By Pete Rust
Contributor 

Wolves Wrestlers are 3A West Regional Champs

 

February 23, 2023

Photo courtesy of Terry Waters

Ethan Guzman

The Green River Wolves Boys Wrestling team showed why they were one of the favorites going into regionals, with a strong performance winning them the 3A Regional Wrestling Tournament. The team's score was 233.5 points ahead of second-place-finisher Evanston, the team that hosted regionals.

Cody, another favorite, finished in third place with 194.0 points. The other teams participating were Powell in fourth, Pinedale in fifth, Lyman in sixth, Mountain View in seventh and Riverton in eighth in the very strong 3A West division.

Green River's Head Wrestling Coach Josh Wisniewski exclaimed that he was "very happy with how we wrestled at Regionals."

He went on to observe that "the team has been very focused and driven."

The Wolves had five Regional Champions in Lucas Todd at 106 pounds, Axel MacKinnon at 120 pounds, Ryker Mele at 126 pounds, Kale Knezovich at 138 pounds and Thomas Dalton at 145 pounds. Coach Wisniewski pointed out that Dalton, a senior, won his fourth regional title, "which is a great accomplishment."

In Regionals, each team is allowed to enter two wrestlers in each of the 14 weight classes. Green River had two wrestlers in all but three weight classes, and out of those 25 wrestlers at regionals, 22 qualified for the trip to the State Championships.

While the boys were crowned 3A West Regional Champions, Head Wrestling Coach Josh Wisnewski also took home top honors as he was voted 3A Coach of the year.

Wisnewski is looking forward to State for both the girls and the boys, and is confident they will be giving it their all in practice this week.

The State Championships for the boys will be this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25, at the Wyoming Ford Center in Casper.

REGIONAL RESULTS BOYS

106: Lucas Todd 1st

113: Spencer Wright 3rd

113: Kaleb Gunter 4th

120: Axel MacKinnon 1st

120: Ashton Lucero 3rd

126: Ryker Mele 1st

126: Ethan Guzman 4th

132: Connor Todd 2nd

132: Tyler Castillion Place unknown

138: Kale Knezovich 1st

138: Hunter Davis Place Unknown

145: Thomas Dalton 1st

145: Maddux Hintz 2nd

152: Nick Weipert 2nd

152: Jaxxon Gomez 4th

Photo courtesy of Terry Waters

Axel MacKinnon

160: James Herwaldt 2nd

160: Tyler Waters 4th

170: Declan Henderson Place Unknown

170: Christian Lee Place Unknown

182: Christian Balzly Place Unknown

195: Logan Bauers 6th

195: Jacob Lloyd Place Unknown

220: Deylin Miller 3rd

220: Antonio Savedra 5th

285: Ethan Maez 6th

 

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