Panthers pin down victory in season debut


NATHAN FRANCIS of Plymouth pins Waupun’s Vinny Wittlieff in the 145-pound match at Thursday’s ECC wrestling meet. – Submitted photo NATHAN FRANCIS of Plymouth pins Waupun’s Vinny Wittlieff in the 145-pound match at Thursday’s ECC wrestling meet. – Submitted photo PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Panthers racked up an impressive seven pins en route to a 45-30 dual win over visiting Waupun Thursday night.

The East Central Conference meet was the Panthers’ season opener.

After Connor Schmidt’s forfeit win at 120 pounds gave the Panthers a 6-0 lead, PHS won six straight matches by pins to build a 42-6 lead.

Scoring pins for the Panthers were Will Birkholz at 126; Cade Nicolaus, 132; Josh Koll, 138; Nathan Francis, 145; Ben Meyer, 152; Erik Ohman, 160; and Forrest Spring at 195. Also winning for PHS was Andrew Steinhardt with a 7-0 decision at 106.

“I thought our team wrestled very well for the first competition of the year. We still have a lot we can improve on but overall it was the start to the season we needed,” said Panther head coach Ben Chapman.

“The amount of pins we had really stood out and helped us secure the team victory.

“Everyone wrestled very well and set the tone of the match. I was very pleased with the way Caden Nicolaus and Ben Meyer stepped up and won by pin for the team. It kept our momentum rolling and helped secure the team victory,” said Chapman.

“This [win] definitely helped build some team confidence and momentum moving forward. This shows the guys that the hard work they have been putting in the past few weeks was worth it and will motivate them to continue working hard.”

In junior varsity action, the Panthers’ Jack Nytes, a first-year wrestler, lost by a fall.


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