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Panthers post 1-2 record at Woodbury Central quad

Friday, December 12, 2008

(Sentinel photo by Bethany Kroeze) Kingsley-Pierson's Sean Bainbridge wrestles his OA/BCIG opponent at the Panthers' quad dual meet Thursday in Moville. Bainbridge won the match.
If only the young Kingsley-Pierson wrestling team could fill all its weight classes.

The Panthers left four weight classes open and that certainly didn't help as they went 1-2 at a quad meet at Woodbury Central High School in Moville on Thursday.

"I can never fault the kids for their effort," K-P coach Jay Warren said. "We have a young squad no matter how you look at it."

(Sentinel photo by Bethany Kroeze) Kingsley-Pierson's Ross McNaughton takes down his OA/BCIG opponent at the Panthers' quad dual meet Thursday in Moville. McNaughton won the 11-7 decision.
The Panthers also had the weather working against them this week. They didn't practice on Monday due to the approaching bad weather and school was cancelled on Tuesday, leaving them with just a single practice on Wednesday this week.

"The kids had kind of a tough week," Warren said. "It makes it tough when you only have one day of practice."

On Thursday, K-P opened the quad against a stacked Odebolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove squad and OA/BCIG was in control from the opening 160-pound match.

(Sentinel photo by Bethany Kroeze) Kingsley-Pierson's Caleb Bush, top, grapples with a Westwood opponent at the Panthers' quad dual meet Thursday in Moville.
A pin at 160 and and a forfeit at 171 gave OA/BCIG a 12-0 lead before Ross McNaughton put the Panthers on the board with an 11-7 decision at 189 pounds. Mike Weaver added a pin at 285 to make it 18-9, but that was as close as the Panthers would get. OA/BCIG scored 46 straight points before Sean Bainbridge capped the dual with a victory at 152 pounds making the final score 64-12.

"Each school (Odebolt-Arthur and Battle Creek-Ida Grove) could almost field a team of our size," Warren said. "But they're combined, so that makes it tough."

The Panthers faced Westwood in their second dual of the evening. A match-opening forfeit at 171 pounds precluded a 4-0 decision by McNaughton at 189 pounds. Then the Panthers got consecutive pins from Cole Simons (215), Weaver (285) and Corey Becker (103) to build a 27-0 lead.

After Westwood used a pin and three K-P forfeits to climb to within three at 27-24, the Panthers cemented the victory with pins from Matt Steffen (140), Bainbridge (152) and Tanner Weaver (160). Weaver's pin came after just 19 seconds of competition and the Panthers secured the 51-30 victory.

K-P wrapped up the evening with a 60-24 dual loss to host Woodbury Central.

Simons (189), Mike Weaver (285) and Bainbridge (152) recorded pins. Ross McNaughton won a forfeit victory at 171 pounds to complete the Panthers' scoring.

Mike Weaver, Bainbridge and McNaughton each went 3-0 for the Panthers.

K-P returns to action Saturday at the Westerner Invitational in Akron.

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