Dec 19, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorCoach Tony Truempler called Shoshoni's 43-38 victory on Saturday over Wright the best wrestling victory in the Wright Duals.
The win put the Wranglers third in the team standings. The contest featured teams from Class 2-A statewide.
In pool matches, the Wranglers beat Dubois 54-18, Wind River 42-28 and the Douglas junior varsity 48-29.
SHS lost to Moorcroft 72-6.
"Everybody wrestled really well against Wright," Truempler said. "Beating Wright was huge. Wright has some kids that were pretty tough."
Shoshoni's key pins against Wright were from Danny Huxtable, Connor Wilkinson and J.J. Crichton.
"If we wouldn't have gotten those wins, then we wouldn't have won," Truempler said.
Moorcroft downed Greybull/Riverside 57-18 to win the title.
"Moorcroft is the real deal," Truempler said. "They are older. Moorcroft has six or seven seniors with a bunch of juniors."
Wright placed fourth. The Douglas junior varsity was fifth in the meet.
Douglas was followed by Lusk, Southeast, Wind River, Sundance and Dubois.
The Wranglers had a number of wrestlers with just one loss at the Wright Duals, Crichton at 160 pounds, Huxtable at 126, Wilkenson at 113, Galen LaGois at 220 and Patrick Forrester at heavyweight.
LaGois got the only victory for SHS against the powerful Moorcroft team.
"Galen wrestled extremely well against Moorcroft," Truempler said. "That was probably the best that he has ever wrestled. He was just fired up. As a sophomore, he came out and did great things."
Shoshoni and Wind River will participate Friday and Saturday at the Lander Invitational.
Truempler said Wilkenson, Huxtable, Tyler Clemetson (132 pounds), Minge and Forrester.
"We decided not to put them in the varsity division in Powell because it was so early in the season," Truempler said. "The ones that I put in the varsity division in Lander are ready. We are wrestling a lot better in that one week."
The tournament will conclude the first month of the wrestling season for the Wranglers.
"I love having a tournament this weekend because we usually go so long without having a tournament," Truempler said.
Results from Wright Duals
held on Saturday
Greybull 48, Southeast 18; Niobrara County 42, Sundance 12; Niobrara County 36, Southeast 30; Wright 42, Sundance 18; Greybull 40, Niobrara County, 28; Wright 42, Southeast 30; Greybull 54, Sundance 18; Wright 39, Niobrara County 24; Southeast 30, Sundance 24; Greybull 48, Wright 27.
Moorcroft 78, Wind River 6; Shoshoni 54, Dubois 18; Shoshoni 42; Wind River 28; Douglas JV 48, Dubois 24; Moorcroft 72, Shoshoni 6; Douglas JV 37, Wind River, 21; Moorcroft 69, Dubois 6; Shoshoni 48, Douglas JV 29; Moorcroft 76, Douglas JV, 6; Wind River 30, Dubois 12.
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