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Menck’s dominating efforts brings home a state title for Mountain View

Posted: Friday, Mar 1st, 2013

Drake Menck gets a hold on his opponent as he prepares to get another pin on his thunderous route to a state title. COURTESY PHOTO/Stephanie Eardley

Editor’s Note:

Mountain View wrestler Drake Menck was named to the Wyoming Coaches Association’s 3A All State Wrestling Team.

The Mountain View boys were able to score high across the board, including a phenomenal effort by senior leader Drake Menck on his way to a state champion title for the Buffs.

The Buffs’ most impressive show of wrestling skill came from senior Drake Menck, who has been a team leader throughout the year. Coach Tim Gonzales said, “Drake capped off his senior year in dominating fashion as he pinned all of his opponents on his way to a state championship.”

Menck started his domination of the 182-weight class with a big win over an opponent from Glenrock, whom Menck was able to pin in a time of 0:42. Then, he went on to deliver defeat to a member of the Wheatland team, getting the pin in his second match in a time of 0:47. His third match, which would send him to the title match with a win, was against a Douglas wrestler, who Menck pinned in a time of 2:57.

Menck continued his dominating efforts as he entered the championship bout against senior Jason Hanson of Lander. Menck delivered the win with a commanding and convincing pin at 4:36 to claim the state champion title for his team and himself.

“This year has been a great year in wrestling.” Menck said, “The team did a lot of good work in the wrestling room and the kids were dedicated. I’m proud of the team and how they stuck with it. I am especially happy with the coaches and the work they did for us.”

Bowdy Long, a freshman for the team, was within one match of placing for the Buffs in the 138-weight class. Though he lost his first round matchup against a Star Valley wrestler, he came back to win the next two against competitors from the Cody and Rawlins teams. In the match that would have propelled him to placement, Long was unable to overcome the matchup against a Worland opponent and was eliminated.

“I worked hard and made it to the second day of state but was one match away from making it to the medal rounds,” Long said. “Next year I hope to continue to improve and place in the top six and eventually take state in high school. I had an awesome year as a freshman with my teammates and coaches, head coach Gonzales, assistant coach Collins and a very special shout out to Carl Menck and Don Brunski. All of my coaches helped me out a lot, and I am very thankful for their support. I couldn’t have made it through the year without them pushing me.”

For the complete article see the 03-01-2013 issue.

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