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May 04, 2010 3:26 am

For the record

Written by Tribune Staff

Wrestlers experience a record setting season

The Powell Panthers' wrestling record book was re-written this past season, as team members set 12 new records and tied two more.

As a team, the Panthers scored 401 escapes, 414 near falls and 357 falls on their way to 528 individual wins. All four accomplishments are new team records.

The Panthers scored 308.5 points in winning the West Regional tournament, a new team record for most team points in an eight-team tournament, and their 274.5 points in the state tournament was a new record for most team points in a 16-team tournament.

Thirteen wrestlers placed at state, tying the record set two years ago and repeated last year.

Individually, senior Auston Carter set four varsity career records. His fourth state championship was a first for Powell wrestlers, and he also set career records for most pins in a career with 75, most career take-downs with 420 and most wins with 159. In addition, Carter and junior teammate Jessee Craig set a season record, as each competed in 53 matches.

Senior Monte Nickles set two individual season records for the Panther wrestlers. His 36 falls in the season was a new record, and also a record for combined falls and technical falls. One of his falls came just nine seconds into the match, tying the record for fastest pin set in 1982-83 by Nick Metzler.

According to Coach Nathan Urbach, Robert Friday was named the most valuable JV wrestler for the season. The most valuable varsity wrestler award will be announced during the PHS awards banquet later this month.