Shorthanded Wranglers go 2-1 over break

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PINEDALE – Hitting the mats one last time before 2021 came to a close, the Pinedale High School Wrangler wrestling team competed at the Kemmerer Quads on Dec. 30.

Four teams – Pinedale, Lyman, Kemmerer and Bear Lake, Utah – participated in a series of duels.

Squaring off against Kemmerer, the Wranglers fought close with the Rangers edging ahead by five points to take the win, 36-31.

Determined to turn the tables, the Wranglers went on to trounce Bear Lake, 55-15, and Lyman, 50-12.

“The Pinedale wrestling team did a great job competing over the Christmas break,” said head coach Kendall Horrocks. “Pinedale was missing a few athletes due to the winter break and we are still battling a few injuries, but overall, the team wrestled well. It was a close loss against Kemmerer – a surprise loss – but Kemmerer is a very strong team.”

Three Wranglers swept the duels and went undefeated. Senior Cody Phelps, competing at 138 pounds, senior Wyatt Madole at 160 pounds and junior Ian Cantu at 285 pounds each finished the meet with perfect 3-0 records.

Seniors Skyler Erickson (182 pounds), Colton Gehlhausen (138 pounds), sophomore Jake Hammer (132 pounds) and freshman Ryan Nutt (113 pounds) tallied 2-1 records.

The Wranglers won nine rounds against Bear Lake. Nutt, freshman Garrett Madole, Hammer, Phelps, Gehlhausen, Wyatt Madole, Erickson, sophomore Austin Green and Cantu all scored wins against their opponents from Utah.

In the duel against Lyman, winners included sophomore Eian Smith, Phelps, Gehlhausen, Wyatt Madole and Cantu.

Kemmerer duel results

Nutt opened the action with a win against Austin Ruvalcaba, pinning his adversary 1 minute, 20 seconds into the first period.

Hammer battled Connor Vickrey through three periods, pulling out a win by a 12-0 major decision.

Phelps took on Ayden Kelley. The bout went into the second period where Phelps pinned his opponent in 7 seconds.

Wyatt Madole took down Tyler Stokes by fall with 8 seconds remaining on the clock in the first period.

In the next round, Erickson defeated Landon Heaps with a pin in the second period.

Rounding out the victories, Cantu edged John Platt out by a 7-5 decision following three close periods.

Back in action for the New Year, the Wranglers travel to Vernal, Utah, for the two-day Tournament of Champions on Jan. 7-8.

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