Eight Cyclones qualify for state

Tom Milstead/Torrington Telegram Southeast High School heavyweight Will Baker turns Hulett’s Sheldon Jolley in the WHSAA 2A East Regional Championship Tournament on Saturday in Lingle as his mother, Michelle Baker, cheers him on. Jolley tossed Baker in a headlock and had the defending champ in danger during the first period, but Baker battled back and pinned Jolley in the second to secure the No. 1 seed going into the WHSAA 2A State Championship Tournament this weekend.

LINGLE – The Southeast High School wrestling team will take eight grapplers to the Wyoming High School Activities Association Class 2A State Tournament in Casper this weekend.

Grant Logsdon (106 pounds), Brock Blevins (113), Kaden Brothwell (120), Wyatt Mackey (132), Ryan Clapper (132), Greg Logsdon (138), Tate Carson (195) and Will Baker (285) will see their seasons extended by a week, qualifying for the season-ending tournament which beings Friday at the Casper Events Center.

At Saturday’s 2A East Regionals, the Cyclones placed seven in the top four and had four wrestlers reach the championship matches of their respective weight classes.

Blevins and Baker came away with wins in their final matches of the day to head to state as regional champions.

After an opening round bye, Blevins went 2-0 with a pair of pins over Moorcroft and Wright to secure the 113-pound championship.

At 285 pounds, Baker went 3-0, pinning his way to a regional title with wins over Tongue River, Glenrock and Hulett.

Carson and Greg Logsdon also reached the championship matches, but the Cyclone duo were pinned in their respective matches.

Brothwell and Grant Logsdon ended their day with wins in the third-place matches.

Brothwell suffered his first setback of the day in the semifinal round of the 120-pound bracket, but rebounded with a pair of falls to secure third.

The story was much the same for Grant Logsdon, who was defeated in the semifinal round by Lingle-Fort Laramie’s Joel Costello, but Logsdon scored a pin fall win in the consolation semifinal and a 19-3 technical fall in the third-place match.

At 132 pounds, Clapper lost in the quarterfinal round before rattling off three wins to reach the third-place bout, including a fall victory over teammate Wyatt Mackey. Clapper lost by no contest to Hulett’s Dalton Butler in the final match of the day.

Mackey’s loss to Clapper ended his day in the consolation semifinal round.

As a team, the Cyclones finished third with 134.5 points. Moorcroft won the team title with 211.5 points, while Wright was second with 152.5.

Action gets underway at 9 a.m. on Friday and concludes at 7 p.m. with the semifinal matches. On Saturday, wrestle-back rounds begin at 9:30 a.m. and wraps up with the championships at 3:45 p.m.

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