Feb 26, 2012 - Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCASPER -- Freshman Andrew Von Rein opened the Class 3-A state wrestling finals by winning his first championship for Lander Valley High School, and Lander teammates Brodie Schneider and Jordan Hanson put an exclamation point to the season on Saturday night by capping it off with back-to-back titles. .
Schneider won his first state title in the 220-pound weight class, and Hanson his second one in the heavyweight division.
"It's just like my dream," said Hanson about winning the state heavyweight title the last two years. "The only goal for Brodie and me was the end. It's not how you start, but how you finish. That is what we were working for."
Schneider pinned Mountain View's Bo Aimone in the second period. After the win, Schneider leaped into LVHS coach Nick Fulton's arms.
"It got me fired up," Hanson said when Schneider won his title. "Anytime your wrestler partner is successful, it gets you pumped up. "
Hanson pinned Kurt Bullinger from Powell at the 3:13 mark to finish the evening of wrestling. Hanson pinned Bullinger last weekend at the Class 3-A West regional finals. R00;
In the team standings, the Tigers finished fourth at 190 points. Powell walked out with the team trophy scoring 243.50 points. Douglas finished second (210.50 points), and Star Valley was third (195.50).
Round out the team standings were Worland (175), Torrington (126), Mountain View (118), Cody (90), Rawlins (65), Glenrock (60), Wheatland (52.50), Buffalo (49.50), Newcastle (41.50), Pinedale (16), Jackson (10) and Lyman (4).
Von Rein's reaction
"It feels good to be a state champ," Von Rein said. "I had already lost to him three times this year, and to beat a senior feels pretty good."
The 106-pound weight class went right down to the wire as Von Rein picked up two points in the final minute to escape 6-4 vs. Powell's Charles Wittick.
"The first period was a pretty good battle," Von Rein said. "We were just moving around. In the second period, I just got a near fall for two points."
Ty Alexander and Garrett Maser also represented LVHS in the finals, Alexander pinned Alvaro Duran of Rawlins in the semifinals at the 113-pound weight class. In the finals, Worland's Justin Lewton pinned Alexander at the 1:40 mark.
Lander's Garrett Maser had two down-to-the-wire matches in the 145-pound weight class.
Maser escaped into the finals beating Russ Wilde from Cody 7-6. In the finals, Maser dropped a 2-0 decision to Powell's Waylon Bays.
LVHS placers from
106 pounds -- 1. Andrew Von Rein.
113 pounds -- 2. Ty Alexander.
120 pounds -- 3. Derek DeBolt.
138 pounds -- 6. Dalton Marrow.
145 pounds -- 2. Garrett Maser.
152 pounds -- 4. Jacob Miller.
220 pounds -- 1. Brodie Schneider; 5. Dalton Crane.
Heavyweight -- 1. Jordan Hanson.
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