Panther wrestlers close the year off with a bang | Rio Blanco Herald Times

REACH | The Rangely Panther Wrestlers closed the year 2021 with a bang.

Over the weekend, the Panthers traveled to West Grand for a pair of duals on Friday and a tournament on Saturday.

The Panthers started a little slow with their first matchup against the West Grand Mustangs and lost the dual 38-36. Rangely won four of the seven head-to-head matches but gave up enough points to miss out on victory.

After their defeat by the Mustangs, the Panthers swept everything away and swung in their second duel against the Basalt Longhorns. Rangely won the duel 60-6, with Basalt’s only points coming from a loss. The Panthers won all seven head-to-head matches by pin.

Friday’s success continued straight into Saturday’s tournament.

Rangely finished 2nd overall in the tournament and only lost to number one in the country, Buena Vista.

Three panthers were crowned champions at their respective weights; Kobey Chism 132 pounds, Zane Varner (152) and Byron Mackay (HWT). Mackay was recognized as a distinguished wrestler in the top weights for making his way through the tournament.

The Panthers also placed a few other wrestlers; Aydan Christian (113) was third, Braxton Moore (145) was fourth and Kasen LeBleu (220) was third.

Landon Carlson (120), Colton Stevens (126), Izaiah Moody (132) and Brent Cantrell (182) all ranked great, but lagged behind.

Unfortunately, senior wrestlers Alex Black and Joseph Adams could not compete at the weekend.

Head coach JC Chumacero was satisfied with the results.

“I’m very proud of all these young men, it was a great way to end the year,” said Chumacero. “You worked really hard in the room and it’s great to see that it’s paying off. I’m curious what the new year will bring. “

After a well-deserved Christmas break, the Panthers will compete in the Tournament of Champions in Vernal, Utah on January 7th and 8th.

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