Dec 23, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorTy Alexander and Andrew Von Rein won back-to-back wrestling titles Saturday afternoon to show off for the home fans during the Lander Invitational tournament at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.
The two wins were claimed by the host Lander Valley High School in a tournament made up of the top Class 3-A schools and Class 4-A Riverton High School .
In the finals, Alexander won the 120-pound title over Riverton's Gavin Wilson 8-5 in a back-and-forth battle.
It was the first time Alexander had pulled out a victory over Wilson on the high school level.
"It just helped that I moved off bottom," Alexander said.
Alexander was the No. 1 seed for the double-elimination tournament.
"It was a pretty tough bracket," Alexander said. "You just have to compete to your level."
This was Alexander's 20th win in a row to a fast start to his senior season.
"I just have to finish the way that I started," Alexander said.
Von Rein, a sophomore, pinned Powell's Dylan Rood in a time of 4:29 to clinch his victory at 126 pounds. Von Rein won a state title for LVHS as a freshman in the 106-pound weight class.
"Andrew was able to hang in there and just grind and grind," LVHS coach Nick Fulton said. "It shows that some hard work is starting to pay off for those kids to be able to get those wins in the third period."
Douglas wins title
In the team standings, the Tigers were fifth at 189.5 pounds. Douglas won the team title with 227 points. Powell was second at 222 points, Star Valley placed third at 213.5 points, and Riverton was 195.5 points.
"We had a great tournament," Fulton said. "We wrestled very well. I was very pleased with the way my kids wrestled this weekend."
The tournament was made up of 13 teams with a double-elimination bracket.
"Our parents and community support has been so good," Fulton said. "The parents have really taking care of things. That has really allowed me on coaching the kids. It's just so nice to be able to bring in so many teams and have everybody treated well."
The Tigers knocked off the Casper Kelly Walsh Trojans 54-30 Thursday night in a dual in the home opener at Bob Carey Memorial Fieldhouse.
"This week was really tough on us," Fulton said. "It was stressful with finals and stressful with tournament set-up."
Kyle Carey and Jacob Miller also represented LVHS in the finals and brought home second-place medals. Carey was pinned by Jake Thompson of Star Valley in a time of 2:46 in the 106-pound weight class.
"Kyle had a good weekend," Fulton said.
In the 152-pound weight class finals, Torrington's Jacob Hatley won a 11-4 decision over Miller.
"Jacob wrestled a great tournament," Fulton said. "We gave up four points in that first period. It took us out of our game. It allowed the kid to go pretty defense on us. That is tough to do. I promise you that Jacob will be ready when the time counts. He will work hard and get better."
Keegan Wells, Jason Hanson, Ben McKinney, Robert and Ross Sloss each placed fourth for LVHS.
1. Douglas, 227; 2. Powell, 222; 3. Star Valley, 213.5; 4. Riverton, 195.5; 5. Lander, 189.5; 6. Torrington, 156; 7. Kelly Walsh, 108; 8. Lyman, 87.5; 9. Rawlins, 70; 10. Mountain View, 60; 11. Shoshoni, 57; 12. Jackson, 49.5; 13. Wind River, 20.5.
106 pounds -- 1. Jake Thompson, Star Valley; 2. Kyle Carey, Lander; 3. Trevor Bennett, Douglas; 4. Colby McCaslin, Rawlins; 5. Savian Wadsworth, Jackson Hole; 6. Noah Wozney, Powell.
First place -- Jake Thompson, Star Valley, pinned Kyle Carey, Lander, 2:46.
113 pounds -- 1. Nic Urbach, Powell; 2. Brodie Douglass, Lyman; 3. Jordan Pingrey, Douglas; 4. Gabe Waldron, Star Valley; 5. Takota Clark, Kelly Walsh; 6. Connor Wilkinson, Shoshoni.
First place -- Nic Urbach, Powell, pinned Brodie Douglass, Lyman, 2:46.
120 pounds -- 1. Ty Alexander, Lander; 2. Gavin Wilson, Riverton; 3. Colton Parham, Powell; 4. Colbee Craig, Powell; 5. Patrick Carr, Torrington; 6. Dillan Jorgenson, Star Valley.
First-place match -- Ty Alexander, Lander, dec. Gavin Wilson, Riverton, 8-5.
126 pounds -- 1. Andrew Von Rein, Lander; 2. Dylan Rood, Powell; 3. Jordan Britton, Torrington; 4. Ben McKinney, Lander; 5. Joey Roseno, Riverton; 6. Danny Huxtable, Shoshoni.
First-place match -- Andrew Von Rein, Lander, pinned Dylan Rood, Powell, 4:29.
132 pounds -- 1. Arhen Wempen, Riverton; 2. Carlos Salazar, Kelly Walsh; 3. Justin Polkowske, Torrington; 4. Jake Hicks, Lyman; 5. Wyatt Murphy, Rawlins; 6. Andrew Feller, Powell.
First-place match -- Arhen Wempen, Riverton, dec. Carlos Salazar, 3-1.
138 pounds -- 1. Tannar Galey, Kelly Walsh; 2. Kye Catlin, Powell; 3. Carbon Kennington, Star Valley; 4. Matt Widdicombe, Powell; 5. Chase Vialpando. Douglas; 6. Wyatt Neild, Star Valley.
First-place match -- Tannar Galey, Kelly Walsh, pinned Kye Catlin, Powell, 3:17.
145 pounds -- 1. Jacob Davis, Powell; 2. Blake Sanderson, Douglas; 3. Paul Semadeni, Star Valley; 4. Cole Bagley, Star Valley; 5. Tyler Allen, Riverton; 6. Dustin Rollins, Lyman.
First place match -- Jacob Davis, Powell, dec. Blake Sanderson, Douglas, 6-2.
152 pounds -- 1. Jacob Hatley, Torrington; 2. Jacob Miller Lander; 3. Austin Hoopes, Star Valley; 4. Isidro Cortez, Torrington; 5. Hunter Haman, Douglas; 6. Anthony Lujan, Powell.
First-place match -- Jacob Hatley, Torrington, dec. Jacob Miller, 11-4.
160 pounds -- 1. Rudy Batista, Riverton; 2. Kris Beech of Star Valley; 3. Chance Miller, Douglas; 4. Grady Austin, Star Valley; 5. Benjamin Loya, Torrington; 6. Ben Flickinger, Jackson Hole.
First-place match -- Rudy Batista, Riverton, pinned Kris Beech, Star Valley, 5:37.
170 pounds -- 1. Dalton Burgener, Douglas, 2. Andrew Jarvis, Torrington; 3. T.J. Galey, Riverton; 4. Tyler Patterson, Powell; 5. Ryan Jarvis, Torrington; 6. Billy Galloway, Star Valley.
First-place match -Dalton Burgener, Douglas, dec. Andrew Jarvis, 14-10.
182 pounds -- 1. Drake Menck, Mountain View; 2. Marshall Watkins, Star Valley; 3. Garrett Boner, Douglas; 4. Jason Hanson, Lander; 5. Kyle Page, Riverton; 6. Blake Burnett, Kelly Walsh.
First-place match -- Drake Menck, Mountain View, pinned Marshall Watkins, Star Valley, 3:07.
195 pounds -- 1. Jordan Semadeni, Star Valley; 2. Zach Thompson, Powell; 3. Conner Hendry, Kelly Walsh; 4. Robert Sloss, Lander; 5. Micheal Newman, Torrington; 6. Austin Degner, Douglas.
First place match -- Jordan Semadeni, Star Valley, dec. Zach Thompson, Powell, 7-6.
220 pounds -- 1. Dalton Smith, Douglas; 2. Spencer Shultz, Powell; 3. Jacob Flesher, Riverton; 4. Ross Sloss, Lander; 5. Eric Denney, Powell; 6. Patrick Forrester, Shoshoni.
First-place match -- Dalton Smith, Douglas, pinned Spencer Shultz, 1:19.
285 pounds -- 1. CJ Allen, Douglas; 2. Woodrow Davidson, Rawlins; 3. Keegan Wells, Lander; 4. Riley Stringer, Powell; 5. Dawson Steeds, Riverton; 6. Jerico Birch, Lyman.
First place match -- CJ Allen, Douglas, pinned Woodrow Davidson, Rawlins, 5:12.
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