The Knightstown High School Wrestling team won their first Henry County Title in three years at the Panther Invite Saturday, due in part to having 8 individual champions.
During the first round, the Panthers faced a short-handed Tri High School Titans team. Junior Parker Schock led off the round with his first win of the season with a first period pin at Heavyweight. Seniors Jared Richardson, Nick Walsh, and Justin Lane also pinned their opponents to give the team a commanding lead. Eight other Panthers picked up forfeits to pad the Knightstown score to an eventual 72-12 win.
Next, the Panther wrestling squad took on the Greenfield Central Junior Varsity squad. Senior Kalen Carter started the competition with a dominating 8-0 Major Decision against his opponent. Nick Walsh at 138 also shut out his opponent to a 17-0 Tech Fall. After trading pins from 145 to 170 lbs, the panthers finished off the match with four straight pins from the upperclassmen to take the lead. The Panthers then cruised to a 51 to 30 victory.
In the final round of Henry County competition the Knightstown squad took on the Shenandoah Raiders. During the first six matches, the Panthers swung out to a commanding 36-0 lead behind pins from Senior Jared Richardson and Junior Kenny Hanna. The Raiders then took five of the next eight matches, but victory was secured by efforts by the Orcutt Brothers, Aiden and Liam at 182 and 220 respectively.
In an exhibition match, Sophomore Jamie Tulley took on an evenly matched opponent from ISD. After escaping from an initial takedown, Jamie took control of the match to a first period pin, her first of the season.
After going 3-0 in their Pool and securing the Henry County Title, the Knightstown Wrestling team took on the Indian of Milan High School for the Panther Invite Championship. The match was evenly matched, going 18-18 after the first six weight classes. Jared Richardson and Justin Lane fought for their pins, and Nick Walsh collected a forfeit. After wins from Senior Landon Carmichael, and both of the Orcutts, the Panthers had a 36 to 18 lead. During the next four matches, the Indians fought back to even the score, after taking two pins and two closely fought decisions. In the last match of the day, tied 36-36, the Indians wrestler secured their win, giving the Panther Squad a second place overall finish.
Due to their dominance in the County pool, eight of of a possible 14 Panthers took home individual medals. Freshman Noah Cook took his at 106, as did Kalen Carter (113), Jared Richardson (126), Kenny Hanna (132), Nick Walsh (138), Justin Lane (145), Aiden Orcutt (182), and Liam Orcutt (220).
The Wrestling team is in action next at the Wapahani Raider Rumble, on December 21 at 9 a.m.