Ross Arch went undefeated for the Palmyra wrestling team during a trio of dual losses at Hallsville on Tuesday.

A short-handed Palmyra wrestling squad traveled to Hallsville on Tuesday for three dual matches. The Panthers, who only had seven grapplers available for the duals, dropped all three matches. 

Palmyra fell to North Callaway 30-18, Hallsville 42-21 and Class 1 No. 8 Marceline 50-24.

Despite the defeats, Panthers wrestling coach Josh Buatte was pleased with the effort he received from his team. 

“Overall I thought we wrestled well against some really good teams,” the Panthers coach stated. “We have a lot of people out with sickness or injury, or I think we could have been more competitive in a lot more of the duals.” 

The most impressive performance of the meet came from freshman Ross Arch. The 138-pounder, who wrestled up a weight class, ended the day with a perfect 3-0 record. Among the trio of wins was a 3-2 win over Luke West of Hallsville. The Hallsville senior was the state runner-up at 138 last season and was ranked No. 1 at 145 entering the new year.

“Ross beating West was a huge step forward for him as well as for our team,” Buatte said. “Everyone on the team kind of looks to him for some confidence as well as all of them having all the confidence in the world in Ross.” 

When the new Class 1 Missouri state rankings came out on Wednesday, Arch moved up to No. 2 at 138, while West dropped a spot at 145. 

“Ross was on the radar for a lot of people before that match, but I think it really puts him on the map now,” the Panthers coach said of his talented freshman. 

In Arch’s other two matches of the day, the freshman needed just under four minutes of mat time to come away with two pin falls.

Kaden Crane was the only other Palmyra wrestler to come away with a winning record. The 106-pound freshman picked up a pair of forfeits before being tech falled by Marceline’s No. 4 ranked Keegan Wright.

Grayson Stevens (126) and Connor Roberts (160) picked up a pin a piece in their respective weight classes. Dylan Redd (152) and Weston King (220) each picked up a win by forfeit in part of their 1-2 days.

Peyton Timbrook earned a pair of exhibition wins against Hallsville at 145, 6-0 and 9-5.