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Pinning Down Success: Young Palmyra Wrestling Program Prepares to Send Eight Wrestlers to State Tournament

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We're just two days away from the Missouri State Wrestling Tournament and a whopping eight wrestlers from the Flower City will be representing Palmyra High school.

The Panthers are competing to out do last year's squad that had four qualifiers including Ross Arch who won a state title at 145 pounds last year and will be vying for a championship at 152 this time around.

Although at its core wrestling is an individual sport, the success of the program so often still lies in the team being one cohesive unit.

Head Coach Josh Buatte said, "It is an individual sport, but they also support each other.

They work together. You can't do it without a team, you can't do it without partners.

So they support each other and I think that's the big thing they support each other and they push each other in tournament, in matches, in practice everyday."

Hard as it to believe the Panther program is still in its infancy in just its fourth year, but have brought at least one wrestler to state each season including the record number eight this season.

The love and fan fare for the sport both inside and outside the wrestling room has played a major role in Palmyra coming so far this quickly.

126 pound sophomore Brayden Stevens said, "Mainly it's because of the community.

The community supports this wrestling program and just the support from not only parents, but other wrestlers through our youth league and everything else so we have more people coming up."

David Sugarman

David Sugarman is the Weekend Sports Anchor & Reporter at WGEM News.

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