Jan 20, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorThree Lander Valley High School freshmen tasted victories in a 53-23 win against Rawlins on the road in a non-conference Class 3-A wrestling dual Thursday night.
At 106 pounds, LVHS freshman Kyle Carey won an 8-2 victory over Colby McCaslin. Carey scored two points on a takedown in the first period. In the second period, Carey had an escape, two points on another takedown, and three points on a near fall.
"I was really happy with the way Kyle wrestled," LVHS coach Nick Fulton said. "That kid had beaten us earlier in the year before Christmas. Kyle has really been working hard to develop some confidence. He wrestled outstanding."
Another Tiger freshman, Mark McConnell, pinned Austin Flackner in a time of 1:48 in the 113-pound match.
"We pumped Mark up to 113 pounds to fill our lineup," Fulton said. "Mark beat a kid that beat him earlier in the year. I was really impressed with how Mark and Kyle wrestled."
LVHS freshman Dennis Meeker pinned Tyler King in a time of 1:26 at 145 pounds.
The Tigers won at 120 pounds, 126 pounds and 152 pounds by forfeits against the Rawlins Outlaws. Forfeits are worth six points apiece.
"I was happy with the way we wrestled against Rawlins," Fulton said. "Rawlins had some open weights, but we have been battling illness all week. We stepped in and filled some guys in the lineup that were able to get some wins for us."
LVHS competed Friday and Saturday in a dual tournament at Green River. The competition ended with the "Best of the Best" finals among the top wrestlers from each weight bracket.
Lander 53, Rawlins 23
106 pounds -- Kyle Carey, Lander, dec. Colby McCaslin, 8-2
113 pounds -- Mark McConnell, Lander, pinned Austin Flackner, 1:48.
120 pounds -- Ty Alexander, Lander, won by forfeit.
126 pounds -- Andrew Von Rein, Lander, won by forfeit.
132 pounds -- Wyatt Murphy, Rawlins, tech fall. Noah Rohrbacher, 15-0.
138 pounds -- Justis Reynolds, Rawlins, pinned Tyrell Tillman, :48 seconds.
145 pounds -- Dennis Meeker, Lander, pinned Tyler King, 1:26.
152 pounds -- Seth Cole, Lander, won by forfeit.
160 pounds -- Jacob Miller, Lander, tech fall. Tyrel Smith, 20-3.
170 pounds -- Marcetine Espinoza, Rawlins, won by forfeit.
182 pounds -- Jason Hanson, Lander, pinned Chris Roberts, 1:40.
195 pounds -- Ross Sloss, Lander, pinned Pedro Smith, 1:00.
220 pounds -- Isaiah Velarde, Lander, dec. Joseph Springsteen, 10-5.
Heavyweight -- Woody Davidson, Rawlins, pinned Kegan Wells, :12 seconds.
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