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Taking it to the mat: Valley wrestlers compete at ‘Battle in the Big Horns’

Posted: Monday, Dec 24th, 2012

Lyman wrestler Dustin Rollins against an Evanston wrestler at the Shoot Out at Evanston High School Wednesday, Dec. 19. The four schools that competed were Evanston, Lyman, Kemmerer and Cokeville. PIONEER PHOTO/Timilee Wilber


Pioneer Sports Correspondent

BRIDGER VALLEY – In Worland last weekend, the Lyman Eagles and Mountain View Buffalos sent their wrestlers to conquer over teams from Powell, Worland, Skyview and several other schools in the Battle in the Big Horns meet.

Cody Eardley, the coach of Lyman’s team, was impressed with his team. The Eagles were able to come together to beat a combined team of Kemmerer and Pinedale.

“The team has been doing excellent,” Eardley said. “I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on their aggressiveness while wrestling, which is good because the more aggressive they are in a match, the better they wrestle.”

The Mountain View Buffalos were able to take down a combined team from Pinedale and Green River Junior Varsity in the “round-robin” portion of the meet. The Mountain View team has had several experiences against teams this season which coach Tim Gonzalez described as “humbling experiences.” This includes taking a shut out from Star Valley and, once again, when they were beat 69 to six by Powell last weekend. Gonzalez described his team as “young” and “tentative,” and said they had some things to work on to improve, including learning how to “sit on matches” and “mentally prep.”

Both teams had a wrestler chosen to compete in the “Best of the Best” at last week’s meet. This part of the meet featured the best wrestlers of each weight class. Brodie Douglas represented Lyman in his weight class in the event. Up until that point, Lyman sources said, Douglas had been undefeated. However, in the Best of the Best, Douglas was outwrestled in the first round. For the Buffs, senior Drake Menck stepped up in the 182-pound weight class. However, Menck also lost out in a “hardfought” battle against a wrestler from a Billings senior. Gonzalez said that Menck “represented Mountain View well in the match.”

Both teams also competed in a shootout in Mountain View. The coaches both said it was a good opportunity to get some wrestling experience. Scores from the event were unavailable, but the meet was a good chance for the teams to face off and get some practice on the mat.

For the complete article see the 12-21-2012 issue.

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