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Small-school grapplers win titles
Jan 29, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The Wind River Cougars wrestling team made its biggest improvements of the season Saturday at the Bobcat Invitational tournament.
Keanan Pfisterer at 113 pounds and John Thoman at 106 pounds battled all the way to the top to win individual titles.
The Dubois Rams had four wrestlers in the field, and all of them placed in the tournament.
Kurt Leseberg finished first in the 120-pound division.
The tournament attracted seven teams. Lander and Lingle-Fort Laramie both had big events the same day.
In the team standings, Wind River was fifth at 86.5 points. Dubois came in last (52).
"We are continuing to work on our takedowns and bottom work," Wind River coach James Cunnigham said.
The combined Greybull/Riverside team took the team team scoring 146.5 points.
At 106 pounds, Thoman marched into the semifinal round with a pair of victories.
In the semifinals, Thoman pinned Vance Curtis from the Worland junior varsity team in 1:55.
Thoman pinned Lovell's Joe Murnion for the title in a quick 47 seconds.
Pfisterer won three straight matches for his spot in the semifinals.
Pfisterersterer pinned Robbie Coleman from Columbus, Mont., in 3:52 for another victory in Thermopolis.
"John and Keanan were both not really tested in Thermopolis," Cunningham said.
Dalton Perkins was fourth at 145 pounds for the Cougars.
Teammate Tia Hampton placed fifth in the same weight division as Pfisterer.
Burk ended fifth at 195 pounds Charles Oldman was fifth at heavyweight.
"Charles and Tia made great strides this week by coming away with wins to get into the placing round," Cunningham said.
Leseberg was a perfect three of three at 120 pounds.
His last two wins came on decisions.
Leseberg beat Eric Osbon from the Worland junior varsity 6-0 and Tre Nelson from Greybull/Riverside 11-4.