By Perry Bell Sports Editor
The Journal Express
---- — A look ahead for the Knoxville Panther varsity wrestling team looks bright according to head coach Ron Peterson.
Top records during this past year include Kieran Robuck senior at 138 pounds with a mark of 37-8. He was conference, sectional and district champion, He was a state qualifier and posted over 100 career wins.
Another Knoxville senior who will be tough to replace next year will be Tyler Chatterton at 160 pounds. He was 30-7 for the year. Tyler was conference champion and had 100 career wins.
Returning to the Panther lineup next winer are the following: Nolan Crossett (145) was 33-8 this year. Crossett is a junior, who was a Little Hawkeye Conference Champion for Knoxville.
Skylar Cunningham at 120 is another junior with a strong record of 30-16 overall. He was a district qualifier for the Panthers.
Colin McNeill at 132 pounds is a sophomore who came on strong for the team at the end of the year. Colin was 8-6 in varsity matches and was a district qualifier.
Jac Agan at 182 was 30-20 overall and he too was a district qualifier as a junior.
Travis Poffenbarger competed at 195 pounds where he was 24-17 and a district qualifier for Knoxville as a sophomore.
At 220 pounds is Brock Caviness. He was 18-27 for the season. During his sophomore campaign he was a district and state qualifier.
Kevin Woodhouse, a junior at 152 pounds, was 15-19 for the year, Jared McClung at 170 was 19-27 as a junior and freshman heavyweight Connor Crozier was 9-18.
Other KHS wrestlers and their records include Tyeson Van Wyngarden 3-10 as a freshman. Sophomores Ben Wooldridge 6-16 at 106, Logan Dursky 3-12 at 126 and Trevor Myers 1-15 at 126.
Gustavo Escorcia was 2-5 for the Panthers at 152 while Cameron Brown, a freshman was 1-0 on the varsity.
All return to the mat with some solid experience for the 2014-15 season as the Panthers move to the South Central Conference.
“Our dual record was 7-12. It is a little deceiving considering who we wrestled. We lost to Southeast Polk which finished second in 3A, Dallas Center which was 9th in 3A, Indianola which settled for 11th in 3A.
“We also lost to Albia which finished second in 2A, and Eddyville which won 1A,” stated Panther Coach Ron Peterson.
In closing Peterson said, “The new conference is not going to be easy. As I mentioned, Albia was the state runner-up in 2A and Eddyville won the 1A crown. But we have some guys who are ready to take the challenge and I expect Knoxville to be there when it counts next year.”