Brian Nicholson

Cheyenne Central senior 160-pounder Brian Nicholson wrestles Green River's Jon Ty Leininger in the semifinals of the Wyoming Class 4A state tournament Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at the Casper Events Center in Casper.

CHEYENNE – Cheyenne East junior David Stice scored a 7-5 victory over Cheyenne Central junior Adam Roberts in sudden-death overtime to reach the 113-pound championship of the Class 4A state wrestling tournament Friday in Casper.

Stice went 3-0 with a pin. He is one of three Thunder-birds to reach today’s state finals.

East – the reigning state champion – sits fourth in the 12-team 4A standings. Thunder Basin leads the field with 167.5 points, while Casper Kelly Walsh is second (155), and Green River third (144).

Cheyenne Central is eighth (97), while Cheyenne South sits 11th (27).

East junior Amos Solano reach the 120-pound final with an 11-3 major decision victory over Casper Natrona County’s Kyler Henderson in the semifinals. Solano also picked up a pair of pins.

T-Birds sophomore Jackson Hesford topped Sheridan senior Quinn Heyneman 15-12 in the 152-pound semifinals. Hesford also won one bout by fall and another by major decision.

East senior Shawn Smith (132 pounds), sophomores Blaise Ronnau (170) and Bradley Whitright (182) and junior Zac Higgins (220) all lost their semifinal bouts.

The T-Birds have eight other athletes alive in the wrestle-back rounds.

Senior 160-pounder Brian Nicholson was the only one of Central’s six semifinalists to reach the finals. He scored a 5-3 sudden-death victory over Green River’s Jon Ty Leininger. Nicholson also grabbed a pair of second-period pins earlier in the day.

In addition to Roberts, junior Isaac Lopez (106) and seniors Coby Goossen (182), Val Herd (195) and Tanner Martin (220) dropped their semifinal bouts. Goossen dropped a 17-14 decision after rallying from an 11-3 second-period deficit.

Central has five other wrestlers alive in wrestle-backs.

South senior 126-pounder Mikey Fischer dropped a 6-1 decision to Rock Springs’ Zack Vasquez in the semis.

The Bison still have Sage Shrove (106) and Dominic Dominguez (132) alive in wrestle-backs.

Burns-Pine Bluffs is 13th in Class 3A after the first day.

The Broncs had juniors Kyle Thurin (182) and (195) fall in the semifinals. Thurin was pinned by Star Valley’s Trent Clark, while Banville lost a 9-3 decision to Cody’s Charlie Beaudrie.

Burns had three other athletes alive in the loser’s bracket.

The tournament concludes today. The finals are scheduled to start at 3:45 p.m.

PREP WRESTLING

CLASS 4A STATE TOURNAMENT

Team Scores

1. Thunder Basin 167.5; 2. Casper Kelly Walsh 55; 3. Green River 144; 4. Cheyenne East 137; 5. Rock Springs 127.5; 6. Casper Natrona County 114.5; 7. Sheridan 104; 8. Cheyenne Central 97; 9. Evanston 69; 10. Laramie 33; 11. Cheyenne SOuth 27; 12. Campbell County 11.

Cheyenne Central results

106 pounds: I. Lopez 2-1; 113: Roberts 2-1; Hilliker 1-2; 132: Ennis 1-2; 138: King 1-2; 145: Vroman 2-1; Marks 1-2; 152: J. Dilly 1-2; 160: B. Nicholson 3-0; N. Lundberg 2-1; 170: Gauthier 2-1; Johnson 2-1; 182: Goossen 2-1; 195: Herd 2-1; 220: Martin2-1; Bjorkquist 1-2; 285: Hill 2-1; Conine 0-2.

Cheyenne East results

106 pounds: Trujillo 2-1; 113: Stice 3-0; Mihalek 0-2; 120: Solano 3-0; Hoskins 2-1; 126: Vasquez 2-1; Dorrell 0-2; 132:  Gallegos 1-2; Cade Pugh 1-2; 138: Smith 2-1; Anderson 2-1; 145: D. Winchell 2-1; Roadifer 0-2; 152: Hesford 3-0; 160: L. Eldridge 2-1; 170: B. Ronnau 2-1; 182: Whitright 2-1; D. Lopez 0-2; 195: Mizel 2-1; Aragon 0-2; 220: Higgins 2-1; Brown 2-1.

Cheyenne South results

106 pounds: Shrove 2-1; 113: Jam. Wood 1-2; 120: Gregory 1-2; Trujillo 1-2; 126: Fischer 2-1; Silva 0-2; 132: D. Dominguez 2-1; 138: Wilken 1-2; 152: Lister 10-2; 170: Jac. Wood 0-2; 182: Garcia 0-2; 285: Serna 0-2.

CLASS 3A STATE TOURNAMENT

Team Scores

1. Star Valley 232; 2. Douglas 137.5; 3. Powell 127; 4. Worland 101; 5. Torrington 95; 6. Pinedale 87; 7. Rawlins 81; 8. Cody 57.5; 9. Lander 49; 10. Lyman 47; 11. Wheatland 43.5; 12. Riverton 40; 13. Burns-Pine Bluffs 32.5; 14. Buffalo 31; 15. Newcastle-Upton 30; 16. Mountain View 26; 17. Jackson 10.

Burns-Pine Bluffs results

126 pounds: C. Manolove 0-2; 132: Lo. Branigan 2-1; 145: Cudney 0-2; 160: M. Merryfield 0-2; 170: Clayson 2-1; 182: K. Thurin 2-1; La. Branigan 2-1; 195: Banville 2-1; 285: Siebert 1-2; Wouldrope 1-2.

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