Panther wrestlers split last two duals of season


3A West Regional Tournament Friday and Saturday in Cody

Powell High School’s wrestlers split a pair of duals in the final week of regular season competition.

Powell traveled to Cody on Tuesday, Feb. 7, where the Panthers bested the Broncs, 53-23. On Friday, they hosted the Worland Warriors for their last home competition of the season, falling 46-30.

Powell 53, Cody 23

The varsity match began with the 113-pound weight class, where Powell’s Michael Maddox started the Panthers off with six points with a pin in 35 seconds against Ethan Thomas.

The next match, 120 pounds, was also won by a pin by Stephan Preator in 2:45 over Ryan Christianson, which gave Powell a 12-0 lead.

In the 126-pound match, Cody put its first points onto the scoreboard with CHS senior Nathan Gifford pinning PHS freshman Ethan Asher in 1:47.

Reese Karst, at 132 pounds, won by pin in 2:52 over Jon Sanchez; Cody senior David Plummer then took a 11-3 major decision over freshman Brody Karhu in the 138-pound match.

Freshman Bo Dearcorn boosted the Panthers’ advantage to 23-10 by winning by tech fall 16-1 over junior Liam O’Hara in the second period.

But Cody would take the next two matches to narrow the gap to 23-19.

In the 152-pound match, Josh Jones won a 7-0 decision over Powell’s Shattuck Swenson and in the 160-pound match, Orin Oiler pinned PHS’ Cameron Schmidt in 1:21.

Panther Ty Dearcorn broke Cody’s streak with a pin of Owen Oiler in 1:07 and Powell picked up 12 more points when Cody had no one to face Eli Briggs at 182 pounds and Cameron Lamb at 195 pounds.

PHS’ Zach Easum then defeated Eric Flores in the 220-pound match by fall in 2:22.

Terrance McLaughlin continued Powell’s pin streak by getting Jackson Morris in 1:49 in the 285-pound match.

Finally, at 106 pounds, CHS’ Michael Caudle defeated Zane Cordes by a 12-3 major decision.

Worland 46, Powell 30

After recognizing PHS’ five seniors — Easum, Ty Dearcorn, Briggs, Swenson and Logan Lamb — Friday’s wrestling dual began at the 145-pound weight class.

Bo Dearcorn started Powell off with a win by a 11-4 decision over Milo Vega.

Swenson added another win for Powell in the 152-pound match with a pin in 1:45 to make it 9-0 Powell.

In the 160-pound match, Worland’s Peyton Woffinden won by pin over Cameron Schmidt in 3:47.

But Ty Dearcorn extended the Panthers’ lead to 15-6 with a 1:33 pin over JR Hoffman.

The lead was short lived, though, as Worland went on a pin streak to win the next six matches and go up 42-15.

Briggs was pinned in 1:40, Logan Lamb in 3:45 in the 220-pound match, McLaughlin in 1:27, Cordes in 1:22 and Maddox at  in 2:34. Worland also picked up an open match in the 195-pound weight class,

Worland’s six-pin streak ended when Preator won by an 8-3 decision in the 120-pound match, giving Powell three points.

Asher lost the next match by a 12-4 major decision. That would be Worland’s last win of the night, but the visitor’s 46-18 lead was too great for a Powell comeback.

Powell won the last two matches by pin: Karst had the fastest pin of the night, besting Worland’s Hayden Johnston in 18 seconds. At 138 pounds, Karhu pinned Hunter Elliott in 46 seconds.

The postseason begins Friday, with the first day of the 3A West Regional Tournament in Cody. Powell, Cody, Lander, Lyman, Mountain View, Pinedale, Riverton and Star Valley will all compete.

The regional tournament will start at 4 p.m. on Friday and will resume Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

The top four finishers in each weight class earn a seed for the state tournament, while the top eight advance to the Feb. 24-25 state tournament in Casper.