Steady improvement: PHS wrestling excels in Green River

Posted 1/19/21

Powell High School wrestling coach Nick Fulton couldn’t have asked for much more from his team in Green River last weekend.

The Panthers earned three dual wins on Friday, defeating Cheyenne …

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Steady improvement: PHS wrestling excels in Green River

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Powell High School wrestling coach Nick Fulton couldn’t have asked for much more from his team in Green River last weekend.

The Panthers earned three dual wins on Friday, defeating Cheyenne South, Lyman and Wheatland by sizable margins. The performance came just a few days after a neck-and-neck home defeat against Cody.

“We looked better,” Fulton said. “It was nice to get three dual wins. We hung in there and battled.”

PHS opened the day with a 65-12 rout of Cheyenne South. Next, the Panthers cruised to a win over “quality 3A opponent” Lyman, posting a final score of 59-29. And Powell wrapped up Friday with a 51-30 victory over Wheatland.

“All of our guys showed improvement,” Fulton said. “We had good performances out of all of our guys at some point. The performance level was really good.”

PHS seniors Seth Horton and Emma Karhu both went undefeated on the weekend, going 3-0.

Fulton also noted Logan Werner as someone who impressed him. Werner went 2-1 in his three matches, with his only defeat coming to Sefton Douglass of Lyman, one of the state’s best wrestlers in the 120 class.

“I was really happy with Logan [Werner] for continuing to battle,” the coach said.

Though the 3-0 weekend was arguably the team’s best performance of the season, Fulton still sees much room to grow as a team.

“We have to continue working on winning tough matches — win one- and two-point matches,” Fulton said. “Now we have to take that next step and win those.”

Fresh off the wins, the Panthers will hit the road for duals in Worland and Lander on Thursday and Friday. PHS will face the Warriors, along with Cody and Lovell, at 3 p.m. Thursday in Worland, and they’ll take on Lander Valley, Pinedale and Rawlins at 11 a.m. Friday in Lander.

“We have to keep working because it doesn’t get any easier,” Fulton said. “We have six duals this week against tough opponents.”

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