It may not have been easy, but most of what takes place in a wrestling room is like that, which explains why Centralia wanted to attend the Warsaw Invitational last weekend.
Beyond being hard for teams in this area to reach, the field at the Warsaw tournament was far from soft and left many Panthers wishing they had reached higher ground.
Several Centralia wrestlers did elevate their skill sets to new heights for this event, though, one of which was Trevor Bodine, who pinned Versailles' Walker Schotte in :34 for the title at 220 lbs. Bodine also reeled off consecutivie pins for the Panthers against Buffalo's Ashton Vogler in 1:41, Warsaw's Grady Miller in :23 and El Dorado Springs' Keilan Jaques in 3:16.
Grafton Litrell almost reached those same heights for Centralia at 152, except once he reached the championship match he lost by fall to Father Tolton's Brock Mauler in :29 after shutting out Butler's Kenton Taylor in the semifinals 7-0. Litrell, also had a trio of pins for this event, as well, including Buffalo's Tanner Mueller in 1:21, Marceline's Cullen Bruner in 1:40 and Clinton's Isaac Grunig in 3:59.
The Panther's Lakota Phillips also lost his final bout at 170 for Centralia to Versailles' Walker Schotte in :34 to place fourth, but he did down Blake Holder of El Dorado Springs 7-2 in round three and pinned Versailles' Gage Tessier in 4:25 in the quarterfinals. Lakota Phillips drew a bye for round one and fell in the semifinals to Buffalo's Floyd Miller in :47, as well.
Centralia's only fifth place wrestler for this event was Hunter Phillips at 160 with an 8-6 victory against Tipton's Trevan Isaacs and a win by fall in 1:10 in consolation round one against Clinton's Isaac Bayless. Hunter Phillips received a bye for round one lost in the quarterfinals to Bolivar's Hayden Burks in 4:41 and round three to Father Tolton's Jarrett Jacques in :38.
Among the Panthers to place sixth at Warsaw were Anthony Stevens at 145, Shawn Pehle at 132 and Quentin Foster at 182. Centralia also got seventh-place performances from Sam Lynn at 220 and Duke Newsted at 126 and Nicky O'Toole came in eighth at 106.
The Panthers are at the Brookfield Invitational on Friday.