Bill Clinton was in his first term as president. Nebraska had just defeated Miami for their second straight National Championship. Boyz II Men had been sitting atop the Billboard Hot 100 charts for 18 of 20 weeks with two massive hits. Michael Jordan was just about to return to the hardwood from the baseball diamond. And the Newbury Park wrestling team won their last league title. The year was 1995.
Fast forward 23 years. Monday night the wrestling team was competing with rival Thousand Oaks for another league title, and their first since 1995. It was a back and forth match all night, but the Lancers appeared to be pulling away late. Trailing 33-18 going into the last wrestles of the night, the Panthers needed huge performances from Troy Philbrook and Urias Molina-Merlo. Each wrestler delivered in a big way, with a pin. With those two pins and Thousand Oaks not having a wrestler at the 182-pound weight class, the massive comeback was complete and the score quickly jumped to 36-33 in favor of Newbury Park, securing the title for the Panthers.
The Panthers JV squad also secured a championship on Monday with a 39-33 victory over T.O. Congratulations to the wrestling program on a spectacular league season!
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