Panthers win one of two at WBND duals

After losing in his match against WBND, Bailey Freshcoln bounced back by pinning Syed Mohammed Bilal of Cardinal in the second period. Pekin lost their first dual but convincingly beat Cardinal 45-15.

The Pekin Panthers were able to win one of their two duals when they traveled down to West Burlington/Notre Dame on December 6. After coming out a little sluggish against the host Nikes, the Panthers responded by convincingly beating Cardinal to go .500 on the night.

WBND 57, Pekin 24

Zach Hammes, Cael Baker and Mason Juhl provided some highlights for their team against the Nikes in the first dual of the night. After seeing some of their teammates took some early losses, things started to slowly turn around when Hammes (138 lbs.) picked up six points by pinning his man late in the second period. He picked up an early six points in his match by dominating his opponent and finished him off late in the second.

Pekin 45, Cardinal 15

Multiple Panthers finished out their night on a high note that had lost to the Nikes. Frescoln got his team going by taking down his opponent midway through the second period. He took control early on by winning the first eight points of the match and ending it in the second. Jones was given a win due to a forfeit by Cardinal, which gave Pekin a 12-6 lead. Hammes tacked on another quick win before Cardinal picked up another six of their own.

Crochet also picked up a win by going up seven points early in the first period and finally pinning his opponent midway through the second. Cole Earnest took the spot of Conger in the 160-pound spot and was awarded a win due to a forfeit by Cardinal. Bainbridge kept the momentum going by pinning his opponent just over 20 seconds into the period.

The Panthers had one day to prepare themselves for a long journey over to western Iowa to compete in the Oakland Riverside Invitational on December 8 to face teams from Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa.  

To see the full story, along with coaches comments, check out the Dec. 12 edition of the News-Review.