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Shoshoni a close second at Don Runner
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Shoshoni a close second at Don Runner

Jan 20, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Two wrestlers in Fremont County uniforms won individual championships at the big wrestling invitational.

PAVILLION -- Shoshoni wrestler Connor Wilkinson and Dubois leader Sterling Baker won individual titles Saturday at the Don Runner Invitational at Wind River High School.

Wilkinson finished in the top spot in the 120-pound weight bracket.

Baker was first in the 195-pound division.

Shoshoni pushed Cokeville for the race for the team standings, ending up second in the team standings with 181.50 points.

"I really enjoy watching a local team get a chance to get into the championships," Wind River coach James Cunningham said. "It's not something that happens often."

Cokeville scored 198 on its way to the team title.

"Cokeville is just good at everything," Cunningham said. "Every one of their kids must compete in sports. They are just an excellent program."

County winners

At 120 pounds, Wilkinson came in as a high seed and lived up to those expectations.

He pinned Justin Wikelman from Big Piney in his first match of the double-elimination tournament. Wilkinson pinned Jeremiah Nicholson from Rawlins in the next round.

In the finals, Wilkinson took down Josey Bassett from Pinedale 8-3 for his medal.

Baker overpowered Bobby Goodnight of Wyoming Indian in less then 20 seconds in his first match on the weekend.

In the semifinals, Baker posted a 13-3 decision over Raustin Grandy from Cokeville.

In the finals, Baker pinned River Schroeder from Burlington in 1:54.

Wind River

John Thoman represented Wind River in the finals and placed second at 106 pounds.

"John wrestled hard this weekend to get himself in the championship," Cunningham said.

In the finals, Rocky Mountain's Brain Crawford won the title on an early pin against Thoman.

"The championship didn't go like we were expecting it to go," Cunningham said. "It got off a little bit quicker than he expected to. He could never catch up when he got behind."

Thoman posted a 2-1 mark in the lower weight division.

Thoman is a freshman for Wind River.

He and teammate Keenan Pfisterer practice in the wrestling room together.

Pfisterer was fourth at 113 pounds at the Don Runner.

"When you have a partner that helps you compete in practice, it just shows up on the mat," Cunningham said. "As a freshman, getting into the finals is always a great thing. I hope that this is just the start for John."

Don Runner

Invitational tournament

Team standings

1. Cokeville 198; 2. Shoshoni, 18150; 3. Rawlins, 157; 4. Lovell, 133.50; 5. Thermopolis,. 128.50; 6. Saratoga, 119.50; 7. Greybull/Riverside, 114; 8. Rocky Mountain, 90; 9. Burns, 88; 10. Rich County, Utah, 87; 11. Pinedale, 73.50; 12. Wright, 64.50; 13. Mountain View, 57; 14. Dubois, 56; 15. Hanna Elk Mountain, 50; 16. Wind River, 44; 17. Kemmerer, 35.50; 18. Riverton junior varsity, 33; 19. Big Piney, 26; 20. Wyoming Indian, 12.

Place winners

106 pounds -- 1. Brian Crawford, Rocky Mountain, 4-0; 2. John Thoman, Wind River, 2-1; 3. Trinity Nitchmen, Shoshoni, 4-1; 4. J.J. Seaman,Hanna, 3-2; 5. Tatye Payne, Cokeville, 3-2; 6. Joe Murnion, Lovell, 3-3.

113 -- 1. Castle Vinchinzo, Thermopolis, 3-0; 2. Colby McCaslin, Rawlins, 3-1; 3. Daynon Mowry, Saratoga, 4-1; 4. Keenan Pfisterer, Wind River, 3-2; 5. Wyatt Hallam, Mountain View, 4-2; 6. Matt Dillon, Shoshoni, 3-3.

120 -- 1. Connor Wilkinson, Shoshoni, 4-0; 2. Trastion Swenson, Pinedale, 3-1; 3. Joey Bassett, Lovell, 4-1; 4. Jayson Bowen, Cokeville, 4-2; 5. Trent Smith, Wright, 3-2; 6. Bradley Bifano, Saratoga, 3-3.

126 -- 1. Ryan Brawshaw, Thermopolis, 4-0; 2. Hunter Mason, Saratoga, 3-1; 3. Danny Huxtable, 4-1; 4. Miguel Delgado, Rawlins, 3-2; 5. Trey Smith, Lovell; 4-2; 6, Kyle Bonner, Mountain View, 3-3.

132 -- 1. James Teichert, Cokeville, 5-0 2. Taylor Chapin, Kemmerer, 3-1; 3. Justis Reynolds, Rawlins, 5-1; 4. Jacob Mikkelson, Lovell, 4-2; 5. Tyler Clemetson, Shoshoni, 3-2.

138 -- 1. Tyler Lindquist, Rocky Mountain, 5-0; 2. Thatcher Spiering, Saratoga, 4-1; 3. Jase Hyde, Pinedale, 5-1; 4. Kyle Bartlett, Saratoga, 3-2; 5. Max Batista, Riverton JV, 5-2; 6. Austin Argyle, Rich County, Utah, 3-3.

145 -- 1. Macen Petersen, Cokeville, 4-0; 2. Zack Larson, Thermopolis, 2-1; 3. Cole Hill, Greybull/Riverside, 3-1; 4. Jackson Linford, Cokeville, 2-2; 5. Tate Stinson, Cokeville, 4-2; 6. Tanner Commerer, Big Piney, 3-3.

152 -- 1. Ellis Toomer, Cokeville, 3-0; 2. Alex Ferguson, Wright, 2-1; 3. Hyrum Hopkin, Lovell, 3-1; 4. Jesus Burgos, Greybull/Riverside, 3-2; 5. Dylan Kelly, Burns, 4-2; 6. Chris Lewis, Kemmerer, 2-3.

150 -- 1. Brock Teichert, Cokeville, 4-0; 2. Kodiak French, Wright, 4-1; 3. J.J. Crichton, Shoshoni, 4-1; 4. Taylor Tucker, Mountain View, 3-2; 5. Jakob Smith, Rawlins, 5-2; 6. Dalton Allen, Mountain View, 3-3.

170 -- 1. RJ Seamon, Hanna, 4-0; 2. Alex Minge, Shoshoni, 3-1; 3. Jon Burros, Thermopolis, 5-1; 4. Rowan Hawk, Dubois, 3-2; 5. Marcelino Espinoza, Rawlins, 4-2; 6. Sage Weston, Rich County, Utah, 2-3.

182 -- 1. Jace Petersen, Cokeville, 3-0; 2. Zeke Collins, Lovell, 2-1; 3. Cory McFarland, Thermopolis, 3-1; 4. Tristan Goodwine, Rawlins, 4-2; 5. Ryley Smith, Rich County, Utah, 3-2; 6. Kodey Lamont, Burns, 2-3.

195 -- 1. Sterling Baker, Dubois, 3-0; 2. River Schroeder, Burns, 3-1; 3. Raustin Grandy, Cokeville, 3-1; 4. Brett Butler, Pinedale, 3-2; 5. Zane Edeler, Greybull/Riverside, 2-2; 6. Eli Childers, Burns, 1-3.

220 -- 1. Spencer Redland, Greybull/Riverside, 4-0; 2. Patrick Forster, Shoshoni, 2-1; 3. Nash Jolley, Lovell, 3-1; 4. Nolan Schindler, Burns, 3-2; 5. Mason Huffaker, Rich County, Utah, 4-2; 6. Garrett Vezain, Rocky Mountain, 2-3.

Heavyweight -- 1. Woodrow Davidson, Rawlins, 4-0; 2. Hawkan Cornia, Rich County, Utah, 3-1; 3. Jacob Wells, Saratoga, 4-1; 4. Tanner Bernsetin, Greybull/Riverside, 3-2; 5. Galen LaGois, Shoshoni, 4-2; 6. Jose Gonzales, Wyoming Indian, 3-3.

Finals

106 pounds -- Brian Crawford, Rocky Mountain, pinned John Thoman, Wind River, 1:12.

113 -- Vinchinzo Castle, Thermopolis, major dec. Colby McCaslin, 11-2.

120 -- Connor Wilkinson, Shoshoni, dec. Traision Swenson, Pinedale, 8-3.

126 -- Ryan Bradshaw, Thermopolis, major dec. Hunter Mason, Saratoga, 14-0.

132 -- James Teichert, Cokeville, major dec. Taylor Chapin, Kemmerer, 9-1.

138 -- Tyler Lindquist, Rocky Mountain, dec. Thatcher Speiring, Saratoga, 6-2.

145 -- Macen Petersen, Cokeville, dec. Zack Larson, Thermopolis, 3-0.

152 -- Ellis Toomer, Cokeville, dec. Alex Ferguson, Wright, 4-2.

160 -- Brock Teichert, Cokeville, pinned Kodiak French, Wright, 5:51.

170 -- RJ Seaman, Hanna, dec. Alex Minge, Shoshoni, 4-0.

182 -- Jace Petersen, Cokeville, dec. Zeke Collins, Lovell, 5-1.

195 -- Sterling Baker, Dubois, pinned River Schroeder, Burlington, 1:54.

220 -- Spencer Redland, Greybull/Riverside, pinned Patrick Forster, 3:25.

Heavyweight -- Woodrow Davison, Rawlins, pinned Hawkan Cornia, Rich County, Utah, 1:07.

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