Jan 15, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorShoshoni High School and Wind River wrestlers looked good Saturday at the Kemmerer Invitational.
The tournament featured pool wrestling. Most athletes received five matches.
"It was individual wrestling, but done in a dual format," SHS coach Tony Truempler said.
The teams in the tournament were Big Piney, Kemmerer, Lyman, Soda Springs, Idaho, and Bear Lake, Idaho.
The competition was the first one after the long Christmas break.
"It was pretty good for us," Truempler said. "It wasn't as good as it was before Christmas break. We were still pretty tough."
Both teams will now be in the annual Don Runner tournament set for Friday and Saturday in Pavillion.
The early matches start on Friday afternoon.
The championship finals are scheduled for early Saturday.
"I'm ready for the Don Runner," Truempler said. "I have had enough dual tournaments. We are pretty excited."
Trinity Nitchman collected a 4-1 record at 106 pounds.
Matt Dillon was pulled at 113 pounds after an opponent slammed his head on the mat.
Dillon had only one match in the tournament.
Connor Wilkinson went undefeated at 5-0 in the 120-pound division.
Tyler Bosen moved up to 126 pounds and added a 2-3 mark.
"That probably wasn't our best choice," Truempler said.
Daniel Huxtable produced a 5-0 mark at 126 pounds, and Tyler Clemetson was 4-1 at 138 pounds.
J.J. Pingetzer delivered a 2-3 mark in the 152-pound class.
J.J. Crichton was 3-2 at 160 pounds. Alex Minge had a 4-1 mark 170 pounds.
Wind River wrestlers John Thoman and Dalton Perkins both had undefeated records in Kemmerer.
Thoman was 5-0 at 106 pounds, and Perkins came up with a 5-0 mark in the 145-pound weight bracket.
Zak Rose was 3-2 at 138 pounds, and Kris Justice had a 3-2 mark at 160 pounds.
Tia Hampton had a 1-4 record in the lower weights.
"The team that traveled to Kemmerer wrestled well," Wind River coach James Cunningham said.
The highlight for Wind River was when Thoman edged Nitchman in a 106-pound battle.
"As a team, we we were much better on our feet," Cunningham said.
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