Panthers claim big win in first dual
Mt. Pleasant's Rob Pohren (138 pounds) pinned his Columbus opponent, Mitchell Roush, in the first match of the night, setting the tone for Mt. Pleasant's season-opening dual against the Wildcats on Thursday.
The Panthers went on to win by a score of 63-15.
"It's always good to get a win in the first dual of the season," Mt. Pleasant Coach Anthony Blint said. "In the first dual, you also get to see things that you have to improve on."
For Columbus wrestlers and coaches, the dual didn't go as well as they would have liked.
"We're disappointed," Wildcats Coach Bill Plein said. "A couple of kids did a good job, but (overall) we don't know how to wrestle yet – we're not in very good shape."
The Wildcats picked up six points by forfeit in the second match of the night, but then Mt. Pleasant got five straight pins, starting when Michael Alderson came back from a 10-0 deficit to get a win by fall.
"Alderson had a great match — down 10-0 and then cradles the kid after fighting off several cradles of his own," Blint said.
After Alderson, the Panthers got pins from Jayton Phillips (160), Noah Brown (170), Justin Dilks (182) and Colton Aplara (195).
"It was good to see Jayton (Phillips) and Colton (Aplara) getting wins; those are the guys you expect to get wins — the seniors," Blint said. "Noah Brown also had a nice match, getting the pin after getting his head wrapped (when it started bleeding)."
Justin Dilks, who — like Jacob Dilks and Colton Aplara — was fifth in the preseason rankings, got Mt. Pleasant's fastest pin of the night, just 1:35 into the match.
After Aplara's pin, Jacob Dilks (220) and Emmett Wester (285) each won by forfeit, giving Mt. Pleasant as 48-6 lead.
Columbus’ only win by fall of the night was Josh Keller’s pin in the 106-pound match.
But the Panthers responded with a win by decision at 113-pounds, when Connor Eads defeated Mitchell Griffin, 8-5, in his first-ever high school match.
Tyler Lanphier took another six points for Mt. Pleasant by forfeit at 120 pounds, and then Alex Lanphier pinned Robert Martinez to give the Panthers their final score.
"That was a nice, hard-fought match," Blint said. Lanphier got the pin with only 25 seconds left in the third period.
Columbus claimed the last match when Austin Edwards (132) won by decision over Alec Mathews, 4-1, but the dual was decided long before then.
Some of the Columbus and Mt. Pleasant wrestlers will likely see each other again on Saturday, as both teams travel to the Wapello Tournament.