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10 I The Lovell Chronicle I February 2, 2012 Healthy Bulldogs top the field to capture Greybull Memorial BY DAVID PECK Almost complete and getting tougher. That's the current assessment of the Lovell wrestling team as the team continues to heal up from some nagging inju- ries. With only Nathan Bal- lard still on the mend, the Bulldogs, now wrestling at nearly full strength, won the Greybull Memorial Invi- tational Saturday, winning six individual titles and placing 13 at the 12-team tournament. The victory didn't come easily, though. With Moor- croft and Greybull/Riverside breathing down their neck, the Bulldogs needed every win and every high placing to win the tournament. Lovell topped the field with 192.5 points, followed by Moorcroft with 185 and G/R with 153. Wright was fourth with 117 points. %Ve did pretty dang well," coach Daniel Robert- son said. 'Tee got a little bit of a scare from Moorcroft. They came out of nowhere on us. Their lower weights are tough. "We can tell we have a full crew now. Everything's better from the moment you show up. It's good to have everyone back." Senior Mark Grant re- turned to the lineup after healing and rehabbing from his early-season arm injury. The defending state cham- pion made short work of the competition at 220 pounds, pinning Troy Noel of Wright in 53 seconds and Zane Edeler of G/R in 1:30 for the title. "It was good to get Mark back," Robertson said. "He wasn't afraid to use his bad arm and did a good job still attacking. It's pretty obvi- ous he's dominant. It will be interesting to see how this weekend goes (at the Ron Thon Invitational in River- ton)." Facing a logjam in the middle weights, senior Brigham Hopkin elected to move up to 195 pounds, and though he was taking on opponents that out-weighed him by 25 or 30 pounds, he won the title with a 3-0 re- cord. Like Grant, Hopkin recently came back from an injury that had sidelined him. "Our middle weights are stacked up due to the weight classification changes," Rob- ertson said. "Brigham re- quested to go up, and it was very successful. He's still not in top shape, but he's a very good athlete and he's determined." Hopkin first edged tough Gabriel Villegas of GreybulY Riverside 3-1 in overtime. In a battle of wills, there were no takedowns in regulation. Villegas got an escape in the second period and Hopkin tied it with an escape in the third. Neither could gain an advantage in overtime un- til the final seconds, when Hopkin and Villegas went to the mat and Hopkins circled around him for control and the winning takedown. "Those two boys abso- lutely broke themselves against each other," Robert- son said. "They were smash- ing against each other." The win advanced Hop- kin to meet Zach Thompson of Powell, and in another nail-biter, Hopkin won 9-7 in double overtime, revers- ing Thompson for the win- ning points. All that did was ad- vance the Cardiac Kid to the championship match, where he had to face the top-ranked 195-pounder in the state, Cody Flynn of Du- bois. Hopkin got down early 5-0 but outscored Flynn 12-6 the rest of the way to win 12-11. "He had to come back and out-wrestle him," Rob- ertson said. "He had to out- score him, because he wasn't going to pin him (since Fly- nn was larger)." PATINA SAILS THROUGH Another eyebrow-rais- er was the strong perfor- mance of Dimas Patina at 138 pounds. Earlier in the season, Patina found him- self behind Jesse Bassett and Adam Beck. But Bas- sett went down a weight and Beck went up, leaving Patina alone at 138, and he took advantage of the op- portunity, going 3-0 to win the title. Patina pinned Hyrum Burger of Moorcroft in 38 seconds, crushed Tats Stin- son of Saratoga in a 19-3 technical fall and pinned Ja- cob Davis of Powell in 1:28 for the title. " "It's not often that you tech someone in the semifi- nals," Robertson said. "He has found his place. He found a home at 138. The hardest part for Dimas was wrestling varsity on his own team." Junior Nathan Grant broke through to win the 152-pound title, pinning Skyler Landerman of Cody in 4:53, beating tough Jake Jones of Rocky Mountain 4-1 and defeating Luke Zeller of G/R 6-2 for the ti- DAVID PECK Lovell senior Eli Moody puts the squeeze on Gabriel Villegas of Greybull/ Riverside during a consolation semifinal match at the Greybull Memorial Invitational Saturday. Moody won 6-3, then won again to capture third place at 195 pounds. tle. "That was a pretty neat story for Nathan," Robert- son said. "He just wres- tled his own match against Jake. He and Jake have dif- ferent styles, and he was able to wrestle his own style instead of Jake's style. He wrestled hard and fast and did exactly what we've been practicing. "With Jones, Grant and Zeller, you never know who's going to win. They will be the top three at State. They're all good." Senior Tony Rodri- guez went 3-0 to win the 170-pound title. He pinned Cory McFarland of Ther- mopolis in 1:21, crushed Clayton Svalina of Moor- croft 12-3 and battered Spencer Redland of G/R for the title, 12-4. "Tony wrestled really, really well," Robertson said. "He has one of the pretti- est, most effective sprawls I've seen in a long time. He flattens out and immediate- ly attacks. He gets a lot of his takedowns from other people shooting. He's very active on his feet, which makes him very danger- ous." At 182, Dino Collins made quick work of the competition, winning both of his matches to win the title. He pinned Drew Mc- Millan of Cody in 5:57, lead- ing 12-1 at the time, then crushed Sterling Baker of Dubois 9-0 for the title. "He beat Baker again," Collins said of the familiar foes. "Baker was getting closer, but this time Dino pounded him." OTHER PLACERS Two Bulldogs reached the finals but lost the ti- tle. match - brothers Adam (145) and Jacob Beck (160). Senior Adam Beck pinned Dustin Grands of Moorcroft in 2:34, stuck Jared Wantulok of Powell in 3:03 and edged Kodiak French of Wright 6-5. In the finals he met tough Corson Kerbs of Saratoga, falling 16-4. "Adam ran into a buzz saw in Corson Kerbs," Rob- ertson said. "Adam wres- tled well in Greybull." Jacob Beck crushed Miles Galovich of Thermop- olis 14-1, then met Nathan Hetzel of Greybull/River- side in the finals. Hetzel won 12-4. Senior Preston Blan- kenship was tough at 113 pounds. The defending state champ pinned Justin Smith of Rocky Mountain in 26 seconds, then ran into Kenny Sissons of Moorcroft in the semifinals, falling 8-3. He rebounded to pin Kyle Strasheim of G/R in 1:58 and Max Dickerman of Cody 5-1 to place third. "Sisson is tough," Rob- ertson said. "PJ rebounded from that loss. He just has to adapt to a higher weight (103 last year) and pay a lit- tle more attention to detail in practice. I think he has turned the corner. He has started to move like a state champion." Joining Brigham Hop- kin at 195, fellow senior Eli Moody pinned Brandon Shelstad of Moorcroft in 3:39, fell to Cody Flynn on a pin in 2:35, then battled back to beat his nemesis, Villegas of Greybull/River- side, 6-3 and capture third place with a 5-1 win over Shelstad again. "Eli wrestled hard," Robertson said. "tie did a really good job against the Moorcroft kid. Pie was real patient and wasn't going to be denied. He was very de- termined." Also placing third was Jacob Asay. The junior dropped his first match to Jakob Weyer of Wright on a pin in overtime, then pinned Trenton Kelly of G/R in 4:46 and beat Ja- cob Wells of Saratoga 2-0 to take the medal. "Jacob took kind of a tough route," Robertson said. "I was really proud of him. He has vrestled Weyer several times and is getting closer and closer. I think Jacob's getting it fig- ured out." Other Lovell results are as follows: 106 - Freshman ris- ten Snyder went 1-3 to place sixth, and fellov fresh Trey Smith went 0-2. 120 - Freshman Jaccob Mickelson went 0-2. 126 - Freshman John- ny Mickelson went 1-2. 132 - Senior Jesse Bas- sett pinned Levi Kelly of G/R in 1:47, then hurt his neck in a 4-2 loss to JJ lYlar- tinez' of Wright. Pie Look injury defaults in his next two matches to place sixth. Robertson said he should be OK. 132 - Sophomore Hyrum Hopkin went 2-2. "Hyrum just 10st at the wrong time," Robertson said. "He lost to the eventu- al champion (Zack Larson of Thermop) and the eventual third-placer (Toby leynolds of Moorcroft). It vas kind of a tough row to hoe. I-Iyrum always wrestled tough." 145 - Freshman Daniel Strom went 0-2. 152 - Freshman Zeke Collins went 0-2. RIVERTON NEXT The Bulldogs will travel to Riverton this weekend for the annual Ron Thon Me- morial Tournament. Action begins Friday at 10 a.m. for junior iy wrflers at Riverton Mitidle Scho01:antl at 11 a.m. o varsity res- tlers at the adjacent high school. Both divisions begin at 9 a.m. Saturday. The Ron Thon is like an all-class state tournament, with most schools in the state participating. "This is a biggie," Rob- ertson said. "It's a tough one." He noted that the Bulldogs won't see the same kind of success they had at Greybull, but the experi- ence will be very valuable. Rocky's team of four compete at Greybull Basketball teams join the BY PATTI CARPENTER The relatively small team of four wrestlers from Rocky Mountain High School travelled to Greybull to compete at a tournament that was held on Satur- day. The team placed ninth overall against of field of 12 mostly larger teams. Tyler Lindquist placed third in the 106-pound weight class and Jake ...... Jones placed third in the 152-pound class. Lindquist wrestled four opponents, ending the. .... tournament with a 3-1 re- cord. He pinned his first opponent, Stetson Curtis of Worland, in the first pe- riod but was outscored by Kole Schell of Moorcroft at 11-9 in his second match. Later in the tournament he pinned Noah Wozney of Powell in the second period and outscored Nathan Mar- tinez of Wright 13-8. Coach Josh Collins is pleased with Lindquist's performance so far this sea- son. The match with Schell is only the third match Lindquist has lost this sea- son. Jake Loyning went 0-2 in this match in the 132-pound class. Loyning was pinned by Salvador Glen of Morland in the first period and Nathan Weyrich of Worland in the third. "He's starting to get NATHAN OSIER Rocky Mountain 152-pounder Jake Jones works to finish off his Moorcroft opponent, Chandlar Lawrance, in the third-place match at the Greybull Memorial Invitational Saturday. The Grizz will travel to Riverton this weekend. more and more aggressive, which is good," said Collins, who noted that, in spite of losses on his record, Loyn- ing is showing improve- ment. Justin Smith returned to a higher weight class this meet, wresting in the ll3-pound class. Smith wrestled at 106 in his last few meets, which his coaches felt was more ap- propriate for his size, but he did not make weight for the lower weight class in this particular meet. "He was liking 106 (weight class), but he just didn't make weight for that class this time," said Collins. "He wrestled two matches 2-0 against bigger kids." Collins noticed Smith's improvement in his take- downs in the last few matches and is seeing him continue to improve his technique in this regard. "He needs to continue working on his stand-ups and getting off the bot- tom," said Collins. Smith was pinned by his first opponent Preston Blankenship of Lovell in the first period and by Kyle Bartlett of Saratoga in the second period. Jake Jones wrestled in the 152-pound class. He pinned Brad Wagner of Moorcroft in the third pe- riod but was outscored by Nathan Grant of Lovell 4-1 in his second match of the day. "This is the second time his wrestled Nathan this season. He beat him the first time but lost after a close match this time," said Collins. "They're a pretty close match every time." Jones went on to pin Nathan McDonald in the first period and Chandlar Lawrance in the third. The boys will travel to Riverton next for a large tournament. The tourna- ment will take place on Friday and Saturday start- ing at 11 a.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday. The boys will have a full week to practice and refine their skills before compe- tition at regionals on Feb. 17-18. battle to fight breast cancer BY PATTI CARPENTER Lovell basketball teams will battle it out on their home court while helping fight the battle against can- cer at the annual "pack the place in pink" event that will be held on Saturday after- noon at Lovell High School. The annual event raises much needed funds that will help raise awareness and find a cure for breast cancer. Lovell High School bas- ketball players and other students have been selling pink T-shirts for the past several weeks for the event that will take place on Satur- day, Feb. 4 basketball games where Lovell will host Big Horn. Game times are 2:30 and 4 p.m. The fundraiser will also include a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and bake sale. Some pink items will be available for purchase at the event. Cash donations will also be accepted. All proceeds from the sale go toward entry fees in the Susan G. Komen walk. Last year Shelly Lohof, her daughter Cori Thomp- son and friend Elisa Tracy walked more than 60 miles in the event. All entry fees are used by the Susan G. Komen Foundation to help find a cure for breast cancer through research. Cost to en- ter the event is $2,400 per person. All proceeds are used to help find a cure for cancer. The event last year earned more than $9,000. For more information, con- tact Lohof at 899-4962 or 548-6492. Championship banners to be unveiled Saturday at game Two championship teams from the 2010-11 school year at Lovell High School will be honored Sat- urday during the Pack the Place in Pink basketball games against Big Horn at the LHS Johnny Winterhol- ler Gym. According to Lovell Ath- letic Director Joe Koritnik, the 2011 Lovell girls basket- ball and girls track teams will be honored for their Class 2A state champion- ships, and the championship banners will be unveiled. The honors and unveil- ing ceremony will take place at halftime of the Lovell-Big Horn boys basketball game, which begins at 4 p.m.