Cougars place four wrestlers at RunnerJan 15, 2017 By Scott Akanewich, Sports Editor
Host Wind River had four athletes on the podium at their home invitational, while Shoshoni had three.
Wind River hosted the annual Don Runner Invitational wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday, placing four wrestlers on the podium.
Finishing highest for the Cougars was John Thoman, who was runner-up in the 145-pound division.
Thoman (12-5) followed a first-round bye with a victory against Greybull/Riverside's Jordan Preciado with a fall at 3:53, then beat Rich County's (Utah) Tyler Perelle with a fall at 3:07, before winning a 7-6 decision over Koy Myers of Thermopolis.
Thoman fell to Lovell's Joseph Mickelson in the championship match by a 3-1 decision.
Other Cougars who placed were Kyle Laird (sixth, 120 pounds), Kaiden Burk (sixth, 195) and Owen McAdams (third, 220).
Wind River finished 12th in the 18-squad field, with 80 points, behind winner Rawlins, which compiled 198.
James Knigge was the top Wrangler, finishing third in the 113-pound class, going 4-1 for the tourney, including an 8-3 decision against Blake Williams of Thermopolis in the third-place match.
Other Shoshoni placers were Kadon DeWitt (fourth, 138) and Brooks Woody (fifth, 285).
The Wranglers finished 15th with 70 points.
Klayton Rose of Dubois was third in the 138-pound division, and Wyatt Gleim was fifth in the 132-pound class, as the Rams had a pair of podium finishers.
Rose was 4-1 for the weekend, including a victory over DeWitt by a 10-1 major decision in the third-place match.
Dubois was 17th, with 46 points.
Caleb Sanchez-Roman won a pair of matches for Wyoming Indian in the 132-pound division, as the Chiefs finished 18th with seven points.