The FZN wrestling team recently competed in multiple competitions in the state of Illinois. Last Friday, the Panthers split a pair of dual meets in Clinton, IL, the hometown of FZN head coach Josh Cooper. The Panthers defeated Lincoln, IL by a score of 60 - 18, before falling 22 - 49 to Clinton, IL, the 2nd ranked Class 1 program in Illinois. The FZN grapplers competed the following day in the Joe Bee Memorial Tournament held in Springfield, IL. The Panthers finished 5th in the 18 team field. It was the highest finish for the squad which has competed in the Joe Bee each of the last three years. Derick Buda-Smith (145 lbs.) and Cameron Pickering (195 lbs.) claimed individual championships for the Panthers. Other medalists include: Teddy Hickey (3rd - 120 lbs.), Logan Prinster (5th - 132 lbs.), Brady O'Neal (3rd - 138 lb), and Evan Clausner (5th - 152 lbs).
The Panthers currently stand 7 - 2 on the dual meet season. The Panthers have been led by: Teddy Hickey (12 - 1), Cameron Pickering (13 - 3), Ayden Dainels (11 - 3), Derick Buda-Smith (12 - 4), and Brady O'Neal (13 - 5) who are all off to impressive starts this season. Returning 2x state qualifier Jack Ederer is expected to return to the line-up following Christmas.
The Panther wrestlers will return to action on Dec. 27 - 28 at the Desmet "Spartan" Classic.