The Friday night mats brought Three Rivers Conference wrestling to Princeton’s Prouty Gym, where the Tigers hosted Hall/Putnam County and Fulton.
Fulton made off with a pair of 42-39 wins over both TRAC foes.
The Panthers claimed a 48-33 win over the Tigers, building a 36-6 lead after seven matches.
Cole Elliot, Nathan Tonozzi, Matt Briddick, Tyler Tabor and Marco Gutierrez all earned pinfalls in their matches for the Panthers. One of the most exciting matchups of the night came at 120 pounds where Hall/PC’s Dominic Elliot took on the Tigers’ Tyler Webster.
Webster led 4-2 after the first period and 12-8 after the second. Elliot mounted a tremendous comeback combining moves and quickness to take the lead at 14-13 in the third period before pinning Webster with :53.5 seconds left in the match.
“I think everyone wrestled really well tonight. The kids came in ready to go,” Hall assistant coach Joe Rue said. “Princeton is a big rival for us. With Fulton we fell short last year and we thought we could make up for last year, but the kids tried hard and didn’t quite make it.”
Princeton strung three straight wins together from Austin Flores (126), Drew Carpenter (132) and Doran Piper (138). Luke Hoffman won by fall at 170 and Tyler Wood and Luke Marselle received forfeit wins.
In its first meet, PC/Hall came very close to taking the meet. Earning points for squad was Ben Garland (152), Cole Elliot, Tonozzi, Dominic Elliot (120) and Flores with pinfalls in their matches. Tabor also won 9-4 at 145 and Briddick earned a forfeit at 220.
Princeton also battled Fulton close, receiving pinfalls by Wood (106), Wetsel (1:34 at 126), Hoffman (2:53 at 170) and Casey Pierre (0:52 at 182). Webster posted an 8-0 decision at 120 and Marselle (113) and Vlad Stephanov (220) won by forfeits.
“We saw some good things but made way too many mistakes to win either dual. Just some little things that we need to continue to work on before regionals,” PHS coach Steve Amy said.
• At Ottawa: The Hall/PC co-op next competed in Saturday’s Ottawa Invitational. The Panthers placed two in the top three at 182 pounds with senior co-captain Tonozzi taking second-place and James Hall third.
Also medaling for the Panthers were Mario Flores, who was the runner-up at 126 pounds; newcomer R.J. Copeland, third at 145; Cole Elliott, fourth at 160; Matt Briddick, fifth at 195; and Marco Gutierrez, fifth at 220.
“It was a great day of wrestling versus some great competition. Definitely a day to be proud of,” Hall/PC head coach Jerry Kriewald said.
• At Riverdale: Five St. Bede Bruins medaled at the Riverdale Invite on Saturday, including 132-pound champ James Peacock. Also medaling were John Barnes, second at 285, Andre Hurr, third at 152, Sam Bennett, fifth at 182, and Spencer Barnes, sixth.
The St. Bede JV wrestled at Morrison where Carter Funfsinn took first place, Garrett Barto fourth and Jordan Elnicki fifth.
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