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10 I The Lovell Chronicle I February 16, 2012 Bulldog matmen thrash Thermop BY DAVID PECK The Lovell Bulldogs celebrated Se- nior Night at Winterholler Gym Thursday night as they hosted Thermopolis for a dual wrestling match. The evening marked the final home com- petition for seniors Preston Blankenship, Jesse Bassett, Dimas Patina, Adam Beck, Tony Rodriguez, Eli Moody, Brigham Hopkin and Mark Grant. It also featured the unveil- ing of the 2011 Class 2A state championship football banner and was attended by mem- bers and coaches of the title team. An enthusiastic crowd packed the west lower side of the gymnasium as Lovell rolled to a 64-12 dual victory. Thursday's match started at 132 pounds and pitted Jesse Bassett against tough Zack Larson, who won the Greybull Memorial on Jan. 28 and placed sixth at the huge Riverton meet the week after. After a scoreless first period, Bassett picked up six points in the second period on two near falls and went on to win go- ing away, 9-0, to get the Bulldogs off to a strong start. Coach Daniel Robertson said the Bassett win set the tone for the eve- ning. "Getting people there and having Jesse start the match off and beating a real good kid, I don't know after that. It just kind of rolled and got everyone excited really ear- ly," Robertson said. "That was their tough- est kid they had wrestling, and like Dino vs. the Gillette kid in Riverton, I was nev- er worried. He took him to town and beat him about the head and ears. I kind of liked that." At 138, Dimas Patina battled Cody Shinost. Shinost led 2-1 after the first pe- riod and 4-3 after the second, but Patina stepped it up a notch in the third, scoring an escape, takedown and near fall to beat Shinost 9-4. "Dimas started to forget what he's good NATHAN OSTER Lovell senior Mark Grant has been tearing up the opposition after returning recently from an early-season injury. Here, he works to pin an opponent during the Greybull Memorial Invitational on Jan. 28. The Bulldogs are off to the Regional Tournament in Shoshoni this weekend. at, then got in the swing of things and wrestled for real," Robertson said. "I'm not a fan of wrestlers locking up and trying to throw each other. When Dimas just started taking good shots and playing good defense on his feet he took the match over." After Adam Beck won by forfeit at 145, Nathan Grant battled John Burrows at 152, won easily, pinning him in 39 seconds to give Lovell a 19-0 lead. Jacob Beck won by forfeit at 160. The closest match of the night took place at 170 pounds, where Tony Rodriguez took Miles Galovich into overtime at 1-1, then took him down for a 3-1 win, putting Lovell on top 28-0. Galovich placed fourth at the Greybull tournament at 160. Rob- ertson said the match shouldn't have been that close. "Tony is really, really good defensively on his feet and is a good shooter. When he ties up and locks up with people it takes away what he's best at," he said. With Dino Collins and Eli Moody both having no opponent at 182 and 195, respec- tively, the next match was at 220, where Mark Grant dominated Jeff Bennett, pin- ning him in 56 seconds. Thermop was open at heavyweight, giv- ing Jacob Ashy the forfeit win, and Lovell led 52-0 on the scoreboard. Returning to the lower weights, Trey Smith of Lovell battled Vinchinzo Castle at 106 pounds. The much lighter Smith gave Castle a battle and was trailing 7-3 in the second when Castle turned and pinned him. Thermop had its first points, 52-6. After Preston Blankenship won by for- feit at 113, Jaccob Mickelson went toe to toe with tough Choc Maddock at 120. Mick- elson got the first takedown, and Maddock reversed him, but Mickelson escaped to lead 3-2 after the first period. In the sec- ond, Mickelson quickly gained the upper hand, turned Maddock to his back and pinned him 49 seconds into the period, put- ting Lovell up 64-6. "That was amazing," Robertson said. "Jaccob did incredibly well. He's back to what he looked like after the Christmas break." In the final match of the evening, Col- ter Brown of Thermopolis pinned Johnny Mickelson of Lovell in 1:15, making the fi- nal score 64-12. REGIONAL TOURNAMENT The Bulldogs will now turn their atten- tion to the Class 2A West Regional Tour- nament, which takes place Friday and Sat- urday in Shoshoni. Teams competing will be Lovell, Rocky Mountain, Greybull/Riv- erside, Thermopolis, Shoshoni, Wind Riv- er, Wyoming Indian, Dubois, Big Piney, Cokeville, Hanna-Elk Mountain and Kem- merer. Wrestling begins Friday at 4 p.m. and continues Saturday at 9 a.m. DAVID PECK Eli Moody signs his letter of intent to attend Rocky Mountain College on a football scholarship as LHS coach Doug Hazen (left) and parents Matty and Brad Moody look on. Moody signs to play at Rocky Mountain College BY DAVID PECK Another Lovell High School athlete will be taking his game to the next lev- el. Senior Eli Moody has signed a let- ter of intent to play football at Rocky Mountain College in Billings. The son of Brad and Matty Moody, Eli was looking at several colleges in- cluding Dakota State University in Madison, S.D., Jamestown College in North Dakota, the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., and Midland University in Fremont., Neb., but he de- cided to stick closer to home and play in Billings for the Battlin' Bears. Moody worked most closely with Rocky defensive coordinator Matt Hol- lowell during his recruiting process, he said, since he will is likely to play defensive end in college. The 6-3/210 Moody also played both defensive end and offensive tackle for the Bulldogs. He plans to study physical therapy in college and at the undergraduate lev- el will focus on exercise science, which will allow him tto work as a trainer while obtaining his advanced degree in graduate school. Moody will likely redshirt for one year, attending school on an academ- ic scholarship, he said. That will allow him to learn the system and put some weight on. He would then go on schol- arship as a redshirt freshman. According to Lovell coach Doug Ha- zen, Moody came on strong as a senior after he was injured during the middle of his junior year during Lovell's Home- coming game with Greybull. "Eli impressed me because he was one of the guys who improved the most from the beginning of the year to the end," Hazen said. "He broke his ankle the previous year, and you don't know whether guys will come back. We want- ed him to be more physical, and he did that. He became better at pass rushing and stripping the football, and he be- came a more physical presence on the line. "He was a good player right away but not a 'Wow! Look at that guy' play- er. But by the end of the season he was a consistent playmaker for us. He caused two fumbles in the state cham- pionship game. He went from being a contributor to being a major factor, a game-changer." After the season, Moody was named first-team all-conference, second-team all-state and honorable mention Super 25 through the Casper Star-Tribune. "I think this is going to be great for him. I'm excited for Eli. This is going to be a great fit for him," Hazen said. Grizzly frosh fall to Burlington BY DAVID PECK The Rocky Mountain freshman boys basketball squad hosted intraconfer- ence rival Burlington last Tuesday, Feb. 7, and fell to the Huskies 37-26. The game was tied 21- 21 after three quarters, but the home team outscored the Grizz 16-5 in the fourth. Caleb Horrocks and Jordan Arnold scored 9 points each, Tanner Cole- man 3; Cris Jurado and Joey Carroll 2 apiece and John Higgins 1. The Grizzlies wrapped up the season Tuesday, Feb. 14, at home against Powell. JVS SPLIT The Rocky Mountain JVs split a pair of games over the weekend, falling to Greybull Friday evening at home, 44-34, then edging the Riverside Rebels Satur- day afternoon in Basin, 45- 44, in overtime. On Friday, Rocky led Greybull 16-13 at halftime, but the Buffs came on strong in the second half, outscor- ing the home team 31-18. Joey Jewell led the Grizz with 10 points and Xavier Mangus added 9, Bill De- spain 6, Cannon Simmons 5 and Tanner Coleman 4. Saturday in Basin, Riv- erside led 21-14 at intermis- sion, but Rocky outscored the home team 12-5 in the third to tie the game and survived to force overtime during a wild 16-16 fourth. Rocky outscored Riverside 3-2 in overtime to win 45-44. Despain led the Grizz with 13 points and Coleman scored 9, Jewell and Caleb Horrocks 6 each, Mangus 5, Simmons 4 and Jordan Ar- nold 2...+ + The'+  "GrizZlies (11:7) will tra;e|:b5%ovell this +"fer- noon (Thursday) for a 4 p.m. tip-off at Lovell Middle School, then travel to Big Horn Satur- day for a noon start. GRIZZ GUYS Rocky outscored River- side 14-9 in the second half but could never make up the deficit. "Defensively, we got things figured out," Sim- mons said. "We held them to two field goals in the sec- ond half, but we needed to put up points. When you're down you need to score. "We got it down to three or four at one point with two or three minutes to go, but there was never a sense of urgency, no emo- tional energy. Our young players never experienced that kind of drain in mid- dle school." The Grizz didn't have a player in double figures. Ward and Romero scored 9 points each to lead the Continued from page 9 team. Wocicki and Bill De- spain led the team with five rebounds apiece, and Win- land led with four steals and three blocked shots. The box score: ROCKY (35) Michael Bernhisel 1 1-2 3, Shane Wocicki 1 2-2 4, Joey Jewell 0 0-0 0, Bill Despain 1 0-0 2, Kirby Winland 2 0-2 4, Derik Romero 3 2-4 9, Can- non Simmons 2 0-0 4, Bryce Ward 4 0-0 9. Totals 14 5-10 35. RIVERSIDE (41) Clint Getzfreid 4 1-2 9, Jordan Her- man 1 2-4 4, Mike Miller 1 2-3 4, Bryce Johnson 3 1-4 7, Tyler WU- liamson 0 0-0 0, Brynnt Wood 7 1-2 15, Ric DeNiz 1 0-3 2. Totals 17 7-18 41. Rocky 9 12 6 8-35 Riverside 16 16 4 5-41 Three-point field goals - Romero 1, Ward 1. Fouled out - none. Total fouls- Rocky 17, Riverside 10. FINAL WEEKEND The Grizz will play for a share of the Five Riv- ers Conference title when they travel to Lovell to- night (Thursday) to meet the Bulldogs at 7 p.m. (JVs at 4). The Grizz played very well for three quarters dur- ing the Jan. 26 game in Cowley before cooling off in the fourth in a 67-51 loss. Simmons said a Rocky- Lovell game "always creates its own incubator of emotion" and added, "We still have things to work on regardless of who we are playing." The Grizz will wrap up the regular season Sat- urday when they travel to Northeast 2A foe Big Horn for a 3 p.m. tap. RMMS Lady Grizz sweep BY CHERYL JOLLEY In a tight overtime game, the Rocky Mountain Lady Grizzly A team beat Burling- ton 23-22 last Thursday in Cowley. Top scor- ers for the game were Olivia Higgins with 8, Marissa Arnold 6 and Jamie Kite 5. The B team struggled, falling 18-5. Lilly Myers and Taylor Gilford each contributed 2 points. The C team followed with a win of 16-14, with Maddison Hocker netting 12 points, Kenne- dy Despain and Abby Arnold 2 apiece. At home again on Saturday against Meeteetse, the A team came out on top 24-15. Arnold was the high scorer with 14 points, while Higgins and Kaitlyn Hayes each contributed 4. The B team lost 19-15. Hocker led the Lady Grizz in scoring once again with 9 points, followed by Arnold, Brianna Brumwell and Summer Johnson adding 2 each. Final games of the regular season were Burlington, Meeteetse Tuesday, Feb. 14, at Powell. The middle school conference tourna- ment will be held in Meeteetse this year. On Friday, Feb. 17, the second-seeded Lady Grizz will meet Cloud Peak at 3:30 p.m., with the winner advancing to the champi- onship game Saturday at 11:30 a.m. The Rocky-Cloud Peak loser will play Saturday at 10 a.m. against the Ten Sleep-Meetee- tse loser, with the winner playing for third place Saturday at 1 p.m. Participating in the tournament will be Sierra Scott, Jamie Kite, Quinn Lily Myers, Brianna Brumwell, Kaitlyn Hayes, Mad- dison Hocker, Lindzy Thomas, Diamond Bettis, Kelsea Mayfield, Marissa Arnold, Olivia Higgins, Samantha Beltran, Karl Kawano and Taylor Gilford. Managers are Daniella Carrizal and Kimberlee Rowland. Head coach Carol McMillin is assisted by Doug Arnold and Mike Higgins.