BATTLE CREEK – Everything seemed to work in favor of the Hesperia Panthers.
The Panthers won the coin toss, won the first three matches and were able to revenge an earlier season loss to the Carson City-Crystal Eagles (No. 4 seed) to advance to the Division 4 state wrestling semifinals with a 44-21 win on Friday afternoon at Kellogg Arena in Battle Creek.
Hesperia (No. 5 seed) led 13-0 after three matches and extended its lead to 23-6 after six matches.
Carson City-Crystal was able to reel off three consecutive wins by Frank Smith (189 pounds), Austin Hopkins (215) and Brad Osterman (285) to pull within 23-18 with five matches remaining.
Hesperia, though, won the next four matches, three of them by pin to put the match away.
The Eagles finish the season 25-3.
Hesperia improved to 27-3 and will face No. 1 seed and five-time Division 4 defending champion Hudson Saturday at 9:30 a.m.
Check Saturday’s edition of The Daily News for a full story.