2021 State Wrestling 145 LB. Championship Matches [VIDEO]
The feature match at the 4A State Wrestling Tournament was at 145 pounds with two defending champions locking horns. Kelly Walsh's Analu Benabise was looking to become the 25th, four-time champion in Wyoming High School Wrestling. Natrona's Cyruss was looking for his 2nd state title after picking up the gold medal at 138 a year ago, These two have met before so there were no surprises in terms of technique. Benabise was impressive as he posted an 11-3 win to finish the year at 31-0 and take home that 4th first-place medal. He will continue his career at the University of Wyoming in the fall. Meeks had an outstanding season in his own right with a record of 37-3. Seamus Casey from Thunder Basin took 3rd place beating Dane Steel of Sheridan 3-1. Casey was 35-7 this season while Steel had a 24-6 mark. In the 5th place match, Cade Pugh of Cheyenne East defeated Slater Bates of Cheyenne Central 3-1
Over in 3A, it was another battle of defending state champions as Kale Corley of Newcastle met Lane Ewing of Douglas. Corley won all the marbles at 138 a year ago and Ewing took gold at 132. In the title match on Friday in Casper, it was Ewing who had the upper hand with a 5-0 decision. It's not too often that you hold a defending state champion scoreless but that's what Ewing did to finish the year 33-6. Not bad for a sophomore. Corley had an outstanding prep career and went 30-5 in 2021. Logan Branigan of Burns-Pine Bluffs took 3rd with a 15-11 win over Riley Bennett of Powell. Branigan was 36-7 this season while Bennett was 21-10. Braxton Sabey of Lyman placed 5th with a pin of Vavier Jirak of Star Valley.
In 2A at 145 pounds, Shoshoni sophomore Pehton Truempler didn't need much time to win a state title. He went right to work in the first period and pinned Riggen Walker at the 20-second mark. Truempler went a remarkable 41-1 this season and his brother Tryston also won a state title. Walker finished the season with a record of 32-7 and he was a sophomore. Rocky Mountain's Trent Lytle went 19-4 in this year's campaign, capped by a 3rd place finish thanks to a pin of Garrett Reese of Cokeville. His mark this season was 16-6. Brandon Jones of Big Piney took the #5 slot with an 8-5 win over Dusty Simmons of Glenrock.
We have some of the video from the championship bouts from the Ford Wyoming Center. Take a look!