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Huxtable and Wilkinson take first for Shoshoni on Lingle mats
Shoshoni High School freshman Connor Wilkinson, front, practiced with junior Danny Huxtable on Tuesday night. The two won individual titles Saturday at the Lingle Dogger Invitational. Photo by Bruce Tippets

Huxtable and Wilkinson take first on Lingle mats

Jan 23, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor

SHOSHONI -- Junior Danny Huxtable and freshman Connor Wilkinson won their first individual high school varsity wrestling titles for Shoshoni High School Saturday at the Lingle Dogger Invitational.

Huxtable was in top spot in the 126-pound bracket. Wilkinson captured his victory at 113 pounds in the double-elimination tournament at Lingle/Fort Laramie.

In the finals, Huxtable pinned Merritt Hageman from Lingle/Fort Laramie in a time of 41 seconds.

"I just came out focused in the tournament," Huxtable said. "That wrestler beat me last year. I knew what I was going to do right as I walked on the mat with him."

Huxtable was surprised he pinned Hageman in the first period.

"I was just able to take him down," Huxtable said.

The Shoshoni junior went 5-0 on the weekend, with five pins.

"The coaches help me a lot staying focused and keeping that drive," Huxtable said. "I scouted my matches beforehand. It was cool to see a lot of fresh faces at the tournament because we usually wrestle the same kids over and over again "

Wilkinson was pumped to win his first varsity title.

"I worked really hard before the tournament," he said

Wilkinson blanked Wright's Nathan Martinez 16-0 in the finals.

"I knew what the wrestled wanted to do against me," he said. "He beat me the week before. I knew that if I stayed out of that I could beat him. It felt great to get revenge on him."

Tyler Clemetson (132 pounds) and Patrick Forster (220 pounds) finished third for SHS. Teammate Alex Minge was fourth at 170 pounds.

In the team standings, Shoshoni finished third at 152.50 points in the 18-team field. Baynard, Neb., and Lingle/Fort Laramie tied for first with 170 points.

Practice partners

Huxtable is ranked No. 5 in the state in 126 pounds. He is 27-6 on the season.

"I had a concussion my freshman year, so it feels like I'm pretty much a sophomore still," Huxtable said. I think that the season is going really well. I have a freshman that is pushing me every day in the wrestling room."

Huxtable and Wilkinson are wrestling partners during the week.

"Danny and I wrestle a lot," Wilkinson said "It has helped me a lot because we work together every night in practice. We have figured out a lot together. We always talk and teach each other new moves."

Wilkinson sits third at 113 pounds with a 25-6 record.

"I think that the season is going pretty good," Wilkinson said. "Hopefully, I can move up to No. 1 in the rankings this weekend in Greybull."

SHS will take part in the Greybull tournament Friday and Saturday.

"We are in the crunch time in the season," Huxtable said. "We just need to stay focused and keep the team going."

Team standings from Lingle Dogger Invitational

1. (tie) Baynard, Neb., and Lingle Fort Laramie 170; 3. Shoshoni, 152.50; 4. Wright, 124; 5. Southeast, 101; 6. Torrington JV, 98.50; 7. Saratoga, 94; 8. Rocky Mountain, 83; 9. Casper Natrona JV, 81; 10. Morrill, Neb., 78; 11. Burns/Pine Bluffs, 77.50; 12. Cheyenne East JV, 75; 13. Scottsbluff, Neb. JV, 62; 14. Hanna, 58.50; 15. Kimball, Neb., 42; 16. Banner County, Neb., 26.50; 17. Gering, Neb., JV, 15; 18. Cheyenne Central JV, 12.

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