PLYMOUTH — What should have been an enjoyable Senior Night for the Plymouth wrestlers quickly turned sour as the Northwood Panthers jumped out to an early lead.
The Rockies rebounded to make things interesting, but couldn’t quite cinch the pinfall they needed at the end, and the Panthers escaped Plymouth with a narrow 36-34 Northern Lakes Conference win Thursday.
Knowing they were giving up a forfeit at 112 lbs, the Rockies needed a pinfall just to draw even in the final match of the meet. Sophomore John Mills clearly dominated his opponent and won a major decision, 12-1, at 103 pounds, but that only gave his team four points, not the six points Plymouth needed for the tie.
“We can’t give up pins, “ said Plymouth head wrestling coach Bob Read of the team result. “If we don’t give up pins, we win the battle.”