Courtesy John Gramke, Fireside Guard wrestling correspondent
The Centralia Panther grapplers, currently ranked 2nd in Class 1, closed out the month of January remaining undefeated in dual action and adding yet another dominant tournament victory.
Following a 42-28 dual meet win over nearby rival Class 2 Mexico, the Panthers completed their January tour by also defeating Class 3 Hannibal 63-18.
Picking up huge wins against Mexico were Jesse Shannon (120), Duke Newsted (126), Brayden Shelton (132) and Kyden Wilkerson (138). It was a notable victory for Newsted as he earned a milestone 100th win with a SV overtime 3-1 decision against Dylan Mosley.
Shannon defeated Ricardo Juarez in a 3-2 decision,
Shelton pinned Kenley Allen in 1:32 and Wilkerson won by fall over Shawn Pehle in 2:44.
At Hannibal, CHS again exerted dominance scoring bonus team points by winning five matches by fall, one each technical fall and major decision.
Notching victories at Hannibal were Brayden Dubes (106) win by fall over Shawn Smashey in 1:42, Shelton earned a 24-9 tech fall against Matt Wilson, Wilkerson pinned Nathan Messina in 3:54, Austin Dawson (145) pinned Tyler Hardy in 1:07, Trevor Bodine (195) won a 15-4 major decision over Jameson White, Sam Lynn (220) pinned Brady Zimmerman in 25 seconds and Xaden Lockett (285) added to the final tally with a win by fall over Kanye Washington in 3:27.
Following their dual meet wins, Centralia officially opened their February campaign at the Highway 13 Throw-down Tournament hosted by Lafayette County C-1 High School in Higginsville.
The Panthers placed six wrestlers in the championship round resulting in four tournament champions and placing nine medalists overall en-route to winning the title in the field of 15 teams with 325.5 points, well ahead of Class 2, 8th ranked Oak Grove, 286 pts, and Class 1, 9th ranked Knob Noster, 224.5 and host, Lafayette County 167 pts.
Individual champions for CHS were Dubes, Shelton, Bodine and Lynn.
Placing second in the brackets were Gabe Maenner (113) and Newsted. Rounding out Centralia’s medalists with 3rd place finishes were Wilkerson, Anthony Stevens (160) and Seth Hasekamp (285).
Tonight, 5:30 p.m., February 4 the Panthers host wrestlers from Marceline and Chillicothe for the Centralia Panthers wrestling team senior night.