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SHERIDAN — The Sheridan High School Bronc wrestling team placed second in the 4A regional tournament this weekend.
The team had three individual first-place finishes, four second-place and two third-place finishes.
Braxton Cooper (42-7) at 106 pounds, 170-pound Timmy Cowan (28-11) and 182-pound Cody Delk (38-6) took home first-place finishes for the team. Each of these first-place finishers will head to state as the No. 2 seed for their weight. Cooper faced teammate Trenten Heil (17-11) in the first-place match, pinning him in 1:55, giving Heil the second-place finish.
The team finished the tournament with 186 points losing only to a decisive first place score of 264.5 by Gillette.
“We had a great regional tournament,” head coach Tyson Shatto said. “It set a lot of our guys up to do well at the state tournament.”
Additional honors were bestowed on the team as the Broncs were named the best dual team in the 4A East region and Shatto was named 4A East Coach of the Year.
The team will now head to the state tournament in Casper on Friday, bringing 20-state qualified wrestlers.
The placing wrestlers previously mentioned will join 120-pound Clane Standish, 126-pound Avery Ellis, 132-pound Gage Tyree and Colin Harnish, 138-pound Wyatt Avery, 145-pound Reno Skinner, 152-pound Zach Grasky, 160-pound Tyler Mauck, 195-pound Cody Welborn, 220-pound Zach Shatek and heavy weight Krisjian Yager, second-place finishers 120-pound Tucker Goss, 126-pound Hayden Hastings and 195-pound Tory Music, and third-place finishers 113-pound Kyle Burton and heavy weight Dane Chambers.
Round one of the tournament will commence at 9 a.m. Friday. Quarterfinals and first-round wrestle backs will kick off at 1:30 p.m. Semifinals begin at 7 p.m.
Saturday starts with wrestle backs at 9 a.m. and will feature third and fifth place matches at 2:30 p.m. and championship matches at 5:15 p.m.
Coach Shatto is confident the boys are ready for state and says they just have to approach it as a new weekend.
“We just need to control what we can control and that’s wrestling our best and taking it one match at a time,” he said. “We’ve had success all year and had different kids step up at different times but now we all need to step up and compete.”