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Team ascends rankings on eve of 3A West tourney

The Powell Panthers moved into the No. 1 spot in the latest Class 3A wrestling rankings posted by wyowrestling.com. Powell had spent 2013 ranked second in the polls behind Douglas. A strong showing at the Ron Thon in Riverton, however, jumbled the order.

This was not the sort of publicity the sport wanted.

Unless you’ve managed to avoid a sports broadcast in the last 36 hours or so, you’ve probably heard the news. The International Olympic Committee made a preliminary decision to pull wrestling from its roster of sports offered in the Summer Games, starting in the year 2020. One of the original sports offered in the ancient (and modern) Olympic games was unexpectedly dealt the axe.

Powell scores decisive 57-13 win over cross-county rival

Cody hung around early, but the second-ranked Powell Panthers capitalized on four forfeit victories on their way to capturing the last nine matches of the night to score a 57-13 victory over Cody in wrestling dual action on Tuesday night.

The victory, which came on senior night at Cody High School, wraps up an unbeaten season for the Panthers in dual action. It came with a few nervous moments early, however.

Absolutely nobody is stupid enough to wager money on a sporting event like the Super Bowl. After all, it’s just a game and exists solely for Sunday evening television entertainment purposes, right?

So it is merely in some hypothetical parallel universe that I just happened to find myself in the waning moments of last Sunday’s big game staring at a 10-by-10 grid of names and numbers displaying my name in a position to reap a windfall should the final score of the game reach its conclusion with the Baltimore Ravens holding a final score ending in four and the San Francisco 49ers holding a score ending in a nine, conditions that existed with Baltimore clinging to a 34-29 advantage late in the contest.

Powell Panthers place five, finish third

Depending on who you’re talking to, there’s a debate to be had over whether a championship at the Ron Thon tournament in Riverton is a more prestigious prize than a state title. What nobody will disagree with is that the only way to win a Ron Thon title is through hard work.

That’s lots and lots of hard work.

Team topples Central, falls to Sheridan

The Northwest College women forced 28 turnovers and placed three players in double figures in posting a 60-54 victory over Central Wyoming last week in Region IX North basketball action. The contest was played in Riverton.

Trapper men defeat Sheridan in 2OT

After watching a double-digit lead evaporate down the stretch in regulation and manufacturing a pair of last-minute comebacks, the Northwest College men’s basketball team sent rival and Region IX North-leading Sheridan College back home with a loss in an exciting 95-91 double overtime contest on Saturday.

 

No. 2 Powell takes down ranked Worland, Lander squads

The second-ranked Powell Panther wrestling program set its sights on this weekend’s Ron Thon Invitational in Riverton with a pair of impressive dual victories last week. Powell took down No. 4 Worland by a 46-27 final count before traveling to No. 5 Lander and bringing home a 55-15 victory.

Last weekend’s Apodaca Duals signified that the junior college wrestling season is drawing to a close. Grapplers from Northwest College, like their counterparts across the nation, will soon be taking part in regional competition with a spot on the national championship tournament bracket at stake.

Win over No. 3 Clackamas highlights event

The seventh-ranked Northwest College Trappers put on a show for the home crowd at the 2013 installment of the Apodaca Duals, taking down No. 3 Clackamas (31-16) and No. 11 Iowa Central (36-9). The Trappers also had a showdown with No. 1 North Idaho, in which they fell by a 27-12 final count after having to surrender 12 points to forfeits in the upper two weight classes.

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