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."
"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.
"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.