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Wrestlers from Dubois, Shoshoni win regional titles
Feb 20, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
The Dubois wrestling combination of Sterling Baker and Cody Flynn captured Class 2-A West individual titles Saturday at Hanna, and Shoshoni's Conner Wilkinson brought home a championship as well
At 220 pounds, Flynn won a 14-3 decision over Patrick Forester of Shoshoni.
Flynn is a senior, while Forester is a freshman. Flynn is 6-0 on the season vs. Forester.
"Patrick has gotten closer every time," SHS coach Tony Truempler said. "Cody is an excellent wrestler. We are losing because it's an experience thing. Patrick has really turned the corner the last three weeks."
Baker finished in the top spot at 195 pounds. Baker had one pin in the quarterfinal and one more in the semifinals.
In the championship, Baker won an 8-2 decision over Spencer Redland from Greybull/Riverside.
In the 113-pound bracket, Wilkinson had two pins to make his way into the championship round.
"We knew going into regionals that Conner was favored to win it," Truempler said.
Wilkinson blanked Rocky Mountain's Tyler Lindquist 7-0 in the finals.
"We had a little surprise that the Lindquist kid came down from 120 pounds," Truempler said. "Conner pretty much dominated the finals."
Wilkinson, a freshman, will now be the No. 1 seed for the Shoshoni Wranglers Friday and Saturday at the Class 2-A state tournament.
"We have to beat the Burns kid at state to get into the finals," Truempler said.
"We haven't beaten him yet. We have been close. We had him on his back at Saratoga, and we ran out of time."
The first day at state is for the early rounds and the semifinals.
"Going to the state tournament is a big deal," Truempler said. "I told the freshmen the nerves are going to get you with all the mats on the floor and you have a packed stadium. They have to be ready for that."
In the team standings at the Class 2-A West regionals, Shoshoni placed fourth at 106 points. Cokeville won the team crown scoring 202 points. Lovell finished second with 163.5 points and Riverside/Greybull were third (127.5 points).
Wind River was fifth (98), and Dubois placed ninth (55). Wyoming Indian finished last at seven points.
The 2-A West tournament had 12 teams in the field.
Danny Huxtable lost his bid for a regional title when Cokeville's James Teichert pinned the Shoshoni wrestler in a time of 3:09 at 126 pounds.
"Danny wrestled an excellent match," Truempler said. "Danny wrestled under control, but the Teichert kid is a tough kid."
Truempler felt Tyler Clemetson in the 132-pound class and Alex Minge at 170 pounds should have placed in the top four at regionals.
Clemetson was pinned in the semifinals by Macen Petersen from Cokeville in 1:16.
After losing in the quarterfinals, Minge won two straight before eliminated in the consolation semifinals.
Wind River's Keanen Pfisterer finished second in the 106-pound class.
Pfisterer pinned Shoshoni's Trinityn Nitchmen at the 3:56 mark.
In the championship match, Vinchinzo Castle of Thermopolis won an 11-2 victory over Pfisterer.
Zak Rose (113 pounds), Kris Justice (145) and Alex Collver (152) were all fourth for the Wind River Cougars.
Class 2-A West regional wrestling team standings
1. Cokeville, 202; 2. Lovell, 163.5; 3. Riverside/Greybull, 127.5; 4. Shoshoni, 106; 5. Wind River, 98; 6. Thermopolis, 88; 7. Rocky Mountain, 76; 8. Kemmerer, 59.5; 9. Dubois, 55; 10. Hanna Elk Mountain, 53; 11. Big Piney, 49; 12. Wyoming Indian, 7.