State Wrestling Finals

Kemmerer's Donny Proffit celebrates his victory over Shoshoni's Tryston Truempler for the 145-pound Class 2A state title at the Wyoming State High School Wrestling Championships on Feb. 23 at the Casper Events Center.

Kemmerer’s Donny Proffit and Hayden Walker will continue their wrestling careers on the same team.

The University of Wyoming announced in a press release Monday that the recent graduates had signed with the Cowboys. Also signing with UW were Jace Rhodes of Billings (Montana) West and Darrick Stacey of Shelley, Idaho.

Proffit was a four-time state champion for the Rangers. As a freshman he won the Class 2A title at 126 pounds while compiling a record of 41-6. He continued his success as a sophomore at 132 (43-3) and was a perfect 55-0 his junior season while winning the title at 138. Proffit completed his four-peat in February with a 13-2 major decision over Shoshoni’s Tryston Truempler in the 145-pound championship match to finish with a 54-4 record. Proffit went 193-13 during his four-year career at Kemmerer.

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Walker was a three-time state champion for the Rangers. After finishing third at 152 as a freshman, he won back-to-back state titles at 170 as a sophomore and junior and won at 195 as a senior. Walker went undefeated (50-0) this past season, winning his first three matches at state by pinfall and then earning a technical fall over Moorcroft’s Parker Schlater in the championship match.

Rhodes and Shelley were both three-time state champions in Montana and Idaho, respectively.

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Sports Editor

Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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