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Moorcroft's Rowdy Pfeil flexes after winning the 160-pound championship match at the Wyoming State High School Class 2A Wrestling Championships last year at the Casper Events Center.

1 FOUR-TIMERS CLUB: Kemmerer’s Donny Proffit and Glenrock’s Tate Stoddard are both seeking their fourth state championships. Stoddard will compete at 113 while Proffit will wrestle at 138. The Wyoming Four-Timers Club currently has 19 members, but none from either Kemmerer or Glenrock. Powell’s Kye Catlin (2013-16) is the most recent four-timer.

2 LUCKY SEVEN? Moorcroft is the six-time defending Class 2A state champ and is the favorite to extend the streak to seven. But the Wolves, who don’t have the depth they’ve had in previous years, expect to be pushed by Kemmerer, Glenrock, Cokeville and Thermopolis. For now, though, the 2A title still goes through Moorcroft.

3 TEAM TEICHERT: Seniors Lochlyn and Ammon Teichert, along with junior Wes Teichert will look to keep a tradition going this weekend. Beginning in 2001, at least one wrestler with the Teichert surname has placed at the state meet. Lochlyn (132 champ), Ammon (2nd at 145) and Wes (6th at 138) kept the streak intact last year.

4 WRESTLERS NEEDED: There’s a lack of bigs in the state’s smallest wrestling classification. There are just 10 wrestlers competing at 220 and nine at 285. So expect the first round at those weight classes to go quickly as 220 features just two matches and six byes, while at 285 there is just one match and seven byes.

5 MOVING ON UP: After wrestling at 126 the past two years and finishing 5th and 2nd, respectively, Wright junior Dax Yeradi comes in as the top-ranked wrestler at 160. Yeradi continued an impressive season by winning the East Regional last week. In the fall he earned all-state honors after helping the Panthers make the playoffs for the first time since 2009.

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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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