The Palmyra wrestling team dropped a close match to MMA, 39-36, before scoring a 37-27 win over Macon on Thursday night.

The Palmyra wrestling team continues to gain confidence with each meet.

Thursday night, the Panther grapplers took another step in the right direction in a pair of dual matches against visiting Missouri Military Academy and Macon.

The Panthers dropped a close match to MMA, 39-36, before scoring a 37-27 win over Macon.

“The kids are really wrestling well right now,” Panthers coach Josh Buatte said. “We are being more aggressive and really getting after it. They are starting to try some different things and putting some new moves together.”

Against MMA, Ross Arch came away with one of Palmyra's two contested wins in the match.

The No. 3-ranked Class 1 138-pound grappler worked in a banana split for his finishing move to score a pin fall in the third period.

Arch was dominating the match before the pin, as he led 13-0 heading into the final period.

The Panther freshman improved to 19-0 on the season.

Conner Roberts scored the only other contested win for the Panthers in his 160-pound match.

The sophomore, who was a state qualifier last season, was on the verge of a technical fall win before earning a pin with 47 seconds left in the match.

Sophomore Dylan Redd scored an early takedown in his 145-pound match, but was caught out of position on the edge of the mat before being pinned.

Weston King dropped a close 9-6 decision at 195.

King recorded an escape just four seconds into the third period and then registered a takedown to close to within 8-6, but could not get any closer.

Kaden Crane (106), Heather Risely (113), Boyd Triplett and Brody Lehenbauer all picked up wins by forfeit for the Panthers.

In Palmyra’s final match of the night, the Panthers avenged an earlier loss to the Tigers this season.

In the most impressive win of the match, Redd recorded a quick takedown before earning a pin just 1:16 into his match at 152.

With the win, the sophomore improved to 11-13 on the season.

“Dylan is starting to come along very well,” Buatte said. “I don’t think he realizes how far along he has come or even how good he can become. He is very explosive and has an astronomical amount of potential.”

Crane earned a tough 6-2 decision at 106.

It was the third time the freshman had defeated his Macon opponent this season.

“I pinned him the first time, and now these last two times it has been really close,” the freshman stated. “I got off to an early start tonight, which really helped."

Crane led 5-1 after the first two-minute period before hanging on. Crane improved to 26-3 on the season.

Roberts picked up the final contested win of the match for the Panthers.

After a scoreless first period, Roberts earned a 10-0 major decision win.

Grayson Stevens (126), Isaac Stoner (138), Arch (145) and King (195) all earned wins via forfeit.

The team win was the second over the Tigers in three matches this season.

“It’s nice to have a win in front of the home crowd,” the Panthers coach said. “The kids are really starting to put it together now, and it was great for them tonight to show the home fans what we are about.”

Palmyra will return to the mats Saturday at the Quincy Notre Dame Invitational.