Wrestlers take second at Ironman Invite


The Washington Panthers traveled to Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, for the annual Ironman Invite, Dec. 11-12.

Junior Jacob Warner, ranked sixth nationally, was the star for the Panthers.

Warner lost in the final match of the 182-pound bracket to Nick Reenan of Wyoming Seminary, the top-ranked wrestler in the nation. Warner lost on a 7-5 decision, earning second place overall.

On his way to the final match of the bracket, War er defeated Nathan Traxler of Aurora Marmion, the No.4-ranked wrestler in the nation, with a 3-2 victory.

“He started a little hesitant, but as the match went on he realized he could wrestle with him,” Washington head coach Bryan Medlin said in an interview with the (Peoria) Journal Star. “He came off the mat knowing what he has to work on and he’ll be better for it.”

Dack Punke finished seventh in the 113-pound weight class. Ethan Reel placed eight in the 145-weight class.

The invite is one of the top-tier wrestling invitationals in the nation.

The Panthers placed 16th overall in the 95-team event.

Going into the invitational, Washington had three wrestlers seeded in the top-10 of their respective weight classes.

Warner was the third seed in the 182-pound class.

Reel was seeded ninth in the 145-pound class. Trey Keely and Dack Punke were each seeded 10th in their classes, 106-pounds and 113-pounds respectively.

The Panthers travel to Yorkville Saturday for an invitational.

On Dec. 23, the Panthers travel to Marmion for a super-dual. It is likely that Warner will match up with Traxler again at the event.

Warner is the defending state champion in the 182-pound class. He entered the ironman invite with a 42-4 record in his career.