Panthers compete hard despite dual loss


KYLE SCHWIBINGER of Plymouth rides Ripon’s Brady Kuphal during the 170-pound match at Thursday’s wrestling dual. Schwibinger won, 7-6. – Submitted photo KYLE SCHWIBINGER of Plymouth rides Ripon’s Brady Kuphal during the 170-pound match at Thursday’s wrestling dual. Schwibinger won, 7-6. – Submitted photo RIPON — Plymouth lost Thursday night’s dual wrestling meet but Panther head coach Ben Chapman was pleased with his team’s effort against host Ripon.

“Our team really showed how we have the conditioning to go hard for three full periods. We pride ourselves on being able to go six minutes hard,” said Chapman.

“It’s something we say before every match – ‘six hard,’ referring to going all six minutes of the match as hard as you can.”

The 46-26 loss for the Panthers dropped their East Central Conference record to 1-3 (1-7 overall).

“We continue to battle every week with a young team and it is exciting to see their improvement,” said Chapman.

Leading the Panthers were Erik Ohman and Jesus Guzman with pins at 160 and 195 pounds, respectively.

“Will Birkholz, Josh Koll and Kyle Schwibinger really stepped it up and put this [wrestling hard for six minutes] on display tonight. Pablo Lopez took this principle a step further by winning in overtime,” said Chapman.

Birkholz won by a major decision, 8-0, at 120. Koll earned a 13-4 major decision at 138. Schwibinger won, 7-6, at 170. Lopez triumphed, 12-7, at 132. Lopez scored a takedown and a three-point near fall in overtime after the match was tied 7-7 through regulation.


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