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Cabot’s Cam Pitchford wrestles during the Maumelle Hornet Swarm tournament two weeks ago. He finished second in the 106-pound weight class. (Photo by Chad Matchett)Buy Photo
Cabot’s Cam Pitchford wrestles during the Maumelle Hornet Swarm tournament two weeks ago. He finished second in the 106-pound weight class. (Photo by Chad Matchett)

The Cabot Panthers wrestling team has been busy the past two weekend, wrestling in tournaments at Maumelle and Conway.

In the Maumelle Hornet Swarm tournament, the Panthers finished in a stacked field of 28 teams and 283 wrestlers.

Northwest wrestling powers like Bentonville and Springdale made the trip to face Central Arkansas powers like Little Rock Catholic, Little Rock Central and Cabot.

The Panthers had one first place winner and two finish as runner-up in the individual tournament.

Erik Cooley won first place in the 138-pound weight class, defeating Springdale Har-Ber. Cam Pitchford finished runner-up in the 106 division, while Austin Dye was runner-up at 113.

“We got started a little later than anyone wanted, but our kids have been practicing hard,” said coach Jason Rogers. “We practiced every day over Christmas Break and their hard work is paying off.”

This past Saturday, Cabot wrestled in a team dual tournament in Conway.

Despite having a young team with wrestlers competing up in weight class at times, Cabot won their first four matches, beating North Little Rock, Mountain Home, Benton and Conway.

In the finals, the Panthers had to leave two weight classes open. That cost Cabot 12 points against Bryant, as the Hornets took a 33-30 win.

“Every week the team is getting better and that’s what you want as a coach,” said Rogers.

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