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Panther wrestlers with comeback win

Joey Blakeley’s pin of Fremont’s Nathan Claxton 13 seconds into the second period of their 195-pound match lifted the visiting Prairie Heights Panthers to a dramatic, 37-35 victory over the Eagles Tuesday night.

Kade Gerbers set up Blakeley’s heroics by earning a 6-4 decision over Fremont opponent Brad Owen in the 182-pound bout. The win by Gerbers cut what had been a 35-28 Fremont lead down to four.

Joining Blakeley with pins for Prairie Heights were Vincent Chilcote (106) and Doug Levitz (145). Riley Rasler (126) won by major decision, while both Lane Waite (138) and Dakota Johnson (285) received forfeits.

The victory was the eighth straight for the Panthers and concluded a 17-12 overall slate and a 7-2 tour of the NECC. Coach Brett Smith’s squad competes this Saturday in the NECC tournament at Fairfield.

MATCH SUMMARY

Prairie Heights 37

Fremont 35

220—Adam Dossett (F) dec. Alex Bentley, 5-3 in OT

285—Dakota Johnson (PH) won by forfeit

106—Vincent Chilcote (PH) pinned Denver Simpson

113—Kyle Lowe (F) pinned Alex Steele, 4:29

126—Riley Rasler (PH) major dec. Braxton Baker, 13-1

132—David Schmucker (F) major dec. Nick Minnick, 19-6

138—Lane Waite (PH) won by forfeit

145—Doug Levitz (PH) pinned Christian Barrow, 4:41

152—Tylor Willms (F) pinned David Rodriguez, 1:18

160—Brock Baker (F) pinned Brady Johnson, 0:49

170—Austin Maggart (F) major dec. Robert Atkison, 13-5

182—Kade Gerbers (PH) dec. Brad Owens, 6-4

195—Joey Blakeley (PH) pinned Nathan Claxton, 2:13