Thunder Basin Has High Hopes for 2022-23 Wrestling Season
The Thunder Basin wrestling team took 2nd place at the big Shane Shatto tournament in Douglas over the weekend with 189 points. Sheridan was on top of the mountain in this tourney with 231.
The Bolts had 2 champions in Douglas, 138-pounder Antonio Avila and 285-pounder Lane Catlin. Now Catlin has been dominating on the mat and his last defeat was in the 2020 State Tournament. So far this year he is 12-0 and a year ago, he won the 4A state championship at 285 with a record of 4-0. Catlin went undefeated in his sophomore year en route to the 4A 220-pound title with a record of 38-0. He was 29-15 as a freshman and placed 4th at the state tournament at 195.
Antonio Avila is a returning state champion for Thunder Basin as he won it all in the 4A 126-pound bracket with an overall record of 42-5. Avila was also a 4A state champ in 2021 at 113 pounds at 30-1. Jais Rose is another returning state champion for the Bolts as he placed first at 138 pounds going 37-10. As a freshman Rose was 23-9 and took 2nd place at the 4A state tournament at 132 pounds. This year he is wrestling at 152 and took and at the Shatto Tournament over the weekend.
We had a chance to talk with Catlin, Avila, and Rose over in Douglas, sharing their thoughts about their first-round matches and the season ahead.\