Baker, Flynn win state mat titles for DuboisFeb 26, 2013 By Bruce Tippets, Sports Editor
Sterling Baker and Cody Flynn have been wrestling practicing partners all season for Dubois High School.
The pair on Saturday night capped off outstanding seasons by celebrating individual state championships at the Casper Events Center.
The last wrestling title from a Dubois wrestler was Eddie Collins in the 2009 season at 113 pounds.
"It was a very exciting night," Dubois coach David Trembly said. "It was pretty awesome to get them into the finals. It was just incredible to have them both win by pins."
Flynn is a senior, and Baker is a junior for the Rams.
"They are great friends," Trembly said. "They work together the whole time. They just build off of each other."
Moorcroft/Hulett ran away for the team title scoring 263 points. Cokeville placed second with 170 points and Lovell finished third at 147.5 points.
Shoshoni finished fifth (95 points), Dubois was 11th (61), and Wind River placed 13th (59).
Baker tasted his first state title after pinning Colby Thurston from Niobrara County in a time of 3:56 at 195 pounds.
"Sterling had a great match," Trembly said. "He had seen Thurston earlier in the year. We knew what to look for. Sterling worked on his speed and quickness."
Baker finished the season with a 48-2 mark.
"It's going to be awesome to have Sterling back," Trembly said. "Sterling will just have to keep working on speed, knowledge and quickness."
"We knew the finals was going to be a great match," Trembly said.
Flynn beat Riggen McIntosh of Lingle-Fort Laramie twice last year, but Saturday night's final at 220 pounds was their first meeting of this season.
"We knew that it was going to be a speed-type match," Trembly said.
Flynn pinned McIntosh in a time of 4:38 for his championship.
"Cody fought through some tough spots," Trembly said.
Flynn was the No. 1 seed for the state tournament and the top-ranked wrestler in his weight class.
"It was a good weight class for him," Trembly said.
Flynn ended the season at 35-5.
"Cody has just gotten better and better," Trembly said. "He just did a great job."
Trembly said Flynn plans to attend Casper College.
Class 2-A team standings from state wrestling
1. Moorcroft/Hulett, 263; 2. Cokeville, 170; 3. Lovell, 147.5; 4. Riverside/Greybull, 126.5; 5. Shoshoni, 95; 6. Wright, 85; 7. Thermopolis, 80.5; 8. Lingle Fort Laramie, 80; 9. Southeast, 65.5; 10. Burns/Pine Bluffs, 64; 11. (tie) Saratoga and Dubois, 61; 13. Wind River, 59; 14. Rocky Mountain, 57.5; 15. Hanna Elk Mountain, 55; 16. Kemmerer, 53.5; 17. Niobrara County, 40; 18. Big Piney, 27; 19. Upton, 16; 20. Sundance, 13; 21. Wyoming Indian, 6.