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Panther gapplers fall in dual action at Spring Hill

The Paola Panther Wrestlers found the going a little tough in a dual match with rival Spring Hill on Wednesday, January 6, 2009. The PantherIt s dropped the dual match by a team score of 45-20 under the mat light at Spring Hill.

The Broncos went all out to make this dual match special for both teams, setting the mat up in a darkened gym with a single high power light centered on the mat, putting each single match in the spotlight.

“We wanted to make the night special for both teams,” said Bronco Head Coach Tucker Woofter. “This is a big rivalry for both teams, we don’t get to do this very often anymore, and we wanted to do anything we could to make it special.”

It was a special atmosphere in the gym, and the Broncos took advantage of the setting to jump out to a quick lead, as Michael Nemer pinned Brian Ebeling at the 1:01 mark in the first period in the 103 pound weight class.

The 112 class didn’t get any easier for the Panthers, as Taylor Harris was pinned by Shane Squire of the Broncos at the 1:35 mark in the second period. In the 119 pound class, Aaron Barnes pinned Jack Pursley with 20 seconds remaining in the second period.

Josh Wade got the Panthers on the team scoreboard with an 18-3 technical fall over Trent Schatz in the 125 pound class. Tanner Staats earned three more points for the Panthers in the 130 pound class with an 11-5 decision over the Broncos Austin Atkins.

The Broncos got back in the win column in the 135 pound class as Charlie Briggs pinned Parker Boyer with 38 seconds remaining in the second period. Mitch Mosley got the Panthers a win with a close 5-4 decision over Shane Slyter. The Mosley/Slyter match was one of the best of the night, the two battled to a 0-0 score in the first period, and Mosley grabbed a 2-1 advantage after two periods.

“We knew the Mitch Mosley’s match would be the best of the night,” said Panther Head Coach Rus Hermreck. “The Slyter kid is a good wrestler.”

Mosley found the atmosphere of the match exciting. “It was fun being the center of attention,” Mosley said. “It was one team on one team, plus it was an old rivalry, it was big to pick up a win.”

Mosley’s win cut the Broncos team score lead to 24-9, but the young Panthers would find the going continue to be tough against the Broncos.

In the 145 pound class, Eric Timpe dropped a 7-3 decision to Ethan Heinker. The match was another close match, with the two grapplers tied 2-2 at the end of the first period and Heinker grabbing a 4-3 lead after the second period. The 152 pound match between sophomore Josh Taylor and the Broncos Jesse Chadwick also turned into a close contest, with Chadwick holding a slim 3-2 lead after the first two minutes. Chadwick increased his lead to 5-2 after the second period and then held on for a 9-6 decision to give the Broncos a 30-8 lead.

The next three matches were all won by pin, with Tyler Henness of the Panthers getting a six point fall over Weston Stiles in the 160 pound class. The pin came at the 22 second mark in the second period. Spring Hill’s Cody Spader pinned Paola’s Brad Hall at the 1:05 mark in the first period in the 171 pound class. In the 189 pound class, Parker Staats pinned Pat Goldman of Spring Hill with just seven seconds remaining in the first period. Staats’ victory made the team score 36-20 in Spring Hill’s favor.

The final two matches of the evening featured Spencer Trumbly in the 215 pound class, as he dropped a tight 6-4 decision to Taylor Kettler of Spring Hill. Trumbly held a 2-0 lead after one period and a 4-3 lead after two periods, only to drop the two point decision on a take down late in the third period. In the last match of the night, Jordan Blanc was pinned by Jesse Sloan with 1:27 remaining in the first period in the Heavyweight division.

“Our seniors really stepped up and showed the younger wrestlers that they have to be prepared,” said Hermreck. “We’re a young team, we had six or seven freshmen and a couple of sophomores out there tonight.”

Hermreck enjoyed the dual action and the extra touches Spring Hill went through to spice up the match.

“It was good, and put excitement in it for the kids,” Hermreck said. “ It was special for the kids, we don’t have that many dual matches any more, and that makes it fun too.”

The Panthers return to the mats this weekend with the Bonner Springs Invitational on Saturday.