Freshman Ty Linebaugh began the match suffering a technical fall for the Panthers at 138 pounds. Kye Catlin answered with a win by fall that required just 44 seconds of mat time to achieve. Jacob Davis followed with an 18-3 technical fall victory at 152 pounds to move Powell into an 11-5 lead.
The pendulum swung back in Cody’s favor through the middle weights though. Anthony Lujan became Powell’s second tech fall victim of the night, falling 15-0 in his 160-pound match. Mike Mundy dropped an 11-4 decision at 170, tipping the balance back in Cody’s favor, 13-11, on the team scoreboard.
Mundy’s loss would also prove to be Powell’s last.
Panther senior Tyler Patterson kicked off a parade of nine consecutive Panther wins to close out the evening, using just 35 seconds to score a win by fall in the 182-pound match. Zach Thompson followed with a comfortable 15-4 major decision victory at 195.
Next came a parade of forfeit wins as Riley Stringer (220), Erik Denney (285), Noah Wozney (106) and Chance Karst (113) all stepped onto the mat unopposed to have their arms raised in victory. Each time, the Panthers added six additional points to the scoreboard, clinching the night’s victory in the process.
When action finally resumed on the mat, it did so at 120 pounds as Panther freshman Nic Urbach continued Powell’s scoring avalanche. After surrendering an early takedown in a scramble, Urbach recovered for a 19-3 technical fall victory.
Junior Colbee Craig picked up a 6-0 shutout decision at 126 pounds. Senior Dylan Rood capped the evening with a 16-2 major decision win at 132 pounds.
Wrestling rankings had not yet been updated when today’s (Thursday) issue of the Tribune went to press. The Panthers will have this weekend off in preparation for next week’s 3A West regional tournament in Mountain View. The Panthers will carry a number of highly ranked wrestlers to that meet, which will also feature current 3A No. 3 Star Valley.