Wheatland grapplers warming up the mats

During an intrasquad wrestling tournament in Wheatland Dec. 8, Joe Mariani (left) and Noah Whitfield (right) square off for positioning on the varsity roster.



WHEATLAND – The Wrestling team participated in an intrasquad match Dec. 8 to establish positioning for the upcoming matches. Family and people from the community were able to come and see some of the talented athletes grappling on the home mats.
The first duals competition of the season went forth Dec. 11 as teams from Glenrock, Moorcroft and Thermopolis traveled to Wheatland. Due to COVID, the teams were split between the High School and Middle School.
In the first round against Glenrock, Noah Whitfield, 160, had a quick pin of 15 seconds against Glenrock's Richard Black and JV Joseph Mariani, 160, had another quick pin in seven seconds against Glenrock's Dusty Cox in an exhibition match. Wheatland fell to their opponent 36-39, having 5 open weight classes against Glenrock cost the team 30 possible points.
The Bulldogs then faced off against Moorcroft where 30 of their 36 team points were scored by way of pins. Unfortunately, Wheatland once again had too many open classes giving up 18 potential points and fell to the Wolves 36-42.
Finally, to round out the duals, the Dawgs faced Thermopolis securing their first win of the season, 45-24, with 30 of their points being earned by pin points.
The Bulldogs headed to Cheyenne Dec. 12 for the annual Charlie Lake Invite. This event looked a little different this year with the teams being spread out among schools in Cheyenne.
The Dawgs competed at Cheyenne South facing Rawlins first. In a close team dual, Wheatland fell to Rawlins 39-42.
Next, Wheatland faced off against Sidney and succumbed to the Red Raiders 27-42.
To finish up the day, the Bulldogs went up against Cheyenne South winning the dual 39-24.
The season continues Dec. 18 for the Cheyenne Central duals.

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