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Panther wrestlers vault to number 2 in Class 3A

Powell High School freshman Kye Catlin (right) completed a rise up the rankings this week as he was named the top-ranked wrestler at 138 pounds to end 2012. Powell High School freshman Kye Catlin (right) completed a rise up the rankings this week as he was named the top-ranked wrestler at 138 pounds to end 2012. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

The hierarchy of Class 3A wrestling underwent its first significant change of the season in the wake of the Lander Invitational.

After three consecutive polls as the No. 3 team in the state, the Panthers rose one spot on the strength of their Lander finish and sit at No. 2 in the latest Wyowrestling. com rankings.

Douglas, which edged Pow- ell by five points in Lander, ascends to No. 1. Star Valley, which had occupied the No. 1 spot since the preseason, dropped to third. Worland, Lander and Torrington shape out the top six in the final rank- ings of 2012.

Fourteen Panthers will enter the new year sporting individual rankings, including a pair of freshmen holding down the No. 1 spot in their weight divisions. Nic Urbach followed his Best of the Best win at the Battle of the

Bighorns with a commanding performance in Lander, pinning his way to the title and secur- ing his hold on the No. 1 spot at 113 pounds for another week. Kye Catlin, unranked to begin the season, completed a steady climb up the rankings ladder to settle in at the No. 1 slot at 138 pounds for the first time in his high school career.

Senior Tyler Patterson, who had held down the No. 1 spot at 170 pounds in each of the last two rankings series, tumbled to third.

Junior Zach Thompson and senior Andrew Feller are both ranked No. 2 within their re- spective weight classes. Thomp- son has held down the No. 2 spot throughout the season at 195 pounds and missed on his op- portunity to advance in the polls at Lander. Thompson dropped a one-point decision against the man he’s been looking up at in the polls throughout the season, Star Valley’s Jordan Semadeni. For Feller, the appearance at

No. 2 represents his highest position to date this season in the 132-pound rankings. Feller moved up two spots from No. 4 based on the results of the Land- er tournament. His previous high had been an appearance at No. 3 earlier this year.

The Panthers return to mat action on Jan. 3 with duals against Billings Senior and Bill- ings Skyview. The team also competes in the Bozeman Invi- tational on Jan. 4-5.

Here’s the complete list of Powell wrestlers listed in this week’s rank- ings:

113 — 1. Nic Urbach, 4. Chance Karst 120 — 3. Colbee Craig, 5. Colton Parham
126 — 3. Dylan Rood

132 — 2. Andrew Feller
138 — 1. Kye Catlin, 6. Matt Wid- dicombe
145 — 3. Jacob Davis
170 — 3. Tyler Patterson
195 — 2. Zach Thompson
220 — 4. Spencer Schultz, 7. Erik Denney
285 — 3. Riley Stringer

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