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Panther wrestling

Posted: Monday, Jan 14th, 2013

Tyrel Toomer looks for the pin in the home dual with Bear Lake on Jan. 2.

The Panther wrestlers competed in three duals on Wednesday, Jan. 2, on their home mat. First, they dualed against the varsity team from Star Valley and won five of the 12 matches. Next they matched up with the JV team from Star Valley and won 10 of the 12 matches. Finally the Panthers competed with the Bears of Bear Lake High School and won 10 of the 12 matches.

Five Panther wrestlers won all three matches: Colt Larson at 120, James Teichert at 126, Macen Petersen at 132, Brigham Teichert at 145 and Colter Linford at 170. Going 2-0 were Ellis Toomer at 132 and Alex Dayton at 152.

The Panther Wrestlers also competed against nine other teams from Idaho, Utah and Wyoming in the Bear Lake Classic Tournament on Jan. 4 and 5.

The Panthers had 16 wrestlers in the 15 weights. Of 32 matches on Friday, Jan. 4, they won 20. By the end of the day, seven Panthers had advanced into the championship semi-finals. As a team, they found themselves in the lead with 70 points. Ririe and Bear Lake were close behind with 63 and 60 points respectively.

On the morning of Saturday, Jan. 5, following the semi-final round, the Panthers were able to advance six of the seven into the finals. Seven worked their way through the wrestlebacks, but only one was able to finish in the top four. The Panthers placed seven wrestlers in the top four.

Jayson Robertson at 113 lost a close match to his opponent from Mountain View and finished in fourth place. James Teichert at 126 lost a nail-biter to his opponent from Ririe to bring home the runner-up medal. Brock Teichert at 152 lost a close match by two points and received second place honors. Macen Petersen at 132 pinned his final opponent to take first place. Tyrel Toomer at 138 also pinned his final opponent to take first. Brigham Teichert at 145 brought home the first place medal with a major decision over his opponent. Colter Linford at 170 was crowned champion with a 5-0 decision.

The top three teams at the end of the day were Bear Lake in third place with 151.0 points; Ririe in second place with 180 points; and the Panthers on top with 186 points.

The Panthers will now prepare for the 35th annual Don Runner at Wind River High School on Friday, Jan. 11, and Saturday, Jan. 12.

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