PHS wrestlers continue to steamroll through the season
WYOMING – All the blood, sweat and tears shed by both the Pinedale High School girls’ and boys’ wrestling teams to date were again made evident in a week packed with successes.
Leaving it all on the mats, the Lady Wranglers soundly defeated 23 other teams at the Lander Valley Invitational on Jan. 20-21, bagging gold with 97 points. Kemmerer came in a distant second with 63 points.
The Wrangler boys’ earned fourth place out of 25 teams at the Lander Invitational, posting 155 points and beating Wyoming opponents from all classifications.
The Lander Invitational featured a Second Chance Tournament for wrestlers who did not place in the finals on Saturday.
On Tuesday, Jan. 24, Pinedale trounced Big Piney in its first home duel. The boys’ varsity team battled through a series of close matches to pull ahead, 52-16. The girls’ varsity duel also comprised tough competition. The Lady Wranglers carried the evening, 29-12.
Lander girls’ invitational
Junior Katyana Dexter snagged gold in the 235-pound bracket. She pinned Kaitlin Barral of Thermopolis 50 seconds into the first-place match.
Freshman McKinzie Mortensen earned first place in the 100-105-pound division. She defeated Cora Remacle of Wind River by fall in the third period of the final bout.
Securing second place in the 110-115-pound classification, senior Maddox Gehlhausen pinned Riverton’s Tymberlee Stanley with 1 minute, 18 seconds remaining in the first period of the semifinals.
Sophomore Mya Swain secured silver in the 130-135-pound bracket. She beat Kloey Walker of Rawlins by a 12-6 decision in the semifinals.
In the 144-pound division, senior Morgan Grossman bagged bronze after pinning Cheyenne South’s Joslyn Hockenberger in the second round.
Freshman Alicia Dexter placed fifth in the 140-145-pound bracket.
Lander boys’ invitational
Battling his way through the 132-pound bracket, junior Jake Hammer snagged another championship. Hammer defeated Ethan Crow of Thermopolis by a 21-3 technical fall in the quarterfinals.
Advancing to the semifinals, Hammer scored a 9-2 decision win against Ryker Mele of Green River. The finals pitted Hammer against Rawlins’ Brayden Torstenbo. Hammer pulled out the win by a 9-1 major decision.
Sophomore Ryan Nutt garnered silver in the 120-pound division. He defeated Tucker Carricato of Saratoga by sudden victory in the semifinals.
Freshman Wylee Willson fought Big Piney’s Dominic Sanchez through a close semifinal match, winning by an 11-9 decision to achieve second place in the 113-pound classification.
Sophomore Garrett Madole came in third place in the 126-pound bracket. Senior Ethan Kemp (145 pounds) and junior Austin Green (182 pounds) both captured fourth place in their divisions.
Lander – Second Chance results
Freshmen Ian Rigo, Sergio Duarte-Villa and Ryder Siefkes each placed second in their respective weight brackets.
Fourth-place finishes included freshman Cody Bigelow, sophomore Lincoln Kemp, junior Eian Smith, junior Bodie Jensen, freshman Trey Guzman, freshman Cale Dauwen, sophomore Nolan Orm and junior Jamison Snell.
Pinedale vs. Big Piney Duel – girls
Gehlhausen pinned Katie Langlois with 3 seconds left in the first period. Swain beat Brynne Hoffman by a 6-0 technical fall. Alicia Dexter defeated Enna Coote by fall at 4:24. Grossman pinned Charleigh Smith in the second period.
Senior Rhonda Auradou defeated Langlois by fall 1:20 into the first period.
Pinedale vs. Big Piney – boys
Nutt defeated Jackie Meador by an 11-1 major decision. Duarte-Villa pinned Nate Brown at 4:12.
Hammer won by fall against Saki Meador.
Junior Dustin Larsen pinned Caden Clifford in the second period. Freshman Landon Fornstrom beat Brandon Jones by fall at 3:10.
Senior Tucker Kelly fought Braunsn Smith through three periods to win by a 7-2 decision. Dauwen pinned Roger Young in the first period. Green defeated Thomas Howard by a 3-2 decision.
Sophomore Cash McCann pinned Travis Reed at 3:56.