Feb 3, 2012 - By Bruce Tippets Sports EditorCody Vichi knows is used to collecting trophies at the Ron Thon Memorial wrestling tournament.
Vichi, a senior at Rock Springs High School, won a title at the tournament in Riverton last year for the Tigers after taking his first title as a sophomore when he competed for Big Piney.
Vichi also won a junior varsity crown in his freshman season in high school.
"I believe the Ron Thon is as big as the state tournament," Vichi said Thursday morning between classes. "When you win the Ron Thon, you are the best in the state. not just in your division."
After the victories in RIverton, Vichi feels like he is on the top of the wrestling world
"It's a good relief to win it," Vichi said. "It just proves to me that all my hard work is paying off."
Vichi said he loved winning his first title when he was wrestling for Big Piney.
Big Piney competes in the Class 2-A level.
"That was one of my bigger accomplishments," Vichi said. "Everybody says that 2-A is not the best."
The senior doesn't want to taste a setback this weekend in Riverton.
"It's my goal to defend it and I don't want to give it up," Vichi said. "I'm not going to back down from anyone."
Vichi has a solid 40-4 record this year in the 120-pound weight class.
Vichi is ranked No. 1 in the Class 4-A individual rankings. Mitch Heap from Star Valley is No. 1 in 3-A, and Moorcroft's Luke Lovett sits at No. 1 in 2-A.
Sheridan's Derek Berrettini is No. 2 in Class 4-A at 120 pounds. Natrona's Mike Emery checks in at No.3 and Carlos Salazar from Kelly Walsh is No. 4.
"We have really high ranked kids in both 4-A, 3-A, and 2-A," Vichi said. "It will be a tough tournament to wrestle in. "
Vichi is weighing college wrestling options, narrowing his list to Chadron State in Nebraska and Northwest College in Powell.
Chadron State is in the NCAA Division II level, while the NWC Trappers are one of the top squads in the junior college level.
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