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Sending seven to state

Miners wrestling sends majority of team to Casper for State Tourney


February 20, 2019

Hanna, Elk Mountain, Medicine Bow (HEM) High School is sending seven wrestlers to state this weekend. Head Coach Lyle Richardson was pleased with his grapplers efforts at the Regionals in Wright on Feb. 15-16.

“I am happy for my kids because they work so hard,” Richardson said. “We actually are taking seven kids to state.”

Richardson had eight wrestlers compete and only Charlee Solass doesn’t go.

“She had two tough matches at 126,” Richardson said. “There were 10 kids and she needed to win a match, but although she put in a valiant effort, it didn’t happen.”

Seth Blakeman was in a tough field also, but was able to draw a ticket to state.

“Seth competed hard in a 10 man field but still came up short to qualify in our bracket.” Richardson said. “Seth was fortunate enough to draw a ticket to state because of the absence of a 106 pounder in the West.”

Although Nathan Roberts didn’t win a match, but the senior qualified for state by placing 8th.

Richardson was elated with Adrian King’s wrestling.

“Adrian won his first match ever after going 0-40,” Richardson said. “He went out and battled and won a match 5-3 to qualify for state.”

Richardson said Josh Curtis, Dade Thackston, Joseph Borah and David Cruz all qualified because they drew well.

“David has been nursing an injured shoulder so we held him out of his last match after taking an opening round loss to Saratoga’s Tristan Gray,” Richardson said. “We will see how it goes this week with his shoulder.”

Richardson is happy his wrestlers are improving as the wrestling season comes to a close.

“The kids still work amazingly hard and are getting better,” Richardson said. “Adrian’s match was a perfect example.”

Richardson doesn’t know how far any of his wrestlers will go at state, but he is happy so many are getting to attend.

“It will be a great experience for all of them,” Richardson said.

The Wyoming State Wrestling tournament is set for Feb. 22-23 in Casper.


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