KEWANEE — The young Putnam County/Hall wrestling co-op is picking up steam. Wrestling in a quadrangular meet Saturday, the Panthers beat two of the three teams they faced.
In the only loss of the day, the varsity crew took on the host and Three Rivers rival Kewanee and made the meet extremely interesting, losing by only one point with a final score of 37-36.
In the 170-pound weight division, Nathan Tonozzi won by pinfall in the first period at :25 seconds into the match. Following Tonozzi at 182 pounds, James Hall also won by a pinfall at 1:29 in the first period. At 220 pounds, Marco Gutierrez also pinned his opponent in the first period at 4:36 into the match.
To round out the scoring, the Panthers won matches by forfeit at 120, 126 and at the heavyweight division.
Hall/PC plowed under the Farmington Farmers 54-12. R.J. Copeland dominated his match at the 145-pound level and pinned his opponent at :57 seconds for the win. Cole Elliot then pinned his opponent at the 160-pound level at 1:26 in his match. Tonozzi pinned his opponent at the 170-pound level at 2:56 in his match. Hall also pinned his opponent at the 182-pound level at 1:38 in his match.
Forfeits were won by PC/Hall at the 120, 126, 132, 138, 152, 220 and 285-pound divisions.
PC/Hall handled the Ashton-Franklin Central Raiders as handily as they did Farmington in their third contest of the day. The Panthers finished off the Raiders by a score of 52-15.
At the 160-pound weight division, Elliot continued his winning ways with a pinfall at 4:24 into the match. At 195 pounds, Evan Kiphart showed his learning curve as a young wrestler is going well with a pinfall win at 1:17 into his match.
The Panthers also earned points with forfeit wins at 126, 132, 170, 182, 220 and 285..
PC/Hall’s next meet will be Thursday at Morrison.