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Panthers warm up for conference meet

Posted: Sunday, January 23, 2005

 

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  Skyview's Michaela Hutchison controls Kodiak's Jimmy Eggemeyer Saturday afternoon at Skyview High School. Photo by M. Scott Moon

Skyview's Luke Morse wrestles Kodiak's Lucas Fried Saturday at Skyview High School.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

In what was supposed to be an eight-team dual wrestling meet at Skyview, only four teams showed up, but the Panthers still got in some valued work heading into next week's Northern Lights Conference Tournament.

Skyview had really strong showings from several wrestlers in the short-handed meet, according to Skyview coach Neldon Gardner.

"I'm always excited about wrestling, four teams chose not to come, but I'm still really proud of the team," said Gardner.

Gardner also said that Kodiak really stepped up to challenge Skyview on Saturday, losing a 39-24 dual meet. Skyview wrestlers Eric Rogers and Josh Carlon each stepped up as well, though.

Rogers scored a 11-9 win in overtime at the 160-pound weight class for Skyview, as the Panthers took a commanding 36-24 lead. Carlon sealed the team victory with a tight 3-1 win in the final match.

"Rogers really stepped up while Carlon is probably my most-improved wrestler," said Gardner.

 

Skyview's Michaela Hutchison controls Kodiak's Jimmy Eggemeyer Saturday afternoon at Skyview High School.

Photo by M. Scott Moon

Kodiak led Skyview midway through the dual, but Mike Wilson of Skyview fought off a constant attack to win in a tight match, 2-1, as Skyview took the lead 27-24.

Skyview picked up more momentum as they won by forfeit at 152 for a 33-24 difference, which set up Rogers and Carlon to seal the win.

Skyview's Michaela Hutchison wrestled a tough match of her own, needing overtime to win. Hutchison had a 5-2 lead late in the third period, but the Kodiak wrestler scored a reversal. Hutchison got an escape, but the Kodiak wrestler came right back with a takedown to tie the match at 6 and force overtime.

The takedown occurred right on the edge of the mat as some questioned whether the wrestlers were out-of-bounds, but Hutchison didn't mind as she went on to escape from the down position for a 7-6 win.

Coach Gardner said that the meet was basically a warm-up for his team leading into the conference meet next weekend.



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