John Gramke, Fireside Guard wrestling correspondent
The Centralia Panthers enter the post season competing in the MSHSAA Class 1 District 2 wrestling tournament Saturday, February 13 hosted by Palmyra High School.
Competing under a modified schedule due to COVID-19 restrictions, the post season now includes the district tournament and the addition of a sectional round.
The four medalists in each weight class advances to the sectional round and an opportunity to qualify for the MSHSAA Championships.
The modification allows for compliance with NFHS rules regarding maximum number of matches a wrestler may compete in per day.
The district tournament will be laden with state-ranked talent and with Centralia holding the No 2 spot in Class 1, and Palmyra the 3rd, the district title may be a two-team race from the field of eight.
Looking to repeat from their 2020 district title, Centralia Head Coach Luke Gramke knows it takes more than a state ranking to win a district title. “Palmyra has an outstanding team and their kids are as tough as they come. We will have to have a great tournament to repeat as district champions,” said Gramke. “We need to stay focused and be great teammates for one another.”
Centralia district team includes eight individually ranked wrestlers including Brayden Dubes (113) and Brayden Shelton (145) both ranked 1st.
Seth Hasekamp is ranked 3rd at 285, Weston Ward (106) and Kyden Wilkerson (138) are ranked 4th, Jesse Shannon (120) and Sam Lynn (220) ranked 5th and 8th-ranked Hunter Phillips at 195.
For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.