State Wrestling Finals

Kelly Walsh's Kole Kraus wrestles Thunder Basin's Riley Mitchell in the 170-pound final at the Wyoming State High School Class 4A Wrestling Championships on Feb. 23 at the Casper Event Center.

Gillette Police Department are investigating a case of possible theft of donations made to wrestling clubs in Gillette.

Sergeant Eric Dearcorn of the Gillette Police Department told the Star-Tribune that he’s the active detective on that case and the department’s investigation is ongoing. As of Friday afternoon charges had not been brought in the case and Dearcorn said he expected the investigation to end in the middle part of next week. He could not disclose the total sum of money that had been taken from Gillette Wrestling and possibly more clubs.

Gillette Wrestling President Lico Sifuentes, who is head of the wrestling club that arranges and funds the annual Pat Weede Wrestling Tournament, told the Star-Tribune that he could not comment until an arrest has been made.

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This year’s Pat Weede Wrestling Tournament will take place Dec. 20-21 at Thunder Basin High School. Teams involved include Gillette, Thunder Basin, Natrona County, Moorcroft, Sidney (Mont.), Scottsbluff (Neb.), Rapid City Central (S.D.) and Bismark Century (N.D.).

Gillette Wrestling, a club not officially affiliated with either Gillette High School or Thunder Basin, offered local businesses four sponsorship packages this summer in effort to fund the 2019 Pat Weede Wrestling Tournament. Those sponsorship amounts ran from $75 to $500 and more.

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High School Sports Reporter

Brady Oltmans reports on high school and local sports. He joined the Star-Tribune in July 2016 after covering prep sports and college soccer in Nebraska. He also contributes to University of Wyoming sports coverage. He and his dog live in Casper.

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