SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Broncs swept their first two 4A East conference duals of the season Friday night in dominating fashion.
Hosting a double-dual prior to the Lady Broncs win at Sheridan High School made for a crowded night in two gyms as the Broncs beat East 43-27, then topped Central 51-24.
The Broncs had a full eight days off since beating Kelly Walsh in Casper, and started off their conference season the way head coach Tyson Shatto wanted — making a statement as one of the top teams in the state.
“Our kids have been working hard, and we went out there and we wrestled as well as we can wrestle,” he said. “It showed on the scoreboard and it showed in the effort that the kids gave. I’m just proud of the way that they fought all night long.”
Against East, the Broncs used eight wins, four by pin, to beat the Thunderbirds, a team that finished as last year’s state runner-up.
Senior Reno Skinner got the crowd on its feet with a first-period pin to even things at 12-12. Teams exchanged wins for the first four matches, with Hayden Hastings (138) and Skinner (153) getting pins, while Colin Harnish (132) and senior Adam Barber (145) fell.
After a Tyler Mauck loss at 160, the Broncs reeled off three in a row, holding it from there.
While East star Tevis Bartlett was a no-show and Cody Delk won by forfeit, senior Timmy Cowan (170) and junior Tory Music (195) got wins. Music quickly pinned his opponent while Cowan won 14-11.
After that, senior Zach Shatek was pinned and senior Dane Chambers lost 3-2.
Braxton Cooper (106) took a 13-0 major decision, and Kyle Burton (113) and Tucker Goss (120) got pins before Gage Tyree suffered a narrow 3-2 defeat to close the dual.
In the Central win, Sheridan fell behind 18-5, but used a Cowan pin, forfeit wins from Music and Delk, and a Chambers pin to quickly regain the lead.
Cooper, Burton and Goss reeled off three more, and Tyree lost another hard-fought match, but the result was in hand. Sheridan will dual Cheyenne South and Laramie today at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. respectively. Both duals are at Sheridan High School.
“The key is to understand that you can’t just get up for one match or two matches,” Shatto said. “To get in the finals at state you’ve got to put four good matches together. We’re in the crunch time of the season where it’s just kind of a grind and you’ve got to keep moving forward and working hard and fighting.
“If they do that, we’re going to be in a position again (today) to wrestle well.”
East at Sheridan
W 106 Braxton Cooper 13-0 maj dec.
W 113 Kyle Burton pin
W 120 Tucker Goss pin
L 126 Gage Tyree 3-2 dec.
L 132 Colin Harnish second period pin
W 138 Hayden Hastings pin second period
L 145 Adam Barber pinned second period
W 152 Reno Skinner first period pin
L 160 Tyler Mauck 4-3 dec.
W 170 Timmy Cowan win 14-11 dec.
W 182 Cody Delk by forfeit
W 195 Tory Music first period pin
L 220 Zach Shatek pinned
L 285 Dane Chambers 3-2 dec.
SHS 43, East 27
Central at Sheridan
W 106 Braxton Cooper pin
W 113 Kyle Burton by forfeit
W 120 Tucker Goss 20-11 maj dec.
L 126 Gage Tyree 7-2 dec.
L 132 Hayden Hastings 18-6 maj dec
L 138 Colin Harnish
W 145 Adam Barber 18-2 tech
L 145 Reno Skinner pinned
L 160 Tyler Mauck pinned
W 170 Timmy Cowan pin
W Music win, forfeit
W Delk win, forfeit
W Shatek, forfiet
W 285 Dane Chambers pin 35-18 Sheridan
SHS 51, Central 24