With post season fast approaching, the PHS wrestlers are preparing for possible state runs.

Coach Josh Buatte says the team is dealing with some bumps and bruises, but the outlook is good going into district competition, the boys in  in Marceline, and the girls in Wentzville, this Friday and Saturday.

“The team looks pretty good going into competition these last weeks of the season,” Buatte said. “The wrestlers are a little banged up, but then again most wrestlers are throughout the season. 

State is the ultimate goal, and Palmyra wrestlers can punch their ticket to the state tournament in Columbia Feb. 20-22 with a top-four finish in their weight-class.

“We have a good chance at sending wrestlers to state on both sides (girls and boys),” Buatte said. “Overall I’m looking forward to the last few weeks of wrestling. It will be nerve racking and exciting. 

The boys team will compete in the Class 3, District 3 Tournament in Marceline along with Brookfield, Carrollton, Centralia, Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School, Hallsville, Lafayette County, Lexington, Macon, Marceline, Missouri Military Academy, North Callaway, Richmond, St. Paul Lutheran (Concordia) and Trenton.

The girls will compete in the Class 1, District 2 Tournament at Holt High School in Wentzville along with 39 other schools.

The Panthers lost a dual at Kirksville Monday, 49-21.

Palmyra went 3-7 in actual matches, and both teams forfeited twice.

Winning matches for Palmyra were:

See more in this week's Palmyra Spectator.