Dec 17, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorTwo Lander Valley High School Tigers won "Best of the Best" wrestling titles on Saturday at the Brave Brawls in Afton.
Kyle Carey won his championship at 120 pounds.
Andrew Von Rein finished first in the 138-pound weight class.
The top two wrestlers in each weight class advanced to the finals after two days of duals.
Carey and Von Rein were both 7-0 over the weekend.
"Both Andrew and Kyle are very experienced wrestlers," Lander coach Nick Fulton said. "They are both returning medalists and know what it takes to be successful on the mat. Both have title aspirations for February and are treating each match as a stepping stone to achieve their ultimate goal."
Palmer Schafer piled up a 6-1 record at 106 pounds.
Mark McConnell was 6-1 in the 113-pound weight class.
Kegan Wells had a 6-1 record at heavyweight.
"We looked better in several areas that we focused on throughout the week leading up to Star Valley," Fulton said. "Some of our more experienced kids are wrestling very solid right now. I also see a lot of potential out of the younger athletes."
The Tigers finished the dual mark portion of the tournament with a 2-5 record.
Lander lost to the Class 4-A Evanston by nine points and to Sugar Salem, Idaho, in a one-point setback.
In the overall standings, Logan, Utah, won the team title. Star Valley finished second. Jackson was third.
"We wrestled very well against Jackson on Thursday," Fulton said.
The Tigers pulled out a 40-30 victory over Jackson on Thursday to start the weekend in Teton County.
Jackson won by forfeits at 182 pounds and 195 pounds; Lander didn't fill those weight classes.
Forfeits are worth six points apiece according to Wyoming's high school wrestling rules.
"I had it figured as a pretty close dual due to giving up two weights," Fulton said. "Our kids rose to the occasion in a hostile environment and got a nice dual win."
The Tigers wrestle Thursday night in Worland.
Worland is an early favorite to win the Class 3-A team title this year.
"Worland is very senior-heavy this year, and a very good team," Fulton said. "This is going to be a great test to gauge where we are, and also where we need to be by February."
Lander ends the month Friday and Saturday in a two-day tournament in Worland.
"We have the opportunity to see a lot of competition we don't traditionally wrestle," Fulton said. "This, coupled with semester exams, makes a huge week for our athletes heading into the holidays."
Lander 40, Jackson 30
106 pounds -- Palmer Schafer, Lander, pinned Tristan Beale
113 -- Mark McConnell, Lander, dec. Jake Miller, 9-7
120 -- Kyle Carey, Lander, major dec. Jonas Rammell, 16-2
126 -- Andrew Von Rein, Lander, pinned Leonel Garcia
132 -- Jacob Winchester, Lander, pinned Tim Rammell
138 -- Andrew Von Rein, Lander, pinned Leonel Garcia
145 -- Dillon Weil, Lander, pinned Brayden Castagno
152 -- Alex Galicia, Jackson, dec. Noah Rohbacher, 3-1
160 -- Alex Machupa, Jackson, pinned Sean Davis
170 -- Logan Rodenbough, Jackson, pinned Talon Connell
182 -- Jonathan Tzompa, Jackson, won by forfeit
195 -- Theo Dawson, Jackson, won by forfeit
220 -- John Beck, Jackson, pinned Garrett Coffman
Heavyweight -- Kegan Wells, Lander, dec. Joey Caffaro, 5-1
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