Head coach Luke Gramke and the Centralia varsity wrestling team tend to go big or go home, which may explain why they started the season on Wednesday with a tri-meet.
Going up gainst two much larger schools, the Panthers were able to beat Battle 39-33, but they also got edged out by Moberly 42-39.
"I was extremely proud of how we wrestled. Our kids were focused, disciplined and coachable," Gramke said. "We wrestle again this Saturday at the Marceline Mat Classic."
Against Battle, highlights for Centralia included Trevor Bodine at 195 lbs. pinning Andrew Douglas in 1:31, Hunter Phillips at 170 stuck Trevor Dubinski in 3:49 and Grafton Littrell at 160 won by fall in 2:52 against Jasper Lindsey. Andrew Shea of the Panthers also was victorious at 145 by downing Carson Sanders in 3:10, at 106 Jackson Shea beat Battle's Jase Cox in 5:10 and Centralia's Lakota Phillips at 182 bested Jason McGuire in 3:09 according to trackwrestling.com.
Even though things didn't go quite as well against the Spartans, Duke Newsted at 126 did pin Jacob Aleshire in 2:53 for the Panthers, Shawn Pehle won by void at 138 and Litrell defeated Moberly's Luke Slater in 2:42 at 160. Centralia's Hunter Phillips won by fall at 170 over Clark Freeman in 3:03, Bodine earned a 7-3 decision at 195 against the Spartans Chance Richards and Lakota Phillips came out ahead at 182 in 2:39 against Moberly's Kyle Eravi, as well.
The Panthers, 1-1 overall, are at the Wentzville-Liberty Tournament on Dec. 9.