The Pawhuska Huskies wrestling team scored a 46-21 homecoming victory Jan. 22 against the visiting Barnsdall Panthers. PHS featured a “white-out” event for homecoming, with fans wearing white T-shirts.
The Huskies got off to a fast start, leading 34-5 before the Panthers began to catch up. Landon McCartney was the only one of Pawhuska’s first several wrestlers to drop a decision. Team leaders Ryan Parks and Price Perrier dominanted their opponents. Lane Cosby and Wyatt Dagenais also contributed important wins.
Barnsdall then won matches at 145 pounds, 160 pounds and 170 pounds to narrow the score to 34-18.
Hunter Reed won his match at 182 pounds to stem the Barnsdall rally and increase the PHS lead to 37-18. Bryce Drummond collected a forfeit win at 195 pounds to make it 43-18 and Tristian McCartney won at 220 pounds to make it 46-18.
The only remaining match of the evening was a hard-fought heavyweight bout that Pawhuska’s Dylan Doyal lost in a 3-2 squeaker.
The homecoming win raised Pawhuska’s record in duals to 5-2.
Two nights later, Coach Austin Legg’s Huskies lost a hard-fought home dual to Vinita by a score of 48-30. As of Tuesday afternoon, Vinita is ranked No. 5 in Class 3A.
Lane Cosby, at 106 pounds, got the Huskies off on the right foot, winning his match and giving Pawhuska a 6-0 lead. Two losses, at 113 pounds and 120 pounds, put Vinita ahead at 12-6, and then Pawhuska’s Ryan Parks won a 7-1 decision to cut the deficit to 12-9.
The Huskies then lost two more matches in a row to go down by a count of 24-9 before senior Price Perrier defeated his opponent and cut the score to 24-15 for Vinita.
R.J. McCann dropped his match at 152 pounds and Vinita went up 30-15, but Jesse Carr won a tough match at 160 pounds by a score of 11-10 to cut the lead again, to 30-18, and give Pawhuska a much-needed burst of energy.
Lesharo Wildcat turned the tables on his opponent at 170 pounds, pulling off an unexpected reversal and pinning him. That cut the score to 30-24 for Vinita and the home crowd began to cheer vigorously.
Unfortunately for the Huskies, they dropped a match at 182 pounds and the score was 36-24. Bryce Drummond stepped into the gap and pulled them closer again, winning his match at 195 pounds by pinning his opponent. It was 36-30. But PHS lost at 220 pounds and in the heavyweight bout, and the dual slipped away, 48-30.
Pawhuska, ranked No. 19 in 3A, was slated to wrestle again Tuesday night at No. 15 Tonkawa.