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Good showing for Fremont County wrestlers this season
Mar 6, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Fremont County wrestlers didn't back down from anybody on the mats this season.
The teams and individuals found success at different levels to close out the grueling season and put a wrap on a very successful campaign.
Leading the charge for the county wrestlers was Sterling Baker from Dubois.
He put himself in the headlines by winning his first Ron Thon Memorial tournament title last month in Wolverine Gym.
In the finals at 220 pounds, Baker pinned Powell's Riley Stringer in just a few seconds.
The Ron Thon title was the first ever by a wrestler from Dubois High School in the huge tournament.
Baker didn't let up after the win in Riverton and steamrolled to the Class 2-A state title in the 195-pound division without really being tested in his bracket.
Staying in the 2-A division, the Shoshoni Wranglers had a remarkable season under coach Tony Truempler.
The Wranglers had a talented senior class sprinkled all the way through the lineup.
I remember seeing Shoshoni win the Wrangler Duals back in December to jump start the season and how excited everybody at Wrangler Gym was.
Shoshoni finished third in the Class 2-A team standings last Saturday in Casper.
Moorcroft won the crown, while Cokeville came took the runner-up position.
Moorcroft had big numbers and was unstoppable when it came to team points in Class 2-A.
A major highlight for the Wranglers was Connor Wilkinson taking the state title in the 120-pound division.
Wilkinson, a sophomore, placed second as a freshman and has a couple of years left to add wins to his resume.
It will be interesting to see what weight class Wilkinson will perform in the next two years.
Truempler will have to replace a number of seniors in the lineup, but the underclassmen should want to carry on the tradition that was set by the seniors.
The best weight class in Fremont County was the 106 pounds.
Wind River's Keanan Pfisterer won the state title at 106 pounds, and teammate John Tolman placed fourth in the same class. Pfisterer picked a perfect time of the season to perform at his best.
The Wind River tandem wasn't even the best one in Fremont County. That honor that belonged to Lander's Mark McConnell and Palmer Schafer at 106 pounds in Class 3-A.
Both picked up huge wins in the semifinals to make it an all-Lander final. McConnell won his first state title, and Schafer came in second.
The pair are good friends on and off the wrestling mats.
"It was difficult to see a final where one was going to come in second," Lander coach Nick Fulton said. "The boys are both so classy, and they handled it well. This is certain to strengthen them in the future."
Riverton got good individual performances to reach the medal stands.
Senior Chris Holcomb was fifth for the Wolverines at 182 pounds.
Reese Prosser has a bright future for the Wolverines. The RHS junior put in a third-place finish at 170 pounds.
In his bracket, Prosser blanked Robert Perry from Gillette 2-0 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Prosser lost to Green River's Shay McCurdy 4-0.
Prosser kept fighting and fighting for two more wins for a positive finish to get prepared for his senior season.