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Gardner Tournament

103 pounds – Brian Ebeling

Pool C: Lost to Billy Garrigus, lost to Aaron Seybold.

Bracket: Lost to Kellen Rios.

113 pounds – Dylan McKinney

Pool B: Defeated T.J. Stokes, defeated Zach Perrin.

Bracket: Lost to Taylor Moeder, defeated Travis Schwarting for 3rd place.

119 pounds – Chance Wilson

Pool A: Lost to Tyler Stokes, defeated Colby Soden.

Bracket: Defeated Brett Sidesinger, lost to Nick Ecker for 6th place.

125 pounds – Tanner Staats

Pool D: Lost to Taylor Griggs, lost to Zach Litvak.

Bracket: Defeated Trever Hendrickson, defeated Christian Hardesty for 9th place.

130 pounds – Open

135 pounds – Open

140 pounds – Mitch Mosley

Pool B: Defeated Alex Johnson, lost to Chris Dougan

Bracket: Defeated Devon Schultz, defeated Casey Kidwell for 5th place.

145 pounds – Eric Timpe

Pool D: Lost to Jake Scumacher, lost to Eric Grant.

Brackets: Lost to Brian Huenergard, lost to Anthony Viviano.

152 pounds – Tyler Henness

Pool A: Defeated Sils Schreffler, lost to Todd Curtis.

Brackets: Lost to Daniel Blair, lost to Josh Pressgrove.

160 pounds – Seth Helliker

Pool D: Defeated Alex Stockton, defeated Jeff Rutherford, defeated Derek Feist.

Brackets: Lost to Heath Parmley, lost to Dalton Stanley.

171 pounds – Brad Hall

Pool B: Lost to Greg Guthrie, lost to Shane Burton, lost to Joel Dizona.

Brackets: Defeated Sennet Hermreck

189 pounds – Parker Staats

Pool D: Lost to Nick Barkley, lost to Nate Kroupa.

Brackets: Defeated Alex Chamblin, lost to Cap Welsh.

215 pounds – Spencer Trumbley

Pool A: Lost to Dylan Pryor, defeated Colton Bonner.

Brackets: Defeated Joey Cunningham, defeated Austin Winner.

285 pounds – Tony Wilson

Pool C: Lost to Tony Marquez, lost to Ammon Austin

Brackets: Lost to Austin Wolfe, lost to Cole Morgan.

Panthers place five wrestlers in top six places in first meet

by Bill Hauldren

Paola Panthers Head Wrestling Coach Russ Hermreck has known all along that youth would be the theme for this year's squad, and that youth got their feet wet in a big way on Saturday, as they opened in the Gardner-Edgerton Inviational. The Panthers have two high quality events right out of the box this year, opening at Garnder, and traveling to Eudora Friday and Saturday, December 12 & 13, 2008 for the Eudora Invitational.

The Gardner tournament, featuring powerhouse wrestling teams such as Omaha (Nebraska) Burke and Bishop Carroll of Kansas, gave the Panthers, both young and veteran alike a chance to see where they would need to improve to make this season a success. The Panthers scored 72.5 points on the day, good enough for 13th place in the 16 team tournament, but it was a good enough first step for Hermreck.

"I was impressed with the attitudes our wrestlers had during the tournament," Hermreck said. "Wrestling is about taking mistakes and turning them into positives to learn from them. If each wrestler can reflect on some of the mistakes he made during the match and try and fix them for the upoming match, if they keep an open mind in the process, they can improve a great deal from match to match."

Dylan McKinney at 113 pounds was the highest placer on the day for the Panthers, as he rode a 3-1 record to a third place finish in the tournament. McKinney took the third place medal with a 10-0 decision over Travis Schwarting of Omaha Burke.

Mitch Mosley, also finished with a 3-1 match record and took a fifth place finish in the 140 pound class by defeating Casey Kidwell.

Seth Helliker, 3-2 on the day, finished fourth in the 160 pound weight class, falling to Dalton Stanley of Washburn Rural in the third place match on a 12-1 major decision.

Spencer Trumbly was fifth in the 285 pound class, taking an 8-1 decision in the match over Austin Winner. Trumbley was also 3-1 on the day.

Hermreck was pleased with the quartet of McKinney, Mosley, Helliker and Trumbly.

"Those four had great tournaments," he said. "The each had three or four wins. We had several wrestlers who ran into tough draws in pool play, and were not able to make it out. But, that's the way it goes wrestling this tough a schedule early in the year."

The tough schedule continues for the Panthers as the will travel to Eudora on Friday and Saturday to participate in the Cardinal Invitational.