Grizzly grapplers wrap up regular season in Greybull

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David Peck

With the regional and state tournaments in sight, the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies competed in their final tournament of the regular season Saturday, wrestling at the Greybull Memorial Saturday in Greybull.
Eight Grizzlies competed in the 13-team tournament, and four won at least one match during the day’s action.
Sophomore Triffen Jolley went 2-2 at 144 pounds and missed the placing rounds by one match. Jolley fell to Isaiah Remacle of Wind River by pin in 5:21 in his first match, received a bye, then stuck Reece Whisenant of Greybull/Riverside in 34 seconds to stay alive.
Jolley then pinned Owen Foley of Cody in 1:39, but he fell to Patrick Haney of Powell by pin in 2:16 in the consolation semifinals. Haney went on to place third.
Freshman Sam Loyning also went 2-2 at 120 pounds. Loyning pinned Kolton Martinez of Wind River in 2:34 but was pinned in 42 seconds by eventual third-place finisher Colin McWilliams of Lander.
Loyning bounced back to beat Braxton Batt of Powell 13-7 but was pinned by Kade Haynes of Moorcroft, who placed fourth in the tournament.
Burlington junior Michael Bassett wrestled to a 1-2 record at 132 pounds, pinning Reed Deming of Cody in 2:36 for his lone win, and Burlington senior Hunter Aagard went 1-2 at 190 pounds, sticking Camden Schriner of Greybull/Riverside for his tournament win.
Also wrestling were sophomore Colten Bitton at 126 pounds, sophomore Jacoby Wachob at 132 pounds and junior Curtis Wachob at 285.
Junior Rebecca Herren wrestled in the girls tournament.
“The regular season is over for the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies. Now on to a recharge week as we ramp into Regionals,” head coach Eddie Whiting said. “The Greybull tournament was an eye-opener to see those in our conference for the final time this year. There were some young men and women who caught our attention. Triffen, Curtis, Sam, Michael and few others fell short in the blood rounds to place, but they still performed well. We will be working on minor issues and healing bodies from sickness and injuries.”
Coming up
The Grizzlies will be off this week as they prepare for the regional tournaments the following weekend. The Grizzly boys will compete at the 2A West Regional Tournament in Shoshoni on Saturday, Feb. 17, with weigh-ins at 8 a.m. and the first round commencing at 10 a.m.
Meanwhile, the girls will compete in Riverton Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17, for the all-class West Girls Regional Tournament. Weigh-ins will start at 11 a.m. Friday, followed by wrestling at 12:30 p.m. Weigh-ins Saturday are at 8 a.m., wrestling at 9 a.m.

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