WHS wrestlers place second at Carbondale

Pictured at right is WHS wrestler Kerstan Panzau following a match from earlier this season. (submitted photo)

The Waterloo High School wrestling team continued its impressive season with a strong showing at the Carbondale Tournament over the weekend.

The Bulldogs finished second out of 18 teams in the tourney, just 13.5 points behind first place Marion.

“We took 13 wrestlers… we didn’t have a 285-pound heavyweight because of injury,” head coach Pat Stewart said. “One more wrestler would have probably won the tournament.”

In fact, two WHS wrestlers claimed first place in their respective weight classes at Carbondale: Zach Shaw (106 pounds) and last year’s state tourney participant, Pat Bieber (182 pounds).

“We were in fourth place after rounds one and two then moved into second place in rounds three and four,” Stewart said. “We just needed probably two more wins and we would’ve won the championship.”

Paul Stewart (138 pounds) placed second in his weight class.

Cody Cissell (120 pounds) placed fourth, while his twin brother Cory Cissell (113 pounds) placed fifth.

Kerstan Panzau (170 pounds) also placed fifth.

Austin Stewart (145 pounds) placed sixth, while Joe Snover (195 pounds) placed seventh.

Max Jennings (152 pounds) and Mack Mundy (132 pounds) placed eighth.

“Ten out of 13 wrestlers ended up in the top eight out of 18 teams,” the head coach said. “Great day for the Bulldogs.”

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