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Two members of the PHS boys wrestling team advanced to this week’s state tournament following district competition in Higginsville Saturday.
Collin Arch, a senior, won the 150-pound district title and now hopes to win a fourth state title, while Luke Lawson, a sophomore, took fourth place at 106-pounds, and earned his first trip to state.
The two join Ellyse Lorenson, who qualified as the lone PHS girls qualifier, to compete in the MSHSAA Class 1 Wrestling Championships to be held at Wednesday and Thursday at Mizzou Arena on the campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Arch dominated his way through the Class 1, District 3 field, winning all four of his matches by fall, while Lawson, lost in the quarterfinals, but wrestled back to reach the third-place match.
Arch opened the tournament by pinning Penney’s Talan Ash at 0:27, North Callaway’s Carson Safrankski at 1:15 and Centralia’s Ethan Adams at 0:59 before winning the title match by fall at 1:45 over Brookfield’s Colton Parn.
Arch earned his first title in 2020 as a freshman at 120 pounds to become the second Panther to win a state title after his
brother, Ross, did it in 2019.
Collin then won the following two years at 132 and 138 pounds respectively.
Lawson received a first-round bye but lost by fall at 1:19 to Centralia’s Bryson Dubes in the quarterfinals.
He then got a consolation bye before winning by fall at 2:18 over Marceline’s Reece Stufflebean and by a 12-0 major decision over Father Tolton’s Charlie Ruether before losing his third-place match by fall at 1:56 to Gallatin’s Eli Sperry.
Eight other Panther wrestlers competed at district’s but failed to qualify for state.
Jose Juarez came the closest to qualifying, losing his 215-pound semifinal match before bowing out in the consolation semifinals.
Brayden Pillars lost his 144-pound quarterfinal match, but won his first two wrestlebacks before losing in the consolation semifinals.
Kaden Timbrook also lost his 113-pound quarterfinal match and his first wrestleback before bowing out in the consolation second round.
Talon Markley lost his 157-pound quarterfinal match and then lost in the consolation round.
Ashton Hankins also lost his 175-pound quarterfinal match before losing in the consolation round.
Kevin Gosney, lost both of his 126-pound matches, as did Wyatt Pults at 165 pounds, and Zeke Meyers at 285 pounds.
Last week’s story about the girls district tournament incorrectly reported Janie Triplett went 0-2. She actually went 1-2, winning by fall over Moberly’s Melody Hicks.