Grizzly grapplers place 10 at Shoshoni tournament

David Peck

Continuing their recent run of success, the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies placed third at the Shoshoni Junior High Wrestling Tournament in Shoshoni Friday.
The Grizz scored 171 points to finish behind only Glenrock and Thermopolis and placed ahead of Wyoming Indian, Fort Washakie, Greybull/Riverside, Wind River, Arapahoe, Shoshoni and Dubois.
Rocky Mountain placed 10 wrestlers Friday, including two champions. Seventh grader Benson Jolley won the first-place medal at 110 pounds, going 3-0, all pins, and beating teammate Cache Thompson for the title. Thompson had two pins to reach the title match.
Eighth grader Alex Walker captured the crown at 220 pounds, pinning each of his opponents.
Sixth grader Brooks Brost placed second at 91 pounds with a 3-1 record, and eighth grader Jesse Ganoung went 3-1 at 105 pounds to earn the runner-up medal.
Eighth grader Zach Unruh pinned three straight opponents to reach the championship match, placing second at 3-1 when he dropped the finale, and Mason Richardson placed second at 165 pounds with a 2-1 record.
Sixth grader Xavier Hetland placed third at 115 pounds after forging a 2-1 record, and sixth grader Brogan King was 1-2 at 155 pounds, good for third. Michael Broederlow placed third at 175 with a 3-1 record.
Winning at least one match in Shoshoni were Hudson Moore at 77 pounds, 1-2 plus a forfeit; Madden Cooley at 77 pounds, 2-2; Rowan Hanusa at 98 pounds, 1-2; and Tejeo Scheeler at 120, 1-2.
“We are still working to improve. So much to teach and learn in such a short season,” coach Tim Jones said. “Alex and Benson won again and wrestled well in the process. A bunch of other guys made the finals or placed. We lost some matches that we just should not have lost, and we’ll go back in the wrestling room to try to figure it out and make the changes.
“We took 18 guys this week, the most this year so far. Hopefully, we will have everyone in a couple of weeks at conference.”
As the season end nears, the Grizzlies will host Lovel and Greybull/Riverside next Tuesday, Nov. 28, for a triangular at 4 p.m., then wrestle at the conference tournament Saturday, Dec. 2, in Thermopolis.