Wildcat wrestlers whip Wyoming

By Ron Burtz

Micaiah Grace, shown here in an earlier matchup against a Sundance-Upton, Wyo., wrestler, was among the Wildcats who posted wins at last week’s triangular in Moorcroft, Wyo. Grace and the Wildcats will resume action Jan. 4.

The Custer wrestlers conquered some new territory on Thursday when they crossed the border into Wyoming and blew away the competition at the Moorcroft Triangular. The Wildcats whipped the Moorcroft Wolves by a team score of 48-24 and mauled the Glenrock Herders 49-19. 

“The kids looked good,” said head coach Jared Webster, noting that Moorcroft is a six-time defending Wyoming state champion and Glenrock is also a tough competitor. 

“They handled them really well,” he said. 

In the dual against Moorcroft, Wildcat Jacob Brunner pinned Sean Buckmiller in just 62 seconds in the 106-pound weight class, Mikael Grace at 113 won over Mica Herrera by fall in 5:46, Jestyn Woodward at 120 pinned Tyzer Isenberger in 57 seconds and Cade Grill pinned Lloyd O’Neill in two minutes flat in the 132-pound category. 

In the 138-pound weight class it was Brennan Hanes beating Caleb Cook by 4-2 decision, Chance Grill, 152, defeated Darrian Black in a 17-0 technical fall in four minutes, Elijah Steele, 160, won by forfeit, Levi Mines, 170, won over Dekken Mayer by fall in 1:11 and Micaiah Grace, 182, beat Wyatt Peters in a 12-4 major decision. 

Scoring for the Wildcats against Glenrock, Jarret Woodward pinned Andrik Moreno in 1:05 in the 195-pound weight class, Ty Dailey at 220 defeated Cade Griffits by 7-6 decision, Brunner won over Talon Granaas by fall in 1:44, Mikael Grace pinned Josie Bruno in 48 seconds and  Jonathan Lewis at 126 won by forfeit. 

Other scorers for Custer included Irail Griffin at 145 who pinned Adrian Maas in just 32 seconds, Chance Grill at 152 beat Corden Phillips by 12-1 major decision, Mines took only 24 seconds to pin Corden Phillips and Steele won over Will Pinkerton by fall in 1:50. 

Next on the schedule for the Wildcats following their Christmas break will be the Lyman County Invitational Jan. 4-5.