SHERIDAN — The Sheridan High School wrestling team took third in state for the 4A division this weekend in Cheyenne.
The bronze ranking came from a team points total of 204, with second-place Green River scoring 211 and state champions Gillette scoring 285, making Gillette champs for the 12th year in a row.
Eleven boys made it to the final matches of the tournament and three Broncs were named individual state champions.
After two consecutive years of two-time All-State wrestler Cody Delk coming in second in the 182-pound division, Delk secured his first state title with an 11-4 decision over Gillette’s Carson Mock.
“Cody put a lot of prepreparation in this last week prior to state to get ready,” head coach Tyson Shatto said. “That was what was missing last year, the focus, and this year there was no stopping him. No one was going to beat him.”
Hayden Hastings was crowned state champ in the 126-pound class with a 3-2 decision win over East wrestler Isaac Garcia. In only his freshmen year, Hastings came from the junior high wrestling program and Shatto is very excited to see him grow his skills throughout high school.
“It was his goal was to win from the beginning,” Shatto said, “and to see that come true was great. He was in the finals of every tournament he wrestled in this year.”
Junior Braxton Cooper took home a state title in the 106-pound division with a 13-3 major decision win in the championship match against Rock Springs grappler Danny Macy.
Sophomore Tucker Goss was dropped in the championship match of the 120-pound division by Gillette wrestler Evan Smith, securing second. Goss missed the state tournament his freshmen year due to an injury, making this year his first time competing at the state level.
Tory Music lost the championship match in the 195-pound division to Gillette’s Brendon Mackearney in a 6-3 decision, making him two-time runner-up.
Kyle Burton was third in state for the 113-pound class winning against Central wrestler Nigel Lopez with a 6-0 decision.
Heavy weight Dane Chambers was pinned by Kelly Walsh wrestler Kaleb Clark in the third place match of the 285-pound division to take home a fourth place finish.
Despite joining the program late, Gage Tyree took fifth by dropping an East wrestler in the 132-pound division.
Tim Cowan pinned Riverside’s Bridger Amman to take home a fifth-place state finish in the 170-pound division.
Trent Heil placed sixth at 106-pound after falling to Gillette’s Austin Cunningham.
Sophomore Tyler Mauck also placed sixth, being pinned by Natrona County’s Tyler Hamilton in the 160-pound division.
“To see guys like Heil and Mauck step up and wrestle the way they did was pretty amazing,” Shatto said.
Although Shatto added that they fell short of their true goal by taking home a third place team finish, he is very pleased with the way everyone wrestled.
“We had some young kids place which is great for returning seasons,” he said. “Overall I was very pleased with all of them. They went in there very poised and ready to wrestle.”
The boys will continue to hone their skills over the off-season, including six SHS wrestlers traveling to Virginia Beach to wrestle at nationals this summer.