Tigers send 12 to state

Barb Rapp/For the Lusk Herald The Niobrara County High School wrestling team finished second at the 2A East Regional Wrestling Tournament last Friday. The Tigers qualified 12 individuals for this weekend’s 2A State Championships in Casper.

SUNDANCE – Led by champions Nathan Fish (113 pounds), Colton Coffman (126) and Dylan Molzahn (220), the Niobrara County High School wrestlers brought home second place from the 2A East Regionals Friday in Sundance.

Paced by the three champions putting up 70 combined points, Lusk scored 175 behind Moorcroft’s 214. Lingle-Fort Laramie/Southeast finished in third place with 163 team points. Wright (130 points) and Tongue River (85) rounded out the top five.

Fish began with a bye, followed by a pair of quick pins and 6-3 decision to claim first place. Coffman followed the pattern with a bye, two fast victories by pin and a 9-4 decision in the finals. Molzahn’s day was brief as he started with a bye and then won his semifinal in 1 minute, 20 seconds and the championship in 1:18.

David West (138) scored 22 team points on his way to second place. He pinned teammate Ivan Kremers in the first round, and the next two opponents as well before falling in the title match. Sean Johnson (145) won his first two matches before also being defeated in the championship. His 18 team points matched Miles Ashurst’s output. Ashurst (182) pinned his first two opponents before coming up short for second place.

Gabe Matthews (120) began with a bye and quarterfinal pin before dropping his semifinal match. Matthews battled back to claim third place and added 16 team points. Donovan Kruse (152) and Blake Miller (170) combined for 28 team points to pick up fourth place medals. Kruse went 3-2 on the day while Miller also went 3-2, as his third-place match went to overtime.

Damieon Pavone (113), Cody Taylor (152) and Alijah Pavone (160) also qualified for state for the Tigers.

The final stop for NCHS is the 2A State Championships Friday and Saturday. Friday’s action gets underway at 9 a.m., and Saturday’s matches begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Wyoming Ford Center in Casper.

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