Drew Feller, Waylon Bays, Olie Olson, Mike Mundy, Zach Thompson and Kurt Bullinger all recorded pins in Basin Thursday night. Colbee Craig and Randy Andrews added major decisions and Charles Wittick and Zach Thiel won by forfeit as the Panthers routed the Buffaloes 56-19.
Friday the Panthers went over the mountain to face seven teams, including East Conference power Douglas, and the Panthers stormed through the weekend, winning all seven of their duals. Torrington, Laramie, Buffalo, Douglas, Glenrock, Rawlins and the Gillette JVs all fell to PHS, with most of the individual wins coming by fall.
Craig, Charles Wittick, Waylon Bays, and Randy Andrews all were undefeated during the competition, while Drew Feller and Zack Thompson lost only one bout each.
Wittick, Craig, Feller, Bays, Andrews and Thompson all recorded pins to defeat Douglas and Zach Thiel squeezed out a 9-8 decision.
The Bearcats were missing some top wrestlers, according to coach Nathan Urbach so some anticipated matches for Andrews and Bays didn’t happen.
The Panthers continued their pinning ways against Torrington, with pins by Craig, Tyler Patterson, Thompson and Bullinger. Clay Saldana added a decision to the victory margin. Torrington forfeited five matches.
There were even more pins against Laramie. Wittick, Craig, Bays, Patterson, Thompson, Schultz and Bullinger all ended their matches early and Feller and Andrews added major decisions. The Gillette JVs gave up nine pins to Wittick, Feller, Thiel, Bays, Andrews, Patterson, Olson, Mundy and Thompson. Craig settled for a major decision and Bullinger won his bout 7-2.
Against Glenrock, freshman Colton Parham, subbing for an injured Dylan Rood at 120, won a 9-4 decision and Wittick won his match 4-1. Craig, Feller, Thiel, Bays, Andrews, Patterson, Bullinger and Schultz all won by fall.
Match results from the Rawlins/Powell dual were unavailable.
Urbach said he was pleased with his wrestlers’ efforts. Craig and Thompson, who have struggled at times in the early season, had especially good weekends.
“Feller looked good,” Urbach said, “and Thiel wrestled well.”
Urbach said his team is “a little banged up,” with Rood out until next week and Olson nursing an ankle injury, and that Mundy was ill during the competition.
This week the Panthers take on Lander in a dual scheduled for Thursday night at the Cabre gym at Northwest College. The Tigers are coached by former PHS wrestler Nick Fulton, and Urbach said Fulton has done a great job in developing the program.
“It’s going to be a heck of a dual,” Urbach said. “They beat Douglas, also, and they’re well coached. We have some good match-ups with them.”