pinned Jackson Villont in 2:55 at 195 pounds, and Jackson Kelley won the heavyweight match by a 4-2 decision over Vincent Clark.
Class 3A No. 4 Justin Dilks received a forfeit at 220 pounds, and the final match, the 106-pound match, was a double forfeit.
Next up for the Panthers is Saturday’s tournament in Fairfield, starting at 10 a.m.