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Shoshoni's fast start part of a promising wrestling year for the county
Dec 16, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Shoshoni wrestling coach Tony Truempler was almost speechless after his Wranglers won the Zach Parish dual tournament on Saturday.
The Wranglers did their talking on the wrestling mats in their big home tournament of the season.
It was neat to see two Fremont County teams battle each other for bragging rights early in the season.
The crowd was one of the better ones that I have seen in a long time for the dual tournament.
Coach Truempler and RHS coach Jay Galey are two guys who are fired up all the time during the matches, and they are two of the better wrestling coaches in the state in any division.
Shoshoni came into the tournament as one of the favorites to have an outstanding showing in front of the home fans.
Shoshoni is ranked No. 4 in the preseason wrestling rankings, but I look for that to improve during the season.
The Wranglers are back this year in the 2-A wrestling ranks. Shoshoni is loaded with seniors, and Truempler has them in the right weight classes for the first part of the season.
The Wranglers won their home tournament in style.
It's time for Fremont County fans to take notice.
The seniors this year on the roster are Ethan Marple, Tyler Clemetson, J.J. Crichton, Danny Huxtable and Alex Minge.
The last four seniors have been through a lot at Shoshoni High School in the sporting world.
This is their year to shine. They have a chance to have a memorable year on the mats.
Put in some key underclassmen, and the Wranglers have the makings of a very competitive team.
I know it's only the middle of December. The state tournament isn't for a couple for months away, but I can't wait to see what the future has in store for Shoshoni the rest of the season.
The Wranglers need to stay focused and far away from the injury bug.
I also found out Saturday that there are talented wrestlers all over Fremont County. Riverton some in its lineup and will get better and better under the direction of Galey and the rest of the coaching staff.
Dubois has Sterling Baker and Rowan Hawk. I look for both to be in the thick of things all year long for the Rams.
Coach David Trembly's team may be small in numbers, but the Rams are talented and hungry to bring home individual state titles.
Wind River coach James Cunningham has a good group of wrestlers to work with this year out in Pavillion. Cunningham and I graduated in the same year from Riverton High School.
He has a top heavyweight in Charles Oldman. Oldman missed the dual tournament on Saturday, but when he returns he is going to be another state title contender this Lander Valley High School Tigers wrestling team wasn't in attendance in Shoshoni, but coach Nick Fulton has his team right on target.
The Tigers were at Star Valley High School Friday and Saturday for a dual tournament with teams in Class 3-A.
Lander won a big road dual at Jackson on Thursday to start the weekend.
The Tigers are deep in the lower and middle weights and will work on figuring out the rest of the weights as the season goes on.