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The PHS boys and girls wrestling teams competed at the Liberty Wentzville Tournament this past weekend, as the season got under way.
The Panthers finished ninth in a 20-team field won by Centralia, while the girls placed 15th out of 30 teams led by Francis Howell Central.
Eight Panthers placed individually and were led by Collin Arch, who won the 138-pound title, and Luke Triplett, who finished second at 220 pounds.
Also placing were: Jose Juarez, fourth place, 195 pounds; Jayden Sharrow, fifth place, 170 pounds; Audrin McElvain, sixth place, 120 pounds; Luke Lawson, sixth place, 106 pounds; Brayden Pillars, seventh place, 145 pounds; and Evan Pennewell, 10th place, 126 pounds.
Top-seeded Arch earned a first-round bye and went 4-0, pinning Sullivan’s Adam Peregov and winning by technical fall, 17-2, over Kirksville’s Lane Patterson, before winning the title, by a 3-1 decision over Francis Howell Central’s David Cross.
Second-seeded Triplett went 5-1, earning a bye and winning two of his matches by fall and two by major decision before falling to Fulton’s Josh Dunmire by fall in the title match.
Third-seeded Juarez went 2-3, before falling to Warrenton’s Jacob Ruff in the third-place match.
Eighth-seeded Sharrow went 4-1, winning his fifth place match by fall over Centralia’s Coulten Baker.
Seventh-seeded McElvain went 2-3 losing his fifth-place match by fall to Logan Pennock, of Fort Madison.
Fifteenth-seeded Pillars went 3-2, winning his seventh place match by fall over Fulton’s Gabe O’Neal.
Tenth-seeded Pennewell went 0-5, losing his ninth place match by fall to Fulton’s Gunnar Holt.
Three Lady Panthers placed at the tournament, including Ellyse Loronson, who went 4-0 to win the 149-pound title.
Also placing were Grace Fessenden, fifth place in 235 pounds and Anna Ragar, sixth place in 115 pounds.
Loronsen won two of her matches by fall over Timberland’s Lauren Looper and Pattonville’s Jordane Hale, and won another by a 7-2 decision over Warrento’s Caelyn Hanff, before winning the title by fall over Skyler Morrissey of Francis Howell Central.
Fessenden went 3-2, winning her fifth-place match by fall over Kirksville’s Destynee Small.
Ragar went 3-2, losing her fifth place match by fall to Fulton’s Emmy Begemann.
Palmyra got the 2021-2022 campaign underway on the home mats last Thursday when they hosted Macon, Quincy Notre Dame and Camp Point, Ill.
The Panthers fought Macon to a 42-42 draw with both teams winning three actual matches.
Winning for Palmyra were:
Audrin McElvain (120) by fall over Caelan Harland;
Collin Arch (138) by fall over Connor O’Hara; and
Jose Juarez (195) by fall over Ethan Prewett.
Losing matches, all by fall, were Evan Pennewell (126), Ashton Hankins (160) and Hector Juarez (170).
Results were unavailable for the matches against Camp Point and QND.
In girls action, Palmyra topped Macon, 18-6, going 2-0 in actual matches.
Fessenden won by fall over Brooklyn Gooding at 235 pounds, while Loronson won by fall over Alexa Martinez at 149 pounds.
12/9 Palmyra Quad
12/10-11 Wentzville Tourn.
12/14 Blair Oaks/Fatima
12/17-18 Mo Valley Tourn.(B)
12/29-30 Battle Tourn. (G)
12/29 Hallsville Tourn. (B)
1/6 Brookfield Quad (B)
1/8 St. John Vianny Tourn. (B)
1/10 Hannibal Dual
1/11 Moberly/Boonville (B)
1/14-15 QHS Tournament (B)
1/18 Home vs. N. Point
1/21-22 Brookfield Tourn.
1/25 Kirksville Quad
1/27 Macon Quad
1/29 QND Tourn. (B)
2/4-5 Districts (G)
2/11-12 Districts (B)
2/17-19 State (B&G)