The Panther wrestling team went 2-3 on the day at a competitive Frankton Duals on Saturday.
In the first round the Panthers faced the Frankton Eagles. The Orcutt Brothers, Aiden (12) and Liam (11), led off with a pin each. Also picking up pins were Freshman Noah Cook and Senior Landon Carmichael. Senior Justin Lane wrestled a very close match but lost 8-6. The final score ended up 55-24 in favor of Frankton.
Next, the Knightstown Wrestlers faced Indianapolis Lutheran High. Liam Orcutt (195) continued his dominance with a 13-7 decision. Picking up 6 team points by pin were Junior DeAndre Rose, Junior Kenny Hanna, and Justin Lane at 145. Kalen Carter (12), Caiden Smith (10) and Jared Richardson (12) all padded the lead by receiving forfeits. However, Lutheran took the last four matches to tie the score at 39-39. Due to criteria of having fewer forfeits, the Panther squad was awarded an extra point and the hard fought win, 40-39.
In round three, the Panthers met with Madison Grant HIgh School. DeAndre Rose (220) led off with a first period fall, as did Kalen Carter (113), and Aiden Orcutt. Justin Lane continued his strong showing with a dominating 12-1 major decision, and Noah Cook (106) was awarded a forfeit. Due to critical forfeits given up by the Knightstown squad, the Argylls of Madison Grant were able to post a 45-34 win.
Round four the Knightstown team faced Indianapolis Scecina High School. The Crusaders picked up wins in the first six matches to a 36-0 lead. After Justin Lane’s 13-4 major decision, the Panthers begun to come back. Landon Carmichael (170) and Aiden Orcutt (182) recieved forfeits, and Liam Orcutt and DeAndre Rose were awarded pins to finish the match up. However, the late surge was not enough as the grapplers fell to Scecina 48-28.
In the final round the Panther squad faced the Batesville Bulldogs. The first four matches went the Panthers way, due to pins from Kalen Carter, and Caiden Smith (120), as well as forfeits for Noah Cook and Jared Richardson (126). Batesville took the next five matches to swing ahead 30-24. However, the Orcutt brothers, and DeAndre Rose all pinned to get the score back to Knightstown’s favor to the final of 42-30.
Leading the team on the day was Liam Orcutt, going 5-0 for the tournament. Also having strong showings were Aiden Orcutt and Deandre Rose, both posting 4-1 records for the day. The Varsity Wrestling Team is in action next at the Union City duals on 1/7/20 at 6 pm.