The Paola Panther wrestlers qualified three wrestlers for next week’s state tournament, as Mitch Mosley, Dylan McKinney and Spencer Trumbley will advance to the state championships.
Mosley lead the team with second place finish in the 135 pound class, dropping the championship match to Bryce Hood of Louisburg on a fall with 1:09 remaining in the first period. Mosley advanced to the championship match by defeating Collin Zwart of Piper on a 16-3 major decision and Andy Thurlow on a tight 1-0 decision. Mosely will take a 29-12 record to the state championship.
Wrestling at 119 pounds, McKinney defeated Thomas McLees of Eudora for third place. He advanced to the consolation championship by defeating Kongpheng Vue of Sumner Academy and Caleb Skinner of Anderson County before losing to Colton Kral of Prairie View on a 4-2 decision. McKinney defeated Tyler Simpson of Basheor-Linwood on an 8-1 decision to advance to the third place match. McKinney will take a 17-11 record into the state championship.
Rounding out the Panther qualifiers, Trumbley, wresting at 215 pounds, opened the tournament by defeating Mike Golubski of Bishop Ward on a Fall with 1:39 remaining in the second period. He then defeated Airen Maxwell of Piper on a 4-2 decision before falling to eventual champion, John Hatfield on a fall with 1:09 to go in the third period. Trumbley rebounded for the third place medal by defeating Justin McLaughlin of Basehor-Linwood 11-5 and Taylor Kettler of Spring Hill by a 7-3 decision. Trumbley will take a 21-20 record to the state championships.
The remainder of the Panther wrestlers fell short of the goal of advancing to the state championships, but made a good showing at the regional according to Panther Head Coach Russ Hermreck.
In the 103 pound class, Brian Ebeling dropped his two matches to Nick Mancuso of St. James Academy and Andrew Morgan of Baldwin.
At 112 pounds, Taylor Harris dropped two matches in the tournament, first to Alan Callahan of Baldwin and Shane Squire of Spring Hill.
Tanner Staats, wrestling at 125 pounds, lost his opening round match with Symon Seaton of Basehor-Linwood on a 17-0 technical fall in the third period. Staats bounced back with wins over Tyler Brown of Prairie View and Medbor Chavez of Sumner Academy before dropping out of the tournament on a fall to Rory Haug of St. James Academy. Staats finished the season with a 18-19 record.
Wrestling at 130 pounds, Josh Wade dropped two matches to Miles Brown of Basehor-Linwood and Hunter England of DeSoto.
Eric Timpe at 140 pounds dropped his first match to Ty Page of Prairie View before defeating Jake Abram of Baldwin and then closing the tournament on a 9-3 decision to Garret Kahle of Basehor Linwood. Timpe had a 3-20 record on the season.
At 145 pounds, Kurt Weaver won one match and lost two, opening with a loss to Derek Mathia of Louisburg, the defeating Jordan Slater of DeSoto an then losing to Greg Schiffelbein of Baldwin on a fall.
In the 152 pound class, Josh Taylor dropped matches to Jack Veilhauer of St. James Academy and to Heath Parmley of Baldwin on a fall.
Brad Hall, wrestling at 171 pounds dropped matches to Tyler Fortney of St. James Academy and to Billy Teters of Prairie View.
At 189 pounds, Parker Staats opened by pinning Alex Gentges of Louisburg; he was then pinned by Caleb Clayton-Molby of Eudora. Staats defeated Zach Roberts of Basehor-Linwood before dropping out of the tournament on a 8-4 decision to Richard Vandenberg of Anderson County. Staats closed the season with a 14-19 record.
Rounding out the Panther entrants, Cale Karrigan, at 285 pounds, opened with a win over Sharrone Berry of Sumner Academy before losing to Garry Wilson of Osawatomie on a fall. Karrigan bounced back by pinning Tanner Stanage of Prairie View and then falling to Marcus Ferguson of Anderson County on a 4-2 decision. Karringan closed his season with an 11-13 record.
Panthers send three to state, Mosley 2nd at 135