Powell, WY


Humidity: 36%

Wind: 4 mph

Powell Panthers top Cody Broncs in final home dual

Dylan Rood applies pressure to score back points during Powell’s dual with Cody Tuesday night. Rood won the match by pin, adding six points to the Panther’s team score. Dylan Rood applies pressure to score back points during Powell’s dual with Cody Tuesday night. Rood won the match by pin, adding six points to the Panther’s team score. Tribune photo by Don Amend

The Powell Panther wrestlers closed their home season Tuesday night with a big win over Cody in an abbreviated dual.

Six forfeits by the Cody wrestlers meant the Panthers only had to win one of the seven remaining matches to win the team score, and Charles Wittick took care of that in the first match, taking a 12-3 major decision over Cody’s Max Dickerman at 113. Wittick outscored his opponent 6-0 in the first two periods and expanded the lead to nine by allowing three escapes and scoring three takedowns in the third period to score four team points.

Dylan Rood, wrestling for the first time since tweaking a knee in Miles City last month, added the Panthers only pin of the evening. Rood scored first and built a 9-1 lead over Johnny Schlappi after two periods before ending the 126-pound match less than a minute into the third period.

Zach Thiel followed with a hard fought decision over Gabe Whisonant. Whisonant scored first with a takedown, but Thiel responded with a reverse to tie the score after one round. He added two points in the second and two more in the third to take a 6-2 win. Powell’s last win came from Waylon Bays, who was wrestling up a weight at 152, took a two point lead in the first round and stretched it to 4-0 in the second. Cody’s Russ Wilde came back with three points in the third round, one of them on a penalty point, but Bays picked up four near-fall points to win the match 8-3.

Cody’s three wins all came on falls. Colbee Craig was leading his opponent 6-2 in the second period and had his opponent in a nearfall when a mistake cost him a reversal and an eventual pin. Jared Wantulok stepped up from the JV ranks to wrestle at 145 and was pinned, and Mike Mundy fell to Drew McMillan, one of the Broncs best wrestlers.

Final score in the match was 58-18.

Prior to the match, the Panthers honored their seniors, Wittick, Thiel, Bays, Randy Andrews, Olie Olson, Clay Saldana and Kurt Bullinger. Also recognized were three senior cheerleaders, Kaitlynn Norman, Chelsea Segura, and Taylor Swenson.

The Panthers close out their regular season Thursday (tonight) with a trip to Worland to take on the defending 3A state champions. In last year’s matchup with perennially tough Warriors, Worland won seven matches by fall to a 48-23 loss on the Panthers, and the Panthers will be looking to reverse that score. The traditional rivalry always generates intensity and the dual always draw a big crowd.

Wrestling begins at 6 p.m. in the Warrior gym.

Next week, the intensity steps up as PHS enters the conference tournament to wrestle for seedings in the state finals. Worland has moved to the East Regional and will not be there to defend their regional title, but Star Valley returns from 4A to challenge the Panthers and Lander and Cody will also be in the mix, aldong with Lyman, Mountain View, Pinedale and Jackson.

Leave a comment

All comments are initially screened to avoid spam and profanity, and your comment may take some time to appear on the site. The Powell Tribune reserves the right to not publish inappropriate comments.
Fields marked (*) are required.


Get all the latest Powell news by subscribing to the Powell Tribune today!

Click here to find out more!


Our paper can be delivered right to your e-mail inbox with a subscription to the Powell Tribune!

Find out more here!

Stay Connected

Keep up with Powell news by liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter.

Go to top