Freshman Ross Arch led a group of six Palmyra wrestlers who earned medals Saturday at the Quincy Notre Dame Raiders Invitational.
The Palmyra wrestling team sent nine grapplers to the 27th Quincy Notre Dame Raiders Invitational on Saturday.
Six Panthers returned home with medals.
Ross Arch kept his perfect record intact as the freshman picked up three more wins to claim the 138-pound title.
Kaden Crane finished fourth at 106, while Dylan Redd racked up four wins to bring home a fifth-place medal at 145.
Conner Roberts (sixth), Boyd Triplett (seventh) and Isaac Stoner (eighth) were the other Panther medal winners in the tournament.
“We had a slow start, didn’t do real great the first round, but it’s something we learned from,” Panthers coach Josh Buatte said. “After that I felt like the kids really started to fire on all cylinders.”
Arch improved to 23-0 on the year with his three wins.
The freshman, who is ranked No. 3 at 138 in Class 1, picked up a second-period pin and a 5-0 decision in his march to the finals.
In the championship match, Arch met Macomb’s Tristan Prostman.
Arch knew what he had to do before stepping out on the mat.
“Tristan and I are practice partners in Iowa during the summers so we know each other pretty good,” Arch mentioned. “I knew I could turn him so I wasn’t too worried about wrestling on the mat with him. He is really good on his feet so I knew I had to be cautious on my feet and try and get the first takedown.”
The Palmyra freshman scored on a double-leg takedown in the first period, before turning Prostman on his back five different times throughout the match.
“You can always count on Ross to come out and put on a performance,” Buatte said. “He is pretty dependable and wrestled well again today.”
Another Panther grappler who is becoming dependable is Redd.
Competing in the toughest bracket of the tournament, Redd reeled off four straight wins after a first-round loss to Gabe Castillo of Illini West.
Castillo, who recently surpassed 100 career wins, finished second to Quincy Notre Dame’s Zach Haley, who is currently ranked No. 2 in Class 1A (Illinois).
Three of the wins for Redd came via pin.
“Dylan wrestled extremely well, probably the best I have seen him wrestle this season,” the Panthers coach said.
Redd won his fifth-place match with a third-period pin.
After winning his first match by pin, Crane dropped his next two matches at 106 for fourth place.
In his last match, Crane led 7-1 before getting caught out of position and being pinned in the second period.
At 160, Roberts followed a first-round loss with a pair of pin falls to advance to the fifth-place match. He lost by pin to Lanphier’s Roddick Love in his final match for a 2-2 tournament record.
Teammates Triplett and Stone squared off in the seventh-place match at 126.
Triplett earned a pin with 11 seconds left in the first period.
Heather Risley (113), Grayson Stevens (126) and Brody Lehenbauer (132) all finished 0-2 on the day.
Despite the pair of losses, Buatte was pleased with the way Risley competed.
“Heather came out and wrestled really well today,” the Panthers coach stated.
Risley came out on the wrong end of a pair of close decisions, 4-2 and 4-3.
With just two weeks until districts, Buatte mentioned he is pleased with the direction his young team is headed.
“We are wrestling better now than we have all season,” the coach said. “The kids are really picking up on the little things and are still learning. We are scrambling well, taking people to third periods and just wrestling well for the whole six minutes. I am really looking forward to the postseason.”
The Panthers return to the mats Wednesday at Kirksville.