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Tigers fifth in big home wrestling tournament

Jan 27, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Lander had two finalists in the 20-team field.

Three Lander Tigers went deep into the wrestling bracket Friday and Saturday at the Lander Invitational.

Palmer Schafer finished second at 106 pounds for the Tigers.

Teammate Andrew Von Rein placed in the runner-up position at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse in the 138-pound class.

Heavyweight Kegan Wells was fourth in his division.

In the 20-team field, the Tigers were fifth after scoring 106 points.

Powell showed its strength in all areas of its lineup to win going away at 295.5 points.

"We have some things going for us, and we do have some promise for us in the future," Lander coach Nick Fulton said. "We just need to finish matches. Over the course of a couple of days, we had several matches that we kind of let slip by.

"There are a lot of good wrestlers in this tournament. We are in the mix with a lot of the weights with those good kids."

Douglas was second with 201.5 points.

Worland placed third (193.5 points) and Cody came in fourth (143).

The Tigers wrestle top-ranked Powell in a dual Thursday night in Powell.

Lander hosts Cody on Friday night for its second straight Class 3-A West match.

Lander placers

Schafer registered three wins in a row to advance to the championship finals.

In the semifinal round, Schafer posted a 14-4 victory over Jordan McClintick from Glenrock.

"Palmer had a good weekend for us," Fulton said.

With a title on the line, Powell's Noah Wozney took a 14-4 victory over Schafer for the championship.

"Palmer lost a close one in the finals," Fulton said. "We are going to let it that one burn for a couple of days. We are going to see Powell in four days and see if we can flip that one our way."

In the 138-pound final, Von Rein earned a showdown with Worland's Justin Lewton.

Lewton took a 11-1 win over Von Rein.

"The 138-pound weight bracket was deep," Fulton said. "There were five or six really quality kids there. I was happy with how Andrew wrestled."

Lewton is gunning for his fourth straight Class 3-A wrestling state title next month in Casper.

"Justin just smothers you," Fulton said. "He is a good wrestler. We will see how the weights shake out as the season goes along."

Wells had a busy two days in the heavyweight division. He lost to Powell's Rowdy Gard on a pin in a quarterfinal.

Wells claimed two more wins before losing to Gard again on a pin in the third-place match.

"Kegan did a lot of things right this weekend," Fulton said. "He wrestled with more confidence. He stayed in a lot better position.

Lander's Kyle Carey was fifth at 120 pounds.

Mark McConnell came in sixth at 113.

Lander results from

Lander Invitational

106 - Abe Lowham (1-4) place is unknown.

Champ. Round 1 - Abe Lowham (Lander) 1-4 received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 - Marco Montes (Rock Springs) 13-3 won by tech fall over Abe Lowham (Lander) 1-4 (TF-1.5 4:20 (18-3))

Cons. Round 2 - Abe Lowham (Lander) 1-4 received a bye () (Bye)

Cons. Round 3 - Abe Lowham (Lander) 1-4 received a bye () (Bye)

Cons. Round 4 - Abe Lowham (Lander) 1-4 won by decision over Trey Rodriguez (Torrington) 21-8 (Dec 4-3)

Cons. Round 5 - Dane Waldron (Star Valley) 20-16 won by decision over Abe Lowham (Lander) 1-4 (Dec 7-4)

106 - Palmer Schafer (36-6) placed 2nd and scored 23.00 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Palmer Schafer (Lander) 36-6 received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 - Palmer Schafer (Lander) 36-6 won by decision over Brenden Baucum (Rock Springs) 15-4 (Dec 8-2)

Quarterfinal - Palmer Schafer (Lander) 36-6 won by fall over Dane Waldron (Star Valley) 20-16 (Fall 2:54)

Semifinal - Palmer Schafer (Lander) 36-6 won by major decision over Jordan McClintick (Glenrock) 17-9 (MD 14-4)

1st Place Match - Noah Wozney (Powell) 24-9 won by decision over Palmer Schafer (Lander) 36-6 (Dec 16-13)

113 - Mark McConnell (23-10) placed 6th and scored 14.00 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Mark McConnell (Lander) 23-10 received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 - Mark McConnell (Lander) 23-10 won by fall over Wyatt Hallam (Mountain View) 1-2 (Fall 3:44)

Quarterfinal - Payton Connolly (Douglas) 13-6 won by decision over Mark McConnell (Lander) 23-10 (Dec 8-3)

Cons. Round 4 - Mark McConnell (Lander) 23-10 won by fall over Marcus Cantu (Pinedale) 9-17 (Fall 1:39)

Cons. Round 5 - Mark McConnell (Lander) 23-10 won by major decision over Zach Sanchez (Rock Springs) 21-17 (MD 11-2)

Cons. Semi - Trevor Bennett (Douglas) 25-11 won by decision over Mark McConnell (Lander) 23-10 (Dec 8-7)

5th Place Match - Nathan Gifford (Cody) 15-11 won by decision over Mark McConnell (Lander) 23-10 (Dec 5-2)

120 - Kyle Carey (27-11) placed 5th and scored 11.00 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Kyle Carey (Lander) 27-11 received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 - Kyle Carey (Lander) 27-11 received a bye () (Bye)

Quarterfinal - Corbin Adams (Cody) 21-11 won by decision over Kyle Carey (Lander) 27-11 (Dec 9-8)

Cons. Round 4 - Kyle Carey (Lander) 27-11 received a bye () (Bye)

Cons. Round 5 - Kyle Carey (Lander) 27-11 won by fall over Jonas Rammell (Jackson) 10-21 (Fall 4:15)

Cons. Semi - Chad Collard (Rock Springs) 32-9 won by decision over Kyle Carey (Lander) 27-11 (Dec 8-4)

5th Place Match - Kyle Carey (Lander) 27-11 won by fall over Jarrett Daugherty (Star Valley) 23-16 (Fall 2:42)

126 - Ben McKinney (16-10) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Ben McKinney (Lander) 16-10 received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 - Max Dickerman (Cody) 14-8 won by fall over Ben McKinney (Lander) 16-10 (Fall 2:43)

Cons. Round 2 - Ben McKinney (Lander) 16-10 received a bye () (Bye)

Cons. Round 3 - Zack Deitchler (Jackson) 21-17 won by fall over Ben McKinney (Lander) 16-10 (Fall 2:59)

132 - Jacob Winchester (13-12) place is unknown and scored 8.00 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Jacob Winchester (Lander) 13-12 won by fall over Tristan Wilson (Pinedale) 1-2 (Fall 1:05)

Champ. Round 2 - Jacob Winchester (Lander) 13-12 won by fall over Tyler King (Rawlins) 6-13 (Fall 5:51)

Quarterfinal - Jeff Johnson (Rock Springs) 7-4 won by fall over Jacob Winchester (Lander) 13-12 (Fall 0:43)

Cons. Round 4 - Justis Reynolds (Rawlins) 19-13 won by fall over Jacob Winchester (Lander) 13-12 (Fall 2:28)

132 - Nesto Lowham (0-2) place is unknown.

Champ. Round 1 - Nesto Lowham (Lander) 0-2 received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 - Tim Rammell (Jackson) 5-19 won by injury default over Nesto Lowham (Lander) 0-2 (Inj. 0:00)

Cons. Round 2 - Tristan Wilson (Pinedale) 1-2 won by injury default over Nesto Lowham (Lander) 0-2 (Inj. 0:00)

138 - Andrew Von Rein (33-5) placed 2nd and scored 22.00 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Andrew Von Rein (Lander) 33-5 received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 - Andrew Von Rein (Lander) 33-5 received a bye () (Bye)

Quarterfinal - Andrew Von Rein (Lander) 33-5 won by major decision over JD Nelson (Worland) 0-2 (MD 15-2)

Semifinal - Andrew Von Rein (Lander) 33-5 won by major decision over Colbee Craig (Powell) 17-15 (MD 8-0)

1st Place Match - Justin Lewton (Worland) 4-0 won by major decision over Andrew Von Rein (Lander) 33-5 (MD 11-1)

145 - Noah Rohrbacher (6-26) place is unknown and scored 0.00 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Noah Rohrbacher (Lander) 6-26 received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 - Seth Harris (Douglas) 20-12 won by fall over Noah Rohrbacher (Lander) 6-26 (Fall 3:09)

Cons. Round 2 - Noah Rohrbacher (Lander) 6-26 received a bye () (Bye)

Cons. Round 3 - Spencer Criddle (Pinedale) 9-12 won by forfeit over Noah Rohrbacher (Lander) 6-26 (For.)

152 - Seth Cole (0-6) place is unknown.

Champ. Round 1 - Seth Cole (Lander) 0-6 received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 - Cody Ellison (Lyman) 21-8 won by fall over Seth Cole (Lander) 0-6 (Fall 1:16)

Cons. Round 2 - Seth Cole (Lander) 0-6 received a bye () (Bye)

Cons. Round 3 - Weston Bradshaw (Douglas) 14-5 won by fall over Seth Cole (Lander) 0-6 (Fall 1:51)

152 - Dennis Meeker (10-9) place is unknown and scored 6.00 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Dennis Meeker (Lander) 10-9 received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 - Dennis Meeker (Lander) 10-9 won by fall over Carl Pate (Cody) 5-11 (Fall 0:34)

Quarterfinal - Hunter Haman (Douglas) 34-3 won by fall over Dennis Meeker (Lander) 10-9 (Fall 3:03)

Cons. Round 4 - Weston Bradshaw (Douglas) 14-5 won by decision over Dennis Meeker (Lander) 10-9 (Dec 11-4)

285 - Kegan Wells (25-16) placed 4th and scored 22.00 team points.

Champ. Round 1 - Kegan Wells (Lander) 25-16 received a bye () (Bye)

Champ. Round 2 - Kegan Wells (Lander) 25-16 won by fall over Jose Gonzalez (Wyoming Indian) 3-5 (Fall 4:39)

Quarterfinal - Rowdy Gard (Powell) 27-7 won by fall over Kegan Wells (Lander) 25-16 (Fall 2:25)

Cons. Round 4 - Kegan Wells (Lander) 25-16 won by fall over David Romero (Riverton) 1-2 (Fall 0:52)

Cons. Round 5 - Kegan Wells (Lander) 25-16 won by fall over Nathan Kern (Worland) 2-2 (Fall 2:34)

Cons. Semi - Kegan Wells (Lander) 25-16 won by fall over Colton Bustillos (Torrington) 17-10 (Fall 1:42)

3rd Place Match - Rowdy Gard (Powell) 27-7 won by fall over Kegan Wells (Lander) 25-16 (Fall 2:01

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