With district competition growing closer and closer, the Centralia varsity wrestling team ended the regular season last Friday with a tri-meet against Blair Oaks and Fulton.
Even though these opponents were far from similar, the Panthers still found a way to adapt and win both duals, defeating the Hornets 38-35 and Blair Oaks 57-18.
Against Fulton things began with two definitive matches as Sam Hrabovsky downed Centralia's AJ Hombs by technical fall 17-2 in 4:36 at 120 followed by the Panthers Max Houchins at 126 winning by technical fall over Chase Grimes 15-0 at 3:23. Fulton's Jacob Kern then defeated Duke Newsted at 132 in 120 and the Hornet's Tucker Caswell came out ahead at 138 in 3:49 against Carson Sanders, but when Centralia's Anthony Stevens pinned Hunter Hampton at 145 in 1:08, things started to change.
Two victories by forfeit later and Luke Hunter kept that momentum going at 170 for the Panther's with a win by fall in :31 over Sheldyn Johnson, at 195 Trevor Bodine earned a hard-fought 6-4 decision against Fulton's Colton Bristol and Camron Jennings at 220 topped the Hornet's Devlin Thessler in :16. Fortunately the Panthers had things locked up at this point because heavyweight Xaden Lockett was stopped in 1:01 and at 106 Jase Cox lost by fall to the Hornets Jackson Caswell in :36.
Centralia's bounty was definitely more prosperous against Blair Oaks and that began with Hombs pinning Jace Griggs in 2:00 at 120. While Sanders did avenge his earlier defeat at 138 by winning in 4:26 against Blair Oaks' James Thomas, Newsted was downed at 132 for the Panthers Addison Canale and Centralia's Austin Dawson lost at 126 to Dalton Bridges in 2:09.
It was smooth sailing for the squad after that as Stevens won in 3:54 at 145 against Eli Batiste, the Panthers Grafton Littrell pinned Nico Canale in 1:37 at152 and at 160 Centralia's Ethan Hargis was victorious in 2:58 over Eddie Wells. Hunter also beat Blair Oaks' Adam Jurgensmeyer 7-5 and the Panthers won four of the next five bouts by forfeit