Cokeville wrestlers earn third at state

The Cokeville Panthers wrestling team earned third place at the 2A state tournament in Casper on Saturday, Feb. 24. The Panthers had one first place wrestler, three second place wrestlers, and three third place wrestlers at the state tourney. (GAZETTE PHOTO / Jan Moody)

The Cokeville Panther wrestlers headed to Casper for the 2A State Wrestling Tournament which was held Friday, Feb. 23, and Saturday, Feb. 24.

The Panthers had qualified all 18 wrestlers at the 2A West Regional tournament the week before.  Eight of these wrestlers had previously competed in a state wrestling tournament, but for the other ten, this was their first opportunity to compete on the big stage in Casper. With hopes high, seven wrestlers advanced into the semi-finals. Friday evening brought the Wyoming Wrestling “March of Champions.” This event introduces each team competing and then recognizes all of the returning state champions. Following these introductions, the semifinal wrestling matches began.  The Panthers were able to have four wrestlers in the finals after both exciting wins and heartbreaking losses.  This left ten wrestlers coming back through the wrestle backs. Four Panthers received medals from the wrestle back matches: Wes Teichert (138) brought home sixth place; Brayden Johnson (170), Bentley Johnson (182) and Rick Nate (195) all finished with third place honors. In the finals, Ammon Teichert (145), Cordell Viehweg (152) and Antheny Petersen (160) each finished in second place.

Lochlyn Teichert (132) won his championship match against Kemmerer’s Carson Carlson after four overtimes.

“It was a nail-biter match with both boys competing very well,” coach Moody said.

The final team standings were: Moorcroft (273), Glenrock (193.5), Cokeville (169) and Kemmerer (168).

“The team had a great weekend at the state tournament and we look forward to next year,” said coach Marty Linford.