Four Palmyra wrestlers medaled at the Vianney Tournament over the weekend.
Despite having less than half of a full team suit up, the Palmyra wrestling team still had a strong showing at the Vianney Tournament over the weekend.
Only six Panther grapplers participated in the tournament, but four medaled.
Freshmen Kaden Crane and Ross Arch picked up first-place medals at 106 and 145 pounds, respectively, while Grayson Stevens (132) and Connor Roberts (160) earned fourth-place finishes.
“The boys wrestled well,” Panthers coach Josh Buatte noted. “They have been wrestling better and better as the year goes on, and that’s what we work toward. We still have a lot of work to do before the end of the year, but we are heading in the right direction.”
Crane breezed through his competition with a trio of wins. The freshman picked up a technical fall win (16-0) in his opening match before a pin fall with 29 seconds left in the second period of his next bout. Crane then picked up a 9-2 decision over Brentwood’s Owen Brotherton in the championship match. It was the second time Crane had defeated Brotherton this season.
Arch also had an impressive day. The No. 2-ranked Class 1 wrestler at 138 pounds improved to 12-0 on the season with three wins at 145.
Arch picked up a pair of wins by technical falls before defeating Oakville’s Jake Bradford, 8-0, in the finals.
At 160, Roberts split four matches for the Panthers. After a first-round loss, Roberts bounced back with a technical fall win, 17-2, and a third-period pin. He then dropped his final match to Vianney’s Anthony Dorhauer.
Stevens also split his four matches at 132. He picked up a pair of pins in his first and third matches. In the third-place match, Stevens lost to Devoure Bryant of Sumner by a pin fall. Stevens had defeated Bryant in their first-round matchup.
Peyton Timbrook picked up a pair of wins at 152 but fell one match shy of wrestling for third place. One of Timbrook’s wins came over teammate Dylan Redd. The two Panther grapplers faced each other in the quarterfinals of the consolation round. The loss ended Redd’s day with a 1-2 record, while Timbrook wound up with a 2-2 mark.
The Panthers return to the mats Friday at Centralia.