Cokeville wrestlers earn fifth place at 2A state tournament in Casper

COURTESY PHOTO / Josh Galemore, Casper Star-Tribune

Three Panthers earn state titles

Cokeville’s Lochlyn Teichert wrestles in the 138 championship match at the 2A state tournament in Casper last weekend. Teichert won the 138 class at state, and the Cokeville Panthers placed 5th. 

The Cokeville Panther wrestlers earned fifth place in the state tournament last weekend. Wrestling began on Friday, Feb. 22, at the Casper Events Center.

This year the Panthers had 15 wrestlers who qualified to compete in the 2A State wrestling tournament.

There were many loyal fans who traveled to Casper, fighting wind and snow for the state wrestling tournament.

Following two days of intense competition, the Panthers had six wrestlers who advanced to the placing rounds.

Bentley Johnson, Devan Moody and Wes Teichert fell in hard fought semi-finals matches on Friday night to put them in the consolation semi-finals. They all came back and wrestled tough on Saturday morning advancing to the 3rd/4th place matches. Wes Teichert (152) fought a good fight against his Kemmerer opponent but finished fourth. Devan Moody (160) defeated his opponent from Lovell in a 9-8 decision for third-place honors. Bentley Johnson (182) pinned his opponent from Wind River and also came home with a third-place finish.

The finals proved to be very exciting for the Panthers. Lochlyn Teichert (138), Ammon Teichert (152) and Brayden Johnson (170) all won their championship matches and earned All-state honors.

Lochlyn Teichert took his opponent to the third period and won with an 11-4 major decision over Moorcroft to repeat as a state champion. Lochlyn earned All-State recognition for the second time.

Ammon Teichert won in a battle against his opponent from Glenrock, going all three periods, winning 3-1 to take the win and be crowned as champion. Ammon earned All-State recognition for the fourth time.

Brayden Johnson was the final Panther to compete. His opponent from Southeast put up a good fight, but Brayden was able to win by a pin to also be crowned as champion. Johnson also earned All-State recognition.