Creston Panthers

(Creston) -- Nine Creston/Orient-Macksburg Panthers will wrestle at Saturday's Class 2A district meet in Harlan.

This comes after an impressive, dominant and sometimes even surprising performance at the sectional tournament in Winterset this past Saturday.

"We had a few upsets along the way," Panthers coach Darrell Frain told KMA Sports. "The people just fed off each other. We wrestled really well. Probably the best we'd wrestled all year."

The Panthers scored 227 points in winning the sectional championship behind individual titles from Kolby Hulett (126 pounds), Mitchel Swank (145), Beau Barncastle (170) and Blake Sevier (285).

While Hulett, Swank and Sevier didn't seem to surprise Coach Frain, the performance from Barncastle really stood out.

"Beau went down to 170 and won the weight class," Frain said. "He hadn't wrestled since fifth grade, but he showed up at the organizational meeting at the beginning of the year. He asked if he could try wrestling, and now he's on to the district tournament."

Others that will compete in Harlan include sectional runners-up Kaden Bolton (113 pounds), Kelby Luther (132), Cade Vicker (138), Kolby Tomas (160) and Sam Chapman (182).

With the sectional championship in hand, Creston/O-M also advances to a 2A regional dual at PCM, Monroe on Tuesday night. The Panthers will meet No. 9 ranked Williamsburg.

"A really tough team," Frain said of the opponent. "They have a couple really good wrestlers, but are good at all 14 weight classes. We will probably be an underdog in a lot of them, but we're going to take our chances. Hopefully, we can get a couple upsets and have a chance in the end."

Ryan Matheny and Trevor Maeder will have the call in Monroe, as Red Oak and No. 6 ranked PCM also dual in the regional semifinal round. Hear the broadcast on KMA 960 at 6:00.

Following Tuesday night's action, Coach Frain will takes his nine qualifiers to the district tournament in Harlan on Saturday (also on KMA 960).

"It's gonna be a tough go," he said. "If everything works right, and we get four or five (to state) that would be a good day. But I'm hoping we can get a few upsets along the way, and have a chance to get more through."

"That's the goal for all nine of them. Even if they're the biggest underdog. Their goal is to be at the state tournament, and it's my job to help them get there."

Frain was a guest on the 7:50 sportscast Monday morning. Hear the complete interview with the Creston/O-M head man below.