SHERIDAN — Sheridan wrestlers flew out of their holiday break, winning all but three matches in a 56-18 dual win over Riverton Friday night at Sheridan High School.
Clayne Standish, Hayden Hastings, Wyatt Avery, Adam Barber and Dane Chambers all earned pins as the Broncs made quick work of the Wolverines, showing little rust after a two-week rest from competition.
It was just the way head coach Tyson Shatto wanted his team to start the weekend as they enter a three-dual day Saturday, hosting three schools from Billings in the Border Wars.
“Up and down the lineup I was proud of the way this team came out and fought tonight,” he said. “It was the way we practiced all week. We grinded, we went through a lot of technique, we told these guys if they come out here and push the pace that they’ll find themselves in a position to win these matches.
“These guys responded tonight, they came out from the start of the whistle to our very last match.”
The Broncs only losses came in three pins, with setbacks at 152 and 160 pounds briefly interrupting what had become an unassailable lead after they had won the first seven matches. Freshman Trenten Heil got things started, dominating his 106-pound opponent Devon Martinez on the way to a 12-4 decision. Next, Braxton Cooper (113) won easily by 17-2 technical fall over Joey Ladd, and Standish quickly pinned his opponent Mike Menzies as the Broncs built a 15-0 lead.
Bronc Tucker Goss won a back-and-forth battle in an injury default as his opponent Mike Menzies succumbed with Goss leading 8-3.
Hastings then pinned Hank Osborne in the second period of their 132-pound bout.
Avery made easy work of Austin Locker at 138 pounds, and the senior 145-pounder Barber pinned Max Batista with 36 seconds remaining in the first period.
Broncs Reno Skinner (152) and Jacob Hallam (160) were pinned consecutively, but senior Timmy Cowan got Sheridan back on track with a solid 5-0 decision over Reece Prosser in which he controlled the mat for the large part of the match.
Senior and two-time All-American Cody Delk was clinical, earning multiple takedowns in each of the three rounds for a 13-4 victory over Chris Holcomb.
With the Broncs up on the scoreboard 46-12, senior Zach Shatek suffered a pin at the hands of Kyle Page at 195 pounds.
But Chambers put on a show after that, earning a late second-period pin of Wyatt Whichelhaus.
Finally, Krisjain Yager kept the crowd going, capping the dual with a 14-2 decision over David Romero.
Today, Sheridan duals Billings West, Skyview and Senior in that order, with action beginning at 10 a.m., at SHS.
Shatto said he expects a closer battle.
“It’s going to be picked up a notch,” he said. “These kids know it. They thought this was a good opportunity to come out and feel this atmosphere, kind of get back from the break, get a match under our belts, and then we’ll be able to adjust to some tougher matches tomorrow. They know they’re going to be in a dogfight but they’re ready.”
Entering Saturday, Sheridan has won seven of its last nine duals.
Sheridan Broncs vs. Riverton Wolverines
W Trenten Heil def. Devon Martinez 12-4 dec.
W 113 Braxton Cooper def. Joey Ladd, 17-2 tech. fall
W 120 Clayne Standish def. Gavin Wilson, fall
W 126 Tucker Goss def. Mike Menzies, Inj. default
W 132 Hayden Hastings def. Hank Osborne, fall 2:31
W 138 Wyatt Avery def. Austin Locker, fall 3:53
W 145 Adam Baldwin def. Max Batista, fall SHS leads 39-0
L 152 TJ Turner def. Reno Skinner, fall
L 160 Koa Rodriquez def. Jacob Hallam, fall 3:59
W 170 Timmy Cowan def. Reese Prosser 5-0 dec.
W 182 Cody Delk def. Chris Holcomb 13-4 dec.
L 195 Kyle Page def. Zack Shatek, fall 0:57
W 220 Dane Chambers def. Wyatt Whichelhaus fall 3:30
W Hwt. Krisjain Yeager def. David Romero, . 14-2 dec.
Final: Broncs 56, Wolverines 18