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Wranglers climb to No. 5 state rank in Class 2-A wrestling
Shoshoni High School wrestler Alex Minge, left, battled Riverton junior varsity wrestler Kyle Page during the Don Runner tournament Saturday at Wind River High School. Photo by Wayne Nicholls

Wranglers climb to No. 5 state rank in Class 2-A wrestling

Jan 17, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

Shoshoni High School wrestling coach Tony Truempler is in awe of the No. 5 ranking his team has in Class 2-A.

His Wranglers climbed into the position after putting together a strong showing last month at the Wright Dual tournament.

Cokeville has the No. 1 slot in 2-A. Moorcroft is ranked No. 2. The Lovell Bulldogs are sitting in the No. 3 position. Riverside/Greybull sits No. 4. Wright is ranked No. 6.

"It has been a long time since we have been ranked," Truempler said. "We have numbers this year. The boys are excited about it. It's really neat to be ranked. It's a lot tougher than people think."

The Wranglers don't have any seniors on the roster this year.

"We are about right where I thought that we would be," Truempler said. "I had some surprises in that freshman class. I knew that they are a good group of wrestlers, but I didn't know how ready they would be for high school."

Truempler doesn't know how long the Wranglers can stay at No. 5.

"The rankings could change. We didn't finish that high at the Don Runner because I only brought seven kids," Truempler said. "The rankings are just an up-and-down thing."

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Shoshoni wrestler Trinity Nitchman is ranked No. 6 in the 106-pound class. Nitchman has been sick the past two tournaments.

"Trinity was there last year, so he didn't change any weight," Truempler said.

Nitchman will be in the lineup Friday and Saturday at the Lingle Fort-Laramie Invitational.

"The Lingle tournament will be the first tournament that I have had my full team," Truempler said. "It will take Trinity at least a week to get back on track, but I expect some good things out of him."

Nitchman, Joel Smith and Tyler Boysen all will be at 106 pounds this weekend for SHS.

"We were really close to having five 106-pounders," Truempler said. "They push each other pretty good."

Shoshoni's Connor Wilkinson is ranked No. 4 in the 113-pound class.

Wilkinson is 22-6 in his freshman season.

"He is in a pretty tough weight class," Truempler said.

The top five wrestlers in Wilkinson's weight class will be in Lingle.

"Connor changed his style a little bit at the Don Runner," Truempler said. "It kind of hurt us. We went away from what we were good at."

Danny Huxtable checks in at the No. 4 position in the 126-pound class.

"Danny is prepared this year," Truempler said. "I can't say enough about how focused Danny is."

Huxtable has pilled up a 23-5 record.

"Danny should be sitting at No. 3 with everybody bouncing around," Truempler said.

Huxtable's teammate Tyler Clemetson is No. 7 at 132 pounds. Clemetson missed the Don Runner because of the flu bug.

"Tyler is at the weight that he should be at," Truempler said.

Shoshoni's Patrick Forester is voted into the No. 5 slot in the 220-pound class. Forester has bounced around between 220 pounds and heavyweight.

"We will keep Patrick at 220 pounds for now," Truempler said. "We are not sure what we will do at the end of the day."

Truempler said Mark Ballou is the early candidate for the most-improved award.

Ballou wrestles at 126 or 138 pounds.

Ballou went his first two years without winning any matches. Ballou has won nine matches this year.

"This year, the switch has clicked," Truempler said.

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