The Cody wrestling team is finishing strong, earning a third-place finish at the 3A West Regional in Mountain View on Saturday.
“It was awesome that the team placed third at regionals,” Cody senior Jeff Williams said. “Lyman and Pinedale were close behind us and both made a push for the top three on the second day, but we wrestled well enough to stay in third.”
Star Valley won the tournament and Powell took second.
Out of 20 Cody wrestlers who attended the tournament, 15 qualified for state in Casper this weekend, with seven placing in the top four.
“Finishing third as a team was a good accomplishment for us,” coach Trev Wood said. “Going into the tournament, we were concentrating on everyone giving their best performance.”
Charlie Beaudrie repeated as regional champion, finishing first at 182 pounds. He defeated David Walker of Star Valley 9-3 in the championship.
“I’d say my best match was my finals match,” he said. “I dominated the match the whole time and the only reason he scored points is because I let him.”
He pinned Andrew Jones of Pinedale and Bridger Harris of Mountain View to advance to the title match.
“It feels great,” he said. “I thought I wrestled really good against good competition.”
Three Broncs finished third.
Zain Fitzgerald (138) defeated Anthony Rigo of Pinedale 10-2 before losing by fall to eventual champ Haze Child of Star Valley in the semifinals. He pinned Caleb Hirschi of Star Valley to advance to the third-place match, where he pinned Richie Brewer of Lyman.
“Our seasoned wrestlers scored big points in order to make a third place finish a reality,” Wood said. “Scoring bonus points in the form of falls were Zain Fitzgerald, Brady Deming, Drew Trotter, Charlie Beaudrie, Danny Becker and Jeff Williams.”
Grayson Beaudrie (170) defeated Hunter Gines of Lyman by technical fall before losing to eventual champ Jack Sweeney of Lander by fall. He then defeated teammate Keaton Stone to advance to the third-place match when he beat Carson Vandeburg of Star Valley 9-5.
“Our freshmen scored much needed points to help secure a third-place finish,” Wood said. “Ghavin Vance and Dylan Campbell earned 11 combined points. Other freshmen who earned key points were Jackson Wood and Grayson Beaudrie.”
Williams (285) pinned Carter White of Star Valley and lost to eventual champ Parker Merritt of Star Valley in the semifinals. He then pinned Cody Cunningham of Lander before pinning Dallas Oliver of Powell in the third-place match.
“I was happy with placing third. The guy who beat me is very good and will likely win state,” Williams said. “My best match was my third-place match. I wrestled smart and didn’t make any poor decisions. I pinned Dallas Oliver from Powell faster than I have all season.”
Three Broncs also placed fourth.
Brady Deming (145) won his first match by fall and earned a 6-3 decision win over Garrett Popkes in the quarterfinals. After losing by fall to Hagen Lamoreaux of Lyman in the semifinals, he earned a major decision win over Riley Bennett of Powell and lost 8-2 to Kale Johnson of Star Valley to finish fourth.
Drew Trotter (160) lost in the quarterfinals but then pinned Ryan Ransom of Jackson, John Whitley of Lander and Joshua Semadeni of Star Valley. He faced Kaleb Bigelow in the third-place match and lost by fall.
Danny Becker (220) lost his first match but then defeated Trevor Condos of Mountain View and Kevyn Brisko of Star Valley by fall. He was pinned by Ricky Hoffman of Riverton to take fourth.
“My best match was probably my consolation finals match,” Becker said. “It was refreshing to be in the finals after so long of not wrestling.”
He sat out most of the season with injury and was happy to be back on the mat.
“It felt great and was a really refreshing experience,” he said. “I think I performed moderately well, but definitely felt rusty.”
One big disappointment for the team came when senior Matt Stroble had to injury default because of rib injuries, which ended his season.
“Even though I have gone through some injuries this season I was happy with how my senior year went,” he said. “These past four years of wrestling have been really enjoyable. Wrestling can be tough a lot of the time, but when you get your hand raised at the end of the match it makes it all worth it. I just wish I could be wrestling with my team at state.”
3A West Regional
Matt Stroble received a bye, lost to Sefton Douglass of Lyman by fall in 2:48, lost to AnnaBeth Bornhoft of Riverton by injury default.
Kale Mickelson received a bye, lost to Logan Wener of Powell by fall in :47, lost to Jace Warsinske of Jackson by fall in 2:03.
Jacob Caudle lost to Nick Cook of Lyman by fall in :54, received a bye, lost to Garrett Lund of Pinedale by fall in :35.
Ghavin Vance lost to Winston Green of Star Valley by fall in 3:36, received a bye, defeated Zach Schamber of Riverton by fall in 4:15, lost to Jacob Snell of Pinedale by fall in 3:50.
Dylan Campbell defeated Gabriel Robertson of Pinedale by fall in 1:02, lost to Brayden Andrews of Star Valley 15-0, defeated Paxton Garner of Lyman by fall in 2:01, lost to Gabriel Harris of Lander by fall in :34.
Zain Fitzgerald received a bye, defeated Anthony Rigo of Pinedale 10-2, lost to Haze Child of Star Valley by fall in 3:02, defeated Caleb Hirschi of Star Valley of by fall in 1:30, defeated Richie Brewer of Lyman by fall in :37.
Brady Deming defeated Stetson Davis of Powell by fall in 1:24, defeated Garrett Popkes of Riverton 6-3, lost to Hagen Lamoreaux of Lyman by fall in 3:10, defeated Riley Bennett of Powell 15-7, lost to Kale Johnson of Star Valley 8-2.
Collin Linderman lost to Riley Bennett of Powell by fall in 1:23, lost to Ryan Dunne of Jackson by fall in 3:44.
Jackson Wood defeated Tony Mickelson of Star Valley by fall in 3:09, lost to Seth Horton of Powell in 1:14, defeated Kade Fitzgerald of Cody 13-2, lost to Chevy Fackrell of Lyman by fall in 3:30.
Kade Fitzgerald lost to Keegan Gehlhausen of Pinedale by fall in :45, received a bye, lost to Wood 13-2.
Drew Trotter received a bye, lost to Kaleb Bigelow of Pinedale by fall in 3:24, defeated Ryan Ransom of Jackson by fall I :33, defeated Joshua Semadeni of Star Valley by fall in 2:08, lost to Bigelow by fall in 2:33.
William Thomasson received a bye, lost to Mark Walker of Mountain View by fall in 1:02, defeated Duane Rambel of Riverton by fall in 1:15, lost to Lannon Brazelton of Powell by fall in 2:44.
Grayson Beaudrie received a bye, defeated Hunter Gines of Lyman 18-1, lost to Jack Sweeney of Lander by fall in 1:52, defeated Keaton Stone of Cody, defeated Carson Vandeburg of Star Valley 9-5.
Keaton Stone received a bye, lost to Vandeburg of Star Valley by fall in 3:45, received a bye, defeated Carson Tims of Mountain View 13-2, lost to Beaudrie of Cody.
Charlie Beaudrie defeated Andrew Jones of Pinedale by fall in :52, defeated Bridger Harris of Mountain View by fall in :49, defeated David Walker of Star Valley 9-3.
Jace Grant lost to Walker of Star Valley by fall in 3:41, defeated JaAron Smith of Star Valley by fall in 2:00, lost to Harris of Mountain View by fall in 2:51.
Jonas Mickelson lost to Trent Clark of Star Valley by fall in :59, received a bye, lost to Colter Dawson of Jackson by fall in 2:0.
Danny Becker lost to Ricky Hoffman of Riverton by fall in 1:57, defeated Trever Conodos of Mountain View by fall in 2:35, defeated Kevyn Brisko of Star Valley by fall in :59, lost to Hoffman of Riverton by fall in 1:59.
Jonny Williams lost to Brisko of Star Valley by fall in 4:29, defeated Ty Spiess of Lander by fall in :37, lost to Hoffman of Riverton by fall in 2:20.
Jeff Williams defeated Carter White of Star Valley by fall in :41, lost to Parker Merritt of Star Valley by fall in :50, defeated Cody Cunningham of Lander by fall in 2:36, defeated Dallas Oliver of Powell by fall in :41.