Apr 7, 2014 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorSterling Baker couldn't be stopped on the wrestling mats this season for the Dubois Rams.
Baker captured both a Ron Thon Memorial title and a Class 2-A state championship to end his senior season in style.
Now Baker has been voted the Fremont County Wrestler of the Year, selected by the sports staff of The Ranger, Wind River News and the Lander Journal.
Baker also was named the Fremont County Football Player of theYear.
"Sterling had two goals in wrestling," Dubois coach David Trembly said. "One was to win more than one state title, which made this year very special. The other was to win at the Ron Thon."
Baker put together a 45-2 record and held down the No. 1 ranking in Class 2-A at 195 pounds all season. Trembly said 32 of Baker's victories came by pin.
Baker was 163-24 in his four years at Dubois.
"Sterling took extra time each and every practice to help his teammates on moves and principles that would help them wrestler better. Then he led by example," Trembly said.
Baker is running track and field for the Rams this spring, competing in the 110-meter high hurdles, the 300-meter intermediate hurdles and the discus.
This summer, Baker plans on playing in the annual Shrine Bowl for the North team in Casper. The Shrine Bowl is made up of the top seniors the state has to offer.
In his junior year, Baker played a huge role in helping the Rams win the Class 1-A 6-man football state championship for the first time in school history. Baker will play for Wyoming in the 6-man all-star game vs. Nebraska.
Trembly said Baker also has been selected to play for the United States National six-man football team vs. Canada.
After a two-year church mission, he plans to attend the University of Wyoming and try out for the Cowboy football team as a walk- on.Baker wants to study wildlife biology in the classroom.
Baker achieved a milestone at the Ron Thon when tournament when he pinned Powell's Riley Stringer for the 220-pound title in 21 seconds.
The victory was the first-ever Ron Thon title won by a Dubois wrestler.
The Ron Thon is the biggest regular season tournament in the state.
This year, 42 of Wyoming's 43 high school teams participated at Wolverine Gym in Riverton.
"It wasn't what I was expecting," said Baker about the quick pin in the finals.
"I'm happy, but I like going three rounds with people. When it comes down to it, I will do whatever it takes."
Baker placed third at the Ron Thon in his junior season.
"It's great to be the first one from Dubois to win a Ron Thon title," Baker said.
Baker dropped to the 195-pound division for the state tournament.
After winning the Class 2-A West regional title, Baker pinned Moorcroft's Tanyon Gray in a time of 1:32 in the quarterfinals of the state tournament in Casper.
In the semifinals, Baker pinned Burns/Pine Bluffs wrestler River Scroeder in 55 seconds.
With a state title on the line, Baker pinned Wyatt Somsen from Southeast in 3:29.
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