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January 13, 2009 3:59 am

Panthers thump Thermopolis

Written by Tribune Staff

Top-rated PHS wins 58-13

Powell High School's wrestling team, ranked No. 1 in Class 3A, recorded a convincing, 58-13 victory over Thermopolis last Thursday night at THS. The Bobcats entered the dual meet ranked third in Class 2A.

“Thermopolis has a really good team, and I was pleased with the way we wrestled against them,” said PHS head coach Nate Urbach. “Going into it, I figured there would be four or five tight matches, and we won all of those. That was good to see.”

Top-ranked Ren Utter gave the Panthers a victory at 103 by pinning his opponent at the 1:54 mark.

At 112, Olie Olson lived up to his No. 2 ranking when he registered one of the biggest victories of the night. His win came during a triple-overtime matchup with top-ranked Josh Materi.

“That was a big win for Olie,” Urbach said. “Materi is an old nemesis for him, and it was exciting to see him get the win in that one.”

PHS's Luke Wozney picked up a victory via forfeit at 119, and Colt Nix added to the Panthers' strong effort by posting a 13-0 victory over Cody Shinost at 125. Shinost boasted a No. 5 ranking.

A forfeit victory was claimed by PHS's Randy Andrews in the 130-pound weight class. At 135, Cory Eden also earned a forfeit victory.

Panther Auston Carter won his bout at 140 by pinning his opponent at the 3:16 mark, but PHS's Cole Kary suffered a 17-3 setback in his match Thursday.

In the bout for supremacy in the 152-pound weight class, PHS's Trevor Donarski, who carries a No. 1 ranking, scored an 8-3 decision against Josh Pounds. Pounds entered the bout with a No. 3 ranking.

Panther Cody Kalberer, who was behind by more than a half dozen points in his bout, avoided defeat by notching a pin at the 4:42 mark against second-ranked K.C. Lahoe. At 171, PHS's Monte Nickles pinned third-ranked Daniel Noskog in 3:20.

In the bouts at 189 and 215, Panthers Tyler Showalter and C.J. Simon suffered defeats. Showalter lost when he was pinned, and Simon lost a 5-2 decision against second-ranked Tanner Cornwell.

• Up next: The Panthers will be in action again Friday and Saturday when they take part in the Miles City (Mont.) Invitational. Wrestling is slated to begin at 10 a.m. both days.

Urbach said the tournament will not be as large as the recent Bozeman Invitational, but he is expecting many of the same teams from that event to attend the Montana-based event.

“It will be pretty similar to the tournament in Bozeman,” Urbach said. “There will be plenty of tough teams there, and it should be a lot of fun.”