The Washington wrestling team continued its unprecedented dominance on the mat in the area, as well as the state.

The Panthers were ranked nationally all season long, led by nationally ranked college recruits Jacob Warner (Iowa) and Dack Punke (Missouri).

Washington capped the year off with a second-consecutive 2A state title. The school didn’t just win team state, the Panthers crushed the opposition — winning the final two duals 59-18 and 58-12. A week earlier, Washington brought home nine individual state medals — putting four in the finals and winning two titles (Dack Punke and Warner).

In the summer, however, the program took a hit when coach Bryan Medlin, the architect of the Panthers rise to prominence, resigned to become the Director of Operations for the University of Illinois’ wrestling program and the head coach of the Illinois Regional Training Center.

With six state medalists still in the fold for 2017-2018, the Panthers show they’re still elite under long-time assistant Nick Miller by beating highly ranked Class 3A programs Lockport and Oak Park-River Forest in successive weekends in December to close the year No. 1 again in Class 2A.