By Allen Hamrick
The Panther wrestling team attended a duals meet at Hoover on Thursday evening and also traveled to Wirt County for the LKC Championships on Saturday. First up was the Hoover Duals, and it would be a tough, uphill fight for a win here for the Panthers. Hoover, Sissonville, Roane and Clay competed in the event, and the Panthers did pretty well despite not having a full team. However, the highlight for the Panthers of the evening was Noah Casto who achieved the 150th win of his career at CCHS. The personal record of 150 wins is just short of the school record held by his brother Colton Casto. That record could be broken before this season is over as he has continued winning, not only his next match but more before the week was over. Casto went on to Wirt County for the LKC championship and earned another championship. Noah Casto has been a feared wrestler every time he steps on the mats, a wrestler who will go down in history as one of the school’s top ten of all time. There is no doubt he will make heads spin at the Regional championships in Lewis County this weekend. Also winning big was Zane Minger who earlier in the season surpassed 100 wins and is well on his way to make a charge for the school record.
The Panthers travelled to Wirt County for the LKC Championship on Saturday. The Panthers are a good team but still have a ways to go before they are in championship form again. Some of the toughest teams in the state are in the LKC, and this year they had some talent to go head to head with. Most of the Panther team put up a good fight and two of them went into the final round. Noah Casto and Zane Minger both won the LKC Championship, and James Sears wrestled and took 4th place. The team placed 7th overall with 14 teams participating. Braxton ran away with the tournament taking first place. The Panthers will be at Lewis County High School for regional competition this Saturday. This will determine who goes to the state championships. The top four finishers in each weight bracket will move on. Congratulations to Noah Casto and Zane Minger for taking first, James Sears for taking fourth, and the rest of the team. Go Panthers!