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Panthers pin loss on Laurel

Powell senior Mike Mundy hand-fights with an opponent during the Panthers’ lopsided 65-13 wrestling dual victory over Laurel, Mont. Powell senior Mike Mundy hand-fights with an opponent during the Panthers’ lopsided 65-13 wrestling dual victory over Laurel, Mont. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

PHS rolls to 65-13 victory

The third-ranked Powell High School wrestling team won its first seven matches by fall on the way to a 65-13 rout of Laurel, Mont., on Tuesday night. The Panthers had nine pins in all and added a technical fall while improving to 2-0 in duals this season.

Kye Catlin (145), Jacob Davis (152), Mike Mundy (170) and Zach Thompson (195) each scored first period wins by fall. Andrew Feller (138), Anthony Lujan (160) and Tyler Patterson (182) added second-period fall wins during the early-dual blitz that, combined with a forfeit win by Spencer Shultz at 220, lifted the Panthers to a 48-0 lead on the scoreboard.

At that point, the question wasn’t if the Panthers would win. The only remaining speculation was by how many points the final victory would come.

“It’s always nice to start a dual like that,” said Powell coach Nate Urbach. “I thought Mike Mundy wrestled as well as he has all season tonight. Jacob Davis also looked really good at 152 tonight.”

The visiting Locomotives were able to gain a little traction in the bookend matches. Laurel got on the board when sophomore Riley Stringer was caught in a throw during the final minute of a 1-1 match at 285, eventually getting pinned with 33 seconds remaining. Laurel followed that with a 5-3 overtime decision over sophomore Noah Wozney at 106 pounds.

Chance Karst brought the Montana momentum to an abrupt halt at 113. The Panther freshman thoroughly controlled his match, but was stifled on repeated attempts to end it by fall in the first and second periods. The third time proved to be the charm, however as Karst finally pressed his opponent flat with eight seconds remaining.

Nic Urbach followed with a 15-0 technical fall victory at 120. Urbach’s victory was impressive not only in its magnitude, but in its speed. The freshman needed just 3:12 to amass the winning point margin.

Laurel scored its final points with a 14-0 major decision over Colbee Craig at 126 pounds. The dual fitting ended with a Panther win by fall in the 132-pound match as senior Dylan Rood needed just 20 seconds to finish matters.

The Panthers were equally dominant in the junior varsity matches wrestled on Tuesday night. Powell won 10 of the 12 exhibition matches, with all of the victories coming by fall.

None of those wins was more exciting than the final match of the night, which saw sophomore Pax Mitchell rally from a 9-3 deficit to register a win by fall with 40 seconds remaining in the match.

“That might have been the match of the night right there,” coach Urbach said. “Pax did a great job of not giving up and taking advantage of an opportunity when he got it.”

Also winning by fall were Bailey Atkinson, Grant Nickles, Ashton Wollam, Matt Widdicombe, Jose Perez, Teagan Cordes, Rowdy Gard, Ty Linebaugh, and Justin Theriat. Wollam, like Mitchell, was trailing when his match went to the third period. Like Mitchell, Wollam took advantage of an opportunity and finished matters, with the win coming 34 seconds into the final period.

At the other end of the spectrum, Atkinson needed just 22 seconds to win while Perez lagged only two seconds back with a 24-second victory.

Robert Burke was a late second-period fall victim for the Panther reserves while Colton Parham dropped an 11-3 major decision in his exhibition match.

The Panthers travel to Worland this Friday and Saturday for a dual meet.

“All three Billings schools will be there,” said Urbach. “It’ll be a tough event. We’ll need to be ready to go.”

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