Dec 16, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThe Class 2-A Wranglers defeated Class 4-A Riverton in the championship.
SHOSHONI -- Experience was the key in lifting the Shoshoni Wranglers to the wrestling team title Saturday at the Zach Parish Memorial Duals on their own mats.
The Wranglers defeated the Riverton Wolverines 57-21 in the final match to end the busy day.
Lovell, Wind River, Wyoming Indian, Dubois, Rocky Mountain, Kemmerer, Lyman, Big Piney and the Worland junior varsity team all competed in the one-day tournament.
"It's awesome to win the title," SHS coach Tony Truempler said. "We came into the tournament knowing that we were a pretty good team. The boys blew me away. I'm speechless. It was huge."
Most of the wrestlers had the opportunity to wrestle five times in one day.
The Wranglers and the Wolverines advanced to the title match after being the top two teams from the earlier matches.
The Wolverines were coming off a 45-31 loss to Casper Kelly Walsh on Thursday.
"We knew that it was going to be us and Riverton in the finals," Truempler said. "That was the plan, anyway. It just worked out.
"(The Wranglers) just wrestled amazing. These guys were just explosive."
The Wranglers are carrying five seniors in their lineup this year.
"The seniors have worked hard for me," Truempler said. "Everybody has just come in this year and stepped it up."
The question mark for the Wranglers at the start of the season was at 138 pounds, but J.D. Jaeger has stepped into that weight bracket.
The junior moved over to Shoshoni from Riverton.
"J.D. could only wrestle junior varsity last year," Truempler said.
Another wrestler scoring points for the Wranglers is Matt Dillon at 113 pounds.
"Matt didn't wrestle a lot last year because he was injured," Truempler said.
Dillon opened the season with a third at the Powell tournament. He won his match against Riverton.
"Matt has just been a huge surprise," Truempler said.
"I really think that it was a good day for us," RHS coach Jay Galey said. "Our young kids gained some valuable time. Most all of them got five matches in. We are seeing some things that they just keep on doing better all the time. By the end of the year they will have some things going for them.
"The thing that I have liked about this group all year is their effort."
In Saturday's matches,Tyler Allen (152 pounds), Reece Prosser (170) and Chris Holcomb (182) all went undefeated.
"We just need to keep getting better," Galey said. "Those are the three kids that we have who have the experience."
"Being a small team, we haven't won any of the duals," Wind River coach James Cunningham said, but the Cougars won five out of their six matches in the dual against the Worland junior varsity team.
"As a team that is pretty good," Cunningham said.
Wind River wrestlers John Thoman, Keenen Pfisterer and Dalton Perkins did the most damage for WRHS.
Pfisterer wrestled at 113 pounds. Thoman is in the 106-pound weight bracket. Perkins went at 145 pounds.
"We are looking for them to have really good seasons for us this year," Cunningham said.
Heavyweight Charles Oldman is injured and didn't wrestle Saturday. He is one of the favorites the 2-A state title this season.
Oldman hurt his ribs during the football season.
"Charles will be out until after Christmas," Cunningham said.
Cunningham wants Oldman to return at the annual Don Runner tournament held Jan. 17 at Wind River High School.
"We have a lot of freshmen who are learning the ropes," Dubois coach David Trembly said. "They are just trying to get better that way."
The top two wrestlers for Dubois are Sterling Baker and Rowan Hawk.
"Rowan is doing a better job of working on his takedowns," Trembly said. "We have to work better at coming off the bottom in scoring."
Hawk wrestled 182 pounds on Saturday.
"Rowan will probably be at 170 pounds after Christmas," Trembly said.
Baker is in the 195-pound weight division.
"Sterling is doing a great job for us," Trembly said. "He will bounce between 195 pounds and 220 pounds."
Shoshoni 57, Riverton 21
106 pounds -- Trinity Nitchmen, won by forfeit.
113 -- Matt Dillon, Shoshoni, pinned Joey Ladd, 1:40.
120 -- Tyler Boysen, Shoshoni, pinned Justyn Corbett, 5:29.
126 -- Connor Wilkinson, Shoshoni, dec. Max Menzi, 5-2.
132 -- Danny Huxtable, Shoshoni, pinned Hank Osborne, 1:46.
138 -- Tyler Clemetson, Shoshoni, dec. Austin Locker, 6-2.
145 -- J.D. Jaeger, Shoshoni, pinned Dillon Lynch, 1:53.
152 -- Tyler Allen, Riverton, pinned Zak DuBeau, :43 seconds.
160 -- J.J. Crichton, Shoshoni, dec. Koa Rodriguez, 5-2.
171 -- Reece Prosser, Riverton, pinned J.J. Pingetzer, 1:20.
182 -- Chris Holcomb, Riverton, dec. Alex Minge, 5-3.
195 -- Bridger Mann, Riverton, won by forfeit.
220 -- Patrick Forester, Shoshoni, won by forfeit.
Heavyweight -- Galen LaGois, Shoshoni, pinned David Romero.
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