PALMYRA, Mo. -- Ross Arch is setting the standard for future Palmyra wrestlers awfully high.
Not only did the reigning Class 1 state champion at 145 pounds become the program's first titleist last season, but with a first-period pin against Brookfield during Thursday night's Clarence Cannon Conference quadrangular, Arch became the Panthers' first wrestler to reach the 100-victory plateau.
"It's always an accomplishment for any kid to do," Palmyra coach Josh Buatte said. "That's a good midpoint for the season, good way for him to now set his sights on another state championship hopefully. It's a good accomplishment and it makes him feel good."
Arch is typically stoic after matches, but even he got caught up in the moment.
"He is one of those wrestlers that doesn't show a lot of emotion, but he cracked a little smile," Buatte said. "It kind of picks up the rest of the wrestlers, too. They look to him and it kind of picks them up and pumps them up. They have something to look forward to now, too. They know it's possible and want to get there, too."
Palmyra used the momentum from Arch's accomplishment to go 2-1 on the evening, defeating Brookfield 61-18 and Macon 57-15 but falling to Centralia 51-27.
Raiders split duals
The Quincy Notre Dame wrestling team went 1-1 in a triangular, defeating Carlinville 55-33 but falling to Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin 48-33.SClBAgainst Carlinville, the Raiders' Nathan Pabisiak won at 132 pounds with a pin in 1:58, while Sam Schlegl record a pin in 4:30 at 160. Michael Stupavsky won a 16-0 technical fall at 138, Catherine Steinkamp won 3-0 at 120 and Hunter Bolton took a 5-0 decision at 126. QND also had five victories by forfeit.
Schlegl also won against Sacred Heart-Griffin with a pin in 4:57, while Curtis Steinkamp won at 106 with a pin in 3:26, Bolton won with a pin in 5:10 and Stupavsky had a pin in 1:13. Catherine Steinkamp had a 5-2 decision.
Pirates foiled by Hornets
The Hannibal wrestling team lost 44-35 to Fulton in a North Central Missouri Conference dual. Kanye Washington at heavyweight, Jameson White at 195 and Kameron Foust at 170 all won by pinfall. Shawn Smashey at 106, Gavin Morawitz at 152 and Trevor Wilson at 160 picked up wins by forfeit.