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www. LovellChronicle.com January 29, 2009 I The Lovell Chronicle I 9 Grizzly wrestlers strong at Bobcat I,nvite BY CHARLiE MONK After a strong tourna- ment in Pavillion the Griz- zly wrestlers traveled to Thermopolis for the Bobcat Invitational Friday and Sat- urday, "We took sixth out of 18; it was a good tournament," said coach Josh Collins. The Grizzlies had two champions in Thermop. JR Vezain, wrestling at 135 pounds, beat Brett Lynch of Shoshoni, Jesse Olsen of Rivert0n and Sheldon Buck- ingham of Colstrip, all by pins. In the championship match he fought Derek Zei- gler of Colstrip and came out on top 8-1 to place first. The other champion for Rocky Mountain was the heavyweight, Sean Thomp- son. He pinned Pat Rouane of Colstrip and Kaleb How- ard of Riverton. In the third and final match with Derek Miller of Riverton, Thomp- son wrestled into the third period, which was the lon- gest match of the year for him. "JR and Scan had a wonderful tournament," Collins said. "Before pin- ning his kid, Scan had his longest match this year. It's a big tournament and it's nice to see the two captains doing good." Ben Cook competed at 119 pounds and placed sixth. "He went 2-3, but he was stuck with the number one kid right off the bat," Collins said. "He's wrestling better and I have a lot of high expectations for him." Max Vichi from Big Pin- ey, the number one seed, pinned Cook in the first pe- riod. Cook then won his next two matches, first beating Colter Watsabaugh of Jack- son by a second-period pin, then defeating Sterling Jor- ganson of the Star Valley JVs by a score of 15-2. Cook then lost to Dylan Ostdiek of Jackson on a second-period pin and lost his last match to place sixth. Ty Wambeke wrestled at 135. He lost to Trevor Al- len from Riverton and Mat- thew Endecott of Kemmer- er, both by pins. The next match, against Matt John- son of Riverton, ended with Wambeke getting a pin half- way through the third peri- od. "The team and I were very happy to see how excit- ed he (Wambeke) was and we were, too, at that hard- fought win," Collins said. Wambeke then wrestled Trevor Ryan and Matthew Endecott again, dropping both matches by a pin. Placing sixth at 160 pounds was Josh Pingleton. "This was the first time he has placed at the Thermop- olis tournament," Collins said. Pingleton won his first match by pinning Shay Hor- ton of Wind River, then was pinned by Derek Griffin of Riverton. Pingleton got an- other pin against teammate Derek Dunlap, beat Jus- tin Artey from Lander 1-0 then defeated Kyle Larson of Thermopolis 10-3. In the last match he wrestled Hor- ton in a tough loss, 9-3. Dunlap also wrestled at 160 pounds for the Grizz. He was first pinned by Michael Runner of Wind River, then lost to teammate Pingleton followed by Runner again. However, Dunlap did beat Kyle Osborne of Lander 6-0 before losing to Karl Pag- nant of Rawlins by a pin. Kaleb Hoyt placed third at the 160-pound spot. He beat Kole Wines of Star Val- ley JV 6-0, then pinned Nate DeBruycker of Colestrip. In a hard fought match against Chayce Goton of Greybull he fell on a pin. He then beat Dylan Masturd of Kemmer- er 18-4 then DeBruycker again, this time beating him 6-0. At 189 pounds, wres- tling for the first time this year, Casey Pickett took first in his bracket. He lost his first two matches to Cory Sybrant of Colstrip by a pin, then a close 2-1 decision to Coleman Stanger of Wind River. He then went on a roll and beat Mitchell Allred of Star Valley JV 14-6 then pinned Gabriel Villegas of Greybull and Cam Tarnes of Wind River to place first. JR Vezain works on a Greybull opponent at the quadrangular meet Jan. 9 in Greybull. "It was his first tourna- ment of the year," said Col- lins, "I expect a lot of him in the future. He has a lot of potential and I'm excited to see how he does in the fu- ture." Second place at 171 pounds went to Kacee Thompson. "He went in seeded number three and came out number two," Collins said. "He lost to a kid from Riv- erton who was a good kid. There are little things we have to work on in the room, but he has a lot of potential for great things." Kacee started the tour- nament by pinning Matt Hitt from Riverton, then beat Colten Marrow of Land- er 7-5. In the championship round he lost to Derek Mill- er of Riverton by a pin. This Saturday the Griz- zly grapplers travel to the Greybull Invite. Wrestling starts at 10 a.m. Four Bulldogs place at Thermop tourney BY BRAD DEVEREAUX The Lovell Bulldogs made a change of plans and instead of compet- ing in the Buffalo Du- als, they headed down to Thermopolis for the Bobcat Invitational this weekend, which fea- tured tough 2A and 3A competition from teams all over the state. Lovell finished 13th out of 16 teams with 41 team points. The Bull- dogs placed two var- sity wrestlers and two in the impromptu JV bracket. Senior Rory Smith (130) went 3-2 in the tournament, beating Austin Nicholson of Rawlins 6-5, Brandon Aullman of Star Valley 8-7 and Nate Hetzel of Greybull for fifth place. Ben Cuch (145) went 1-3, losing twice before beating Jordan Thor of Jackson in the third round. He lost 12-8 to Chris Ryan of Thermop in the final round, placing sixth. Wrestlers who lost two varsity matches Friday were placed in a JV bracket. Jesse Bassett and Brigham Hopkin entered the JV bracket Saturday and both went undefeated, winning their respec- tive weight classes. Bassett pinned Jori Mourer in 53 seconds, Jarrett David of River- ton in 24 seconds and Derek DeBolt of Land- er in the second period to win first place. Hopkin quickly pinned a Lander op- ponent and pinned Ty- ler Ritchie in the sec- ond period, taking first place. Assistant coach Isaac Mayes said the team "stepped it up" and wrestled well, avoid- ing getting pinned and losing a lot of matches by just a few points. He mentioned strong per- formances from Jared Asay (2-2 at 189), Mark Grant (3-2 at 171) and many of the freshman wrestlers, who got a lot of time on the mat. Coach Dane Mickel- son said the Bulldogs have been more aggres- sive while shooting for a takedown right after the whistle. Junior Chris Wedde (125) won his first match of the season, Mayes said, pinning Kaylie Smith of Rawl- ins 2:53 into the match. Jackson Bassett and Darren Ballard were sick and did not wrestle at Thermop. Friday, the Bull- dogs will travel to dual against Worland. Mayes said Worland is a top 3A team and the contest should give the Bulldogs a challenge. Varsity wrestling be- gins at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, Lovell will compete in the Greybull Tourna- ment. Mayes said the many local 2A and 3A teams will be at Grey- bull and he is confident that some Lovell wres- tlers will place. Action begins at 10 a.m. BR~ De~ux Rory Smith (left) looks over his shoulder while throwing an opponent at the Poweil Invitational Dee. 5-6. Lady Grizz jump into conference play BY BRAD DEVEREAUX The Rocky Mountain Lady Grizzlies fought for a spot among two 2A Northwest conference teams this weekend and came out in the middle with one win and one loss, bringing them to a 2-1 conference record. The Lady Grizz host- ed the Greybull Lady Buffs Friday in Byron. The Grizz started and finished strong, but had two shaky middle quar- ters. After being cursed with terrible free throw shooting in the first three quarters, the Lady Grizz focused in the final quarter to improve their shooting from the line, helping them to a 45-43 win over Greybull. "We were hoping it wasn't going to be as close as it was," coach Ryan Boettcher said. '~We got the win, which was the most important thing. The players gained some confidence, knowing we could win even when we were in foul trouble." Boettcher said the team started off strong, but they forgot about what got them the lead in the second quar- ter, giving up rebounds and being out-hustled BRAn DEWP~AUX Melissa Barnes throws a pass wile running down the court with Greybull defender Betsy Nuttall. by the Lady Buffs. Both teams got into foul trou- ble Friday, with nine Greybull fouls and sev- en Grizz fouls in the first half and more than 10 for each team in the sec- ond. The Lady Grizz shot 10-32 from the line. They had a tough time ear- ly on, making only two out of 15 attempts in the first three quarters, but improved in the fourth quarter, hitting eight out of 17. "We still need to im- prove, but we made them when we needed to," Boettcher said. The game was close and with many fouls and time-outs, the final quar- ter stretched on. Kelsey Van Lake hit a three- pointer to put the Grizz up 44-38, but the Buffs answered back with two more points and a trey by Taylor Brown, put- ting the Buffs within striking distance at 45- 43. Tough Grizz defense and foul shots from Me- lissa Barnes, Cassie Bro- st and Calli Ward sealed the deal for the Lady Grizz at the buzzer. Blackburn sank five baskets for 10 points, Barnes and Higgins had 8 points, Brost 6, Ward and Olson 5 each and Van Lake 3. Brost, O1- son and Van Lake each scored one trey. Saturday, the Lady Grizzlies traveled south to Basin to face the con- ference leading Riverside Lady Rebels. The Rebels played like Boettcher ex- pected them to as one of the top teams in the state, he said, making a lot of shots and not many mistakes to defeat the Grizz 50-33. Riverside put pres- sure on the Grizz throughout the game and Rocky Mountain players handled it well, the coach said, only giv- ing up a few turnovers to the pressure. The Rebels would not conform to the Grizz defense, though, and edged them a few points in each quarter, 17-9, 6-5, 16-11 and 11-7. The Grizz tipped the scales toward Riverside with 10 or more team fouls in both halves of the game. Riverside had nine team fouls in the first and 10 in the second half. Barnes, Blackburn and Higgins led the team with 9 points each, Olson and Allred 2 each and Van Lake and Ward 1 each. The Grizz shot just under 50 percent from the foul line, sinking 7 of 15 attempts. CHALLENGING WEEKEND Entering their eighth week of play, Rocky Mountain will meet Thermop for the first time this season Friday, Jan. 30, at 5:30 p.m. in Byron. JV action begins at 4 p.m. Thermopolis has been established as one of the stronger teams in the 2A Northwest confer- ence. The Lady Bobcats are coming off a split last week - losing 43-31 to Riverside and winning 43-39 to the 3A Worland Lady Warriors. On Saturday, the Lady Grizzlies will travel for a game in Pow- ell against the 3A West Lady Panthers with games at 4 p.m. (JV) and 5:45 (varsity). Lindsay and Anderson place at BHSU college meet BY SIERRA PHELPS The Lovell indoor track team traveled to Spearfish, S.D., to compete in the Black Hills State Stadium Sports Grill Invitational Saturday. Assistant Coach Chad Lindsay and junior Tyler Anderson com- peted the day before in the college meet, which is open to anyone of any age. Both competed in the shot put. The college shot put is 16 pounds, compared to the high school shot, which is 12 pounds. Lindsay placed second overall, throwing 55 feet, and Anderson placecLninth, throwing 42-2. In the high school meet Tyler Anderson threw 48 feet, placing third, Michael Montanez placed 10th with a throw of 41-7. Scott Everheart improved this week, throwing 37-5. "We are working hard," Lind- say said. "Our goal is to peak around State, not before." In long jump Ben Long placed 12th with a jump of 18-6 and in the triple jump he placed sixth with a jump of 38-4. Jonas Kuehl ran the 1600 me- ters for the first time this week with a time of 6:07.96. Kuehl also ran the 800 meters, improving by almost 10 seconds from last week with a time of 2:36.90. Kaleb Leithhead competed in the 400m dash and recorded a time of 59.16. Leithhead also ran the 200m dash with a time of 27.21. "This week's meet was not as good as the opening meet but still productive toward our future goal, State, which is the beginning of March," coach Josh Sanders said. The three senior girls, Brandy Bullinger, MaKenzie Beck and Si- erra Phelps, all competed in the 800-meter run. Bullinger placed sixth, running 2:40.28; Phelps placed ninth, running 2:52.46, and Beck placed 14th at 3:15.45. "Sierra not only took first in her heat, she also shaved off around 12 seconds," Sanders said. Bullinger competed in the 3200m run, placing l lth with a time of 13:20.62. Phelps competed in the 55m hurdles, running 10.97. Beck competed in the 400m dash, run- ning 1:16.84. "Overall, the team didn't do as well as last week, but we are im- proving in specific areas," Sand- ers noted. The Bulldogs will leave on Fri- day to compete in the CSC Win- ter Classic in Chadron, Neb. The meet starts at 4 p.m. on Friday and continues on Saturday.