12.22.18 PANTHERS FINISH 2ND AT HOME
12.11.18 GRAPPLERS BATTLE TOUGH, BUT COME UP SHORT
Coming off a successful repeat as the Lancer Invitational Champions, the Panthers were flying high. Next up on the schedule for Parkway was a match with a couple of the big schools. The panthers crossed the border for a match with the Jay County patriots and the Celina bulldogs. They would wrestle the bulldogs first and then Jay County. The panther wrestlers started out very well, building up an impressive lead. The middle weight classes are where Parkway is the strongest, both of the other squads were stronger on the front and back sides of the weight classes. The Panthers also have a few spots that are empty, which is just a product of the sport. So you just have to forfeit that weight class. It was almost identical scores on the evening for the panthers. They lost to the bulldogs 47-27 and to the patriots 48-29. Parkway lost both matches, but they also were highly competitive. This was against a school that is three times bigger and a school that is four times bigger. The take away is that these panther grapplers are not to be taken lightly. They come ready to battle and are focussed on the task at hand. Those "wrestling moms".....and "dads" are a different bunch for sure. They let everyone know just how much they are backing the panthers, and that's a good thing. That may not sound like a compliment, but I say it in the highest regards. I am confident that they fully understand what I am saying.
12.8.18 BACK TO BACK LANCER INVITE CHAMPS
It is looking like a very successful season is unfolding for the Parkway wrestling team. Although they are young in some weight classes, you couldn't tell it. After starting the season off with a second place finish at the ever tough Iron Horse invite, they followed that up with a victory over the South Adams stars. Saturday the panthers took the short trip to the Lancer Invitational at Lincolnview. Could they possibly repeat the victory from last years meet? It was going to be a tougher task than last year if the were going to repeat as champions. But that's just what they did, they went out and battled long and hard to bring that championship trophy back to Rockford. With alot of high finishes, the panthers kept piling up the points. It was a tough day for some wrestlers, but that's when we saw their character shine through. They accepted defeat with class and just came back for more, with a renewed drive to excel. Treya Conn placed third at 106, Parker Mihm placed 2nd at 113, Isaac Grog came in 3rd at 120, Abe Meyer garnered a 2nd place at 126, Preston Browning finished with a first place, Brendon Etzcorn also had a 3rd in the 138 class, Ethan Meyer also won a 1st place at 145, coming in 2nd at 152 was Bryce Mihm, Kaine Younker also finishe the day with a second plat at 170. In the largest weight class for the invite, 160 pounds had 12 competitors. Chaz Nuenschwander had several long matches and battled hard. That effort brought him a well deserved third place finish. Parkway closed out the day hoisting the championship trophy, just as they did last year.
12.1.18 PANTHERS TAKE 2ND AT IRON HORSE INVITATIONAL
What a difference a year can make, in the case of the Parkway wrestling team it was good. Even though last season was a successful one, the youngsters have showed alot of growth since then. With a mix of youth and seasoned veterans, the panthers came home with a second place finish in the Iron Horse Invitational at Montpelier. It was a really nice start to the season for the wrestlers. That isn't to bad considering there were eleven teams total. Ethan Meyer lead the way for Parkway in points, finishing first in the 145 pound class. The panthers faced some really tough competition from the outset, with some classes loaded from top to bottom. We saw some really "gutty" performances from several wrestlers and one came out looking like a buccaneer. Parkway had a total of seven wrestlers place at this very tough invitational, that's a good sign as the season unfolds. Parker Mihm battled hard in every match for a third place finish at 106 pounds. Coming in fourth place at 113 was the always tough Treya Conn, who always impresses. Isaac Grogg finished in third place at the 120 pound weight class. At 132 pounds Abraham Meyer was a beast on the day and finished in second place. Bryce Mihm picked up a fourth place finish at 152 while Chaz Nuenschwander came in at the number three spot. Chaz wrestled his heart out all day against some quality competition. Kaine Younker also finished a good day with a second place finish for the panthers. If you haven't been to a wrestling match yet, you need to get out to see one.