Bentley Johnson works for a pin against a Jackson wrestler at the Thoman Wrestling Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 6. Johnson went undefeated in all eight of his matches. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Jan Moody)
The Cokeville Panther wrestlers had a busy week. On Thursday, Jan. 4, the Panthers hosted the Bear Lake Bears in a dual meet.
The Bears won seven matches and the Panthers won four. It was great for the Panthers to have the opportunity to wrestle in front of their home crowd.
On Friday, Jan. 5, and Saturday, Jan. 6, the Panthers competed in the Bill Thoman Jr. Memorial Wrestling Tournament at Green River High School.
This was a dual tournament where the Panthers had four duals each day. With three open weight classes and two Panther wrestlers injured, the Panthers struggled in winning the duals — but in head-to-head matches, the Panthers won more than half.
With a total of 101 matches wrestled, the Panthers won 55 and several of the ones lost were very close.
Bentley Johnson went undefeated, winning all eight of his matches. Spencer Brown received the Bill Thoman Spirit Award at the meet.
The wrestling team now prepares for the Don Runner Tournament. This tournament will be held on Jan. 12 and 13 at Wind River High School.