Panorama grapplers in action at Perry Saturday

Panorama 220-pounder Cooper Anderson pins his foe Saturday at the Bluejay Invite in Perry. Photo courtesy Lynnea Andersen.

School history was made Saturday by a Panorama senior as the Panthers competed in the 19-team Bluejay Invitational at Perry.

Senior 160-pounder Wyatt Appleseth, ranked second at 160 pounds in 2A, became the first Panther to reach the 150-win career plateau while finishing 4-0 to win his weight bracket.

Class 2A top-ranked West Delaware won the meet with 295 points, with 1A No. 3 Logan-Magnolia second at 200, 2A No. 5 Sergeant Bluff-Luton third at 168, Dowling Catholic fourth at 163 and 2A No. 4 Webster City fifth at 142.5.

Spencer (118.5), Carroll (110), Spirit Lake Park (107), Van Meter/Earlham (102), and Woodward-Granger (101) finished 6-10, with Carlisle (76), South Hamilton (65), Panorama (63), West Marshall (60), Perry (46), Eagle Grove (25.5), Saydel (22), Collins-Maxwell (21), and Des Moines North/Hoover (11).

Appleseth (26-0) was third at the state tourney last year at 152 pounds. He qualified for state as a sophomore and was 8th at 132 as a freshman.

He scored a technical fall (17-1, 2:38) over Nathan Beyerink of Carroll (8-16) to start his title run Saturday. He pinned Nolan Pagel (6-14) of Carlisle in 1 minute, 31 seconds, then scored an 8-0 major decision over 1A No. 5 Gavin Maguire (32-1) of Logan-Magnolia. He claimed the crown with a 5-1 win over Isaac Bryon (17-4) of SB-L.

Cooper Andersen (21-1) was third for the Panthers at 220. He was 4-1 with four pins, his lone setback in the semifinals to sixth-rated Christian Nunley (18-2) of West Delaware.

Also placing was 138-pounder Cayden Van Meer (11-14), who was 4-2 to finish eighth. He won with a tech fall, decision and pin.

Ryan Fees (14-12) was 2-1 with two pins at 152, and Jared Henderson (14-13) was 1-3 with a pin at 285. Colby Waltz (3-12, 182 pounds), Isaac Monry-Nunez (1-9, 195 pounds), and Keyton Van Gundy (2-5, 220) pounds were all winless in each of their two matches.

Panorama hosts Interstate-35, Southeast Warren and Van Meter/Earlham Thursday before competing, both Friday and Saturday, at the Southwest Valley Invitational in Corning.

Panorama school history was made Saturday at the Bluejay Invite in Perry when senior Wyatt Appleseth — ranked second at 160 pounds — won his 150th career match, the first Panther to do so. Photo courtesy Ann Jennett Appleseth.


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