The Moorcroft wrestling team was in a familiar position Saturday — atop the podium at the conclusion of the Wyoming State High School Class 2A Wrestling Championships.
The Wolves finished with 271 points to easily out-distance runner-up Glenrock, which totaled 216.5. Kemmerer was third with 142.
“This might be the best team I’ve had,” Moorcroft head coach Charlie Williams said. “We didn’t have any top-end kids, but these guys were so good together. Whenever one kid had a bad meet there was always someone there to pull up the slack.”
The Wolves did finish with three individual champs in senior Dylan Humes, who won his second title, at 120 pounds; junior Tucker Allison at 182; and junior Solomon Petz, a defending state champ, at 195.
“It was nice to finish my wrestling career with a win,” said Humes, who earned a 9-0 major decision over Isaac Ronning of Burns/Pine Bluffs. “Every year with this team the bar gets raised, but it always pays off in the end.
“It’s up to the senior class to pass it down to the younger guys, so that’s what we do. We tell them to work hard and have fun.”
The hard work has become a staple of the Wolves’ program. And that’s the way Williams likes it.
“Every year it seems like we have a team that works harder than the team the year before,” he said. “And I’m sure next year’s team is going to work even harder.”
Allison plans on doing exactly that. First, though, he was going to enjoy his 6-1 victory over Cokeville’s Rick Nate, who beat him at the West Regionals last week.
“It’s better to lose at regionals than at state,” Allison said. “I’m just so proud of this team. For us, it starts in the practice room ... and it helps that we have the best coaches in the state, or maybe even the nation.”
Glenrock, which competed in 3A last year, also had three individual champs in sophomore Tate Stoddard at 113, junior Joe Taylor at 126 and junior Jadon Williams at 285. It was the second title in a row for both Stoddard and Taylor.
The victory was especially gratifying for Taylor, who missed the Ron Thon Memorial Invitational, the Shane Shatto Memorial and the Big Horn Duals because of injuries and illness.
“I had to change my diet and I had to fight through knee problems all season,” he said. “So when I got here this weekend it was all about the mental game for me.”
Cokeville, which finished fourth with 112.5 points, saw its state-best streak of having at least one individual champion end at 15.