At the top – Mountain View’s Drake Menck, right, claims the top rung after being earning the 3A West Regional Championship in his division. Menck wrestled as a 182 pounder. COURTEY PHOTO
By Ben Carr
MOUNTAIN VIEW – Saturday afternoon at the WHSAA 3A West Regional wrestling championships in Rees Fieldhouse at MVHS, Mountain View senior Drake Menck was the only valley wrestler to capture a regional championship.
Going into the tournament as the number one seed at 182 pounds with a varsity season record of 39 – 4, Menck pinned Lander’s Jason Hanson :32 seconds into the second round with a head and arm throw.
In the tournament, Menck had a first round bye, followed by a first round pin of Brannen Hedden of Lander. Chris Erickson of Star Valley, the eventual third place winner, injury defaulted to Menck in the semi-final round without stepping onto the mat.
Second place finisher, Hanson, himself a senior had a record of 39 – 14. Hanson was the number two seed in the tournament. Hanson decisioned Griffin Lusty of Star Valley, and pinned Spencer Shultz of Powell on his way to the finals.
Menck has a four-year career record at MVHS of 146 – 29, and finished last year second at the state tournament. Menck enters the state tournament as a number one seed with a varsity season record of 42 – 4.
Other Valley Tournament Notes:
• 106 pounds, Brodie Douglass, Lyman, freshman, third place.
• 152 pounds, Talon Cook, Lyman, junior, fourth place.
• 285 pounds, Jerico Birch, Lyman, senior, fourth place.
Regional wrestling team scores –
1. Star Valley – 265
2. Powell – 258
3. Lander – 149
4. Cody – 145
5. Jackson – 85
6. Lyman – 76.5
7. Mountain View – 44
8. Pinedale – 32
For the complete article see the 02-22-2013 issue.
Click here to purchase an electronic version of the 02-22-2013 paper.