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16 [ The Lovell Chronicle [ March 1, 2012 DAVID PECK Events like the State Wrestling Tournament bring both triumph and sorrow. Here, Lovell senior Jesse Bassett embraces his brother, assistant coach Jacob Bassett, after falling in the 132-pound title match Saturday night. DAVID PECK Lovell coaches (l-r) Skye Mickelson, Jacob Bassett and Daniel Robertson celebrate as Dino Collins pins his man in the 182-pound title match Saturday night at the State Wrestling Tournament in Casper. WRESTLERS Continued from page 9 In Saturday's championship match, Bassett met tough Brigham Teichert of Cokeville and fell 5-1. "Jesse had to beat a lot of quality wres- tlers to get where he got," Robertson said. "Teichert is a tough kid, anc the kid Jesse beat in the semifinals might be even tough- er. Those two both had a tough run to get to the finals. The lights (nervousness) might have gotten to Jesse a little bit." Bassett had pinned Teichert during the Regional Tournament in Shoshoni the pre- vious Saturday. "It was sad for him (to lose) but not completely unexpected that Teichert would come back to beat him this time," Robert- son said. "Jesse did a good job, that's all there is to it. "132 is an incredibly tough weight. There were records in the quarterfinals like 21-6, 30-7, 22-13, 35-10, 22-20, 28-19, 27-10 and 36-9. It was a tough road just t0 get to the finals." Senior Tony Rodriguez received an opening-round bye at 170 pounds, then pinned Travis Jinks of Southeast in 3:02 and crushed Spencer Redland of G/R 10-1 in the semifinals. Rodriguez fell to Jordan Johnson of Cokeville in the championship match, 7-2. "The kid just stalled on the bottom," Robertson said of the finale. "Cokeville stalled all the way through the finals. I hate it. Tony had to try and do something, because the kid wasn't moving. "Tony was in the finals last year, but he has gotten significantly better. He had a great season (26-7). He's a stud. He's a very steady wrestler. He was almost never in trouble. He was a pleasure to coach." THREE THIRDS Senior Adam Beck finished his ca- reer in style. He pinned teammate Daniel Strom in 3:03 and stuck Cameron Braden of Moorcroft in 4:29. He fell to eventual champion Blake Mastrud ofKemmerer, 11- 4, then rebounded to pin Kodiak French of Wright in 3:32 and defeat Corson Kerbs of Saratoga 6-2 for third. "His third-place match was against a kid (Kerbs) who murdered him earlier in the season," Robertson said. "He wrestled out of his mind. He gave that Saratoga kid all he wanted. It was really awesome." Junior Nathan Grant placed third at 152 pounds. He stopped teammate Zeke Collins in 4:15, stuck Kaleb O'Connor of Burns/Pine Bluffs in 52 seconds and fell to Jake Jones Of Rocky Mountain 12-3. He re- bounded to pin Preston Neiman in 1:57 and Bronson Teichert of Cokeville in 4:11. "Jake had a game plan we hadn't seen," Robertson said. "Everyone is so even at 152, and they are all good at different things. There are some wrestlers we match up well against and some we don't. We knew going in it was a four-horse race. I loved watching him pin Teichert." Junior Jacob Beck, wrestling at 160, pinned Martin Fitzwater of Saratoga in 3:59, crushed Albert Lenerville of Sun- dance 12-0, then ran into nemesis Nathan Hetzel of G/R and fell 11-10. He came back to pin Daniel Magana of Wright in 2:37 and crush Justin Rickert of Kemmerer 16-1 to take third. "He had a spectacular tournament and a great season (28-9)," Robertson said. "It was a three-horse race. (Chris) Ryan (of Thermopolis), Hetzel and Beck are one, two, three. We're glad to get him back (next season). You're not going to find people who work harder than Jacob Beck, or anyone who is any tougher, either." OTHER RESULTS Two wrestlers placed sixth for the Bull- dogs at State. Senior Preston Blankenship went 3-3 at 120 pounds, pinning Mark Bal- lou of Shoshoni in 37 seconds, falling 13-2 to Zane Lewis of Wright, pinning Dan- ny Huxtable of Shoshoni in 4:02, beating Tanner Commerer of Big Piney 6-4, fall- ing via a pin in 2:34 to Matt Grovenstein of Greybull/Riverside and falling 10-8 in over- time to Choc Maddock of Thermopolis. Senior Dimas Patina also concluded his career with a 3-3 mark at State. Patina beat Cody Shinost of Thermop 8-4, dropped .a 9-4 decision to Anthony Samson of Sara- toga, pinned Jake McAdams of Big Piney in 49 seconds and Dylan Lookingbill of Wind River in 29 seconds, fell to Bonner Brown of Big Piney 6-2 and fell to Marty Thoman of Wind River 3-2 in overtime. Other Lovell results included: 106 - Freshman Trey Smith was 1-2, pinning Tabitha Mabe of Hanna-Elk Moun- tain in 2:04. 120 - Freshman Jaccob Mickelson went 0-2. 145 - Freshman Daniel Strom went 0-2. 152 - Freshman Zeke Collins went 1-2, winning one match by default. 195 - Senior Eli Moody went 1-2, pin- ning Dakota Falk of Hanna-Elk Mountain in 1:40. 285 - Junior Jacob Asay went 0-2. ACADEMIC AWARDS Two Lovell wrestlers have received ac- ademic awards for their performance in the classroom as well as on the mat. Mark Grant and Dino Collins were named Academic All-State wrestlers by WyoWrestling.com. A wrestler must place first through sixth at the state tournament and have the highest grade point average for his weight class in all three classifica- tions: 2A through 4A. Collins was named All-Star All-State and All-Academic for his overall wrestling and academic achievement throughout the season, and Grant was named All-Academ- ic for his high GPA at his weight class. The awards are provided through do- nations from companies and wrestling fam- ilies. For more information, go to www.wy- owrestling.com. 2012 State Tournament Resuks Rocky Mtn. High School Grizzlies !o:/umn iIS(NoSr) : :: Won Matt Dillion Shoshoni H.S. T-Fall 16-0 Lost Dallas Taylor Moorcroft H.S. Fall 1.27 Won Trinity Nitchmen Shoshoni H.S. DQ Lost Colt Larson Cokeville H.S. Fall .24 Won Jason Nelson H.E.M.H.S. Fall .46 Lost Kole Schell Moorcroff H.S. Dec 7-3 Won Trey Smith Lovell H.S. Fall 4;19 Won Nathan Martinez Wright H.S. Fall 3.37 Lost Tyler Pohlman Burns/Pine Bluffs H.S. Fall 2.56 Lost Colt Larson Cokeville H.S. Dec 7-4 tM Won Tucker Even Midwest H.S. Fall 1.54 Won Weston Louth Lingle-Ft. Laramie H.S. Dec 4-2 Won Nathan Grant Lovell H.S. M-Dec 12-3 Lost Luke Zeller Riverside/Greybull H.S. Dec 2-1 DAVID PECK The Lovell wrestling team poses at the conclusion of the State Wrestling Tournament Saturday night in Casper. Pictured are (l-r) coach Jacob Bassett, Jacob Asay, Nathan Grant, Eli Moody, Jacob Beck, Tony Rodriguez, Dino Collins, Jaccob Mickelson, Jesse Bassett, Brigham Hopkin, Mark Grant, coach Daniel Robertson, Preston Blankenship, Zeke Collins (hidden), Daniel Strom, Adam Beck, Dimas Patina, manager Holly Wilkerson, Nathan Ballard, Trey Smith, manager Nichole Wardell, coach Skye Mickelson and manager Krystina Croft. Lovell senior Mark Grant puts the squeeze on Wyatt Fig Houston of Hanna- Elk Mountain during the 220-pound semifinal round Friday night at the Casper Events Center. ::!: MAKENZIE BECK Lovell senior Tony Rodriguez works to control Cokeville's Jordan Johnson during the 170-pound title match Saturday night at State Wrestling. 2012 State Tournament Results Lovell High School Bulldogs Lost Nathan Martinez Wright H.S. Def Lost Trini Nitchmen Shoshoni H.S. Def i Lost Tyler Pohlman Burns/Pine Bluffs H.S. Fall 3.30 Won Tabitha Mabe H.E.M.H.S. Fall 2.04 Lost Choc Maddock Thermopolis H.S. Dec 8-5 Won Mark Ballou Shoshoni H.S. Fall.37 Lost Zane Lewis Wright H.S. M-Dec 13-2 Won Danny Huxtable Shoshoni H.S. Fall 4.02 Won Tanner Commerer Big Piney H.S. Dec 6-4 Lost Matt Grovenstein Riverside/Greybull H.S. Fall 2.34 Lost Tyler Clemetson Shoshoni H.S. Def Won 13frel Toomer CokeviUe H.S. Fall 3.31 Won Toby Reynolds Moorcroft H.S. Dec 8-6 Won Juan Jesus Martinez Wright H.S. Dec 3-2 Won Cody Shinost Thermopolis H.S. Dec 8-4 Lost Anthony Samson Saratoga H.S. Dec %4 Won Jake McAdams Big Piney H.S. Fall .49 Won Dylan Lookinghill Wind River H.S. Fall .29 Lost Bonner Brown Big Piney H.S. Dec 6-2 Lost Adam Beck LoveU H.S. Fall 3.03 Lost Brad Wer Moorcroft H.S. Fall 2.57 Won Daniel Jay Strom LoveU H.S. Fall 3.03 Won Cameron Braden Moorcroft H.S. Fall4.29 Lost Blake Mastrud Kemmerer H.S. Dec 11-4 Won Kodiak French Wright H.S. Fall 3.32 Won Corson Kerbs Saratoga H.S. , Dec 6-2 Lost Nathan Grant Lovell H.S. ST 4.15 Won Colten Petersen Lingle-Ft. Laramie H.S. Def Lost Preston Neiman Hulett H.S. T-Fan 18-1 ss2 Naamv.o ag- Won Zeke Collins Lovell H.S. ST 4.15 Won Kaleb OConnor Burns/Pine Bluffs H.S. Fall.52 Lost Jake Jones Rocky Mountain H.S. M-Dec 12-3 Won Preston Neiman Hulett H.S. Fall 1.57 Wol/ Bronson Teichert Cokeville H.S. Fall 4.11 Won Martin Fitzwater Saratoga H.S. Fall 3.59 Won Albert Lenervine Sundance H.S. M-Dec 12-0 Lost Nathan Hetzel Riverside/GreybuU H.S. Dec 11-10 Won Daniel Magana Wright H.S. Fall 2.37 Lost Spencer Redland Riverside/GreybuU H.S. Def Won Travis Jinks Southeast H.S. Fall 3.02 Won Spencer Redland Riverside/Greybull H.S. M-Dec 10-1 Won GabrielSpoonhtmter Wyoming Indian H.S. Fall .07 Won leffSkelton Burns/Pine Bluffs H.S. Fall.55 Won Ethan Archibald Kemmerer H.S. M-Dec 13-0 ,Lost Riggen Mclntosh Lingle-Ft. Laramie H.S. Fall 3.47 Won Dakota Falk H.E.M.H.S. Fall 1.40 Lost Colten Stees Southeast H.S. Fall .26 Won Dakota Falk H.E.M. H,S. Fall 1.14 Won Kodey Lamont Burns/Pine Bluffs H.S. Fall .24 Won Miles Galovich Thermopolis H.S. Dec 2-1 Won JeffBermett Thermopolis H.S. Fall .40 Won Logan Wilson Wright H.S. Fall 1.26 Won Wyatt Fig Houston H.E.M.H.S. Fall5.33 Lost Jacob Wells Saratoga H.S. Dec 5-1 Lost Dalton Linnan Shoshoni H.S. Fall 3.32