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Shoshoni hosts 2-A West wrestling regional
Shoshoni's Chester Broadbent, top, worked with teammate Mark Ballou in wrestling practice Wednesday night to prepare for the Class 2-A West regional tournament. The tournament starts Friday afternoon in Shoshoni. Photo by Bruce Tippets

Shoshoni hosts 2-A West wrestling regional

Feb 16, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets Sports Editor

SHOSHONI -- Chester Broadbent took an unwanted detour in his wrestling season for Shoshoni High School after he dislocated his right shoulder last month, but the injury isn't going to keep him out of the lineup for the postseason.

When he was hurt, the Wrangler senior continued to run to keep in wrestling shape, and he had faith his season wasn't finished.

"The doctors told me the season was over, but I wasn't ready to quit," said Broadbent, who was in a sling for two weeks. "I'm still not back all the way. Sitting out for three weeks is kind of rough on you."

The doctors cleared Broadbent this week to be in the lineup Friday and Saturday for the Class 2-A West regional wrestling tournament in Shoshoni.

"I just want to wrestle again," Broadbent said. "If I don't win a match at regionals, but I don't quit, then that is enough for me."

Broadbent was ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 2-A at 113 pounds before his injury.

"Chester has been the heart and soul of the team," SHS coach Tony Truempler said. "Chester stepped into the leader role last year. Chester is always there to help. When we have middle school wrestlers with us, Chester always shows his moves. Chester has embraced wrestling. He has done an excellent job."

Broadbent is 12-5 on the season and isn't ranked anymore. Broadbent will be in the 113-pound weight class for the regional tournament.

"Chester has to be more aggressive," Truempler said. "He has to change his style a little bit because, he used his arms a lot. I know that he will give 110 percent."

The double-elimination regional tournament starts at 4 p.m. Friday.

The tournament concludes Saturday afternoon with the regional title matches. The top eight from each weight class advance to the state tournament.

Tickets for the regional tournament are $4 for adults and $3 for students for an all-day pass Friday. The price goes up Saturday to $6 and $4. Tournament passes are $9 for adults, $6 for students.

Regional field

Dubois, Wind River, SHS and Wyoming Indian also will be in the Class 2-A West field.

"The boys deserve to have regionals in Shoshoni," Truempler said. "We don't get a lot of stuff at home. It will be nice to let the boys showcase what they have worked on the last three months."

The Fremont County squads will be joined by Lovell, Rocky Mountain, Thermopolis, Big Piney, Cokeville, Hanna Elk Mountain and Kemmerer.

In the Class 2-A team rankings, Lovell is No. 1. Greybull/Riverside stands at No. 3,, and Cokeville is No. 4.

Dubois High School wrestlers Sterling Baker (182 pounds) and Cody Flynn (195 pounds) are ranked No. 2 in their weight classes.

SHS senior Dalton Linnan is No. 6 in the heayvweight bracket. Linnan stands at 16-5 on the season.

"The ball is in Dalton's court," Truempler said. "Dalton has been sick. He has lost 15 pounds in the last week."

Truempler said Linnan weighs 252 pounds.

"Dalton has all the potential in the world," Truempler said. "He just has to bring it to the mat and use it."

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