The Braves had three grapplers who advanced to the finals on Friday night over some stiff competition at the 3A Wyoming State Wrestling championship. Mitch Heap at 120, Carbon Kennington at 126 and T.J. Guild at 132 earned a trip to their respective finals. Three other Braves, Gabe Waldron at 106, Devin Semadeni at 145 and Marshall Watkins a 182 advanced to the semi-finals but were defeated and will wrestle Saturday for a medal. Heap went through the first round via forfeit and then pinned both Connor Warner of Worland and Lance Lucas of Wheatland. It is the second consecutive final for Heap who lost 4-0 to Cheyenne Central’s Bryce Meredith last season as a junior.
Kennington claimed his second consecutive regional championship last week. He finished fifth a year ago at state but was able to advance to the 2012 finals with a pin over Jesse Bishop of Pinedale, followed up with a 10-0 major decision over Justin Polkowske of Torrington. Kennington then knocked off Buffalo’s Taylor Bell by decision to make the championship.
For Guild, the trip to his first final has been a culmination of dominant regular seasons and heart-wrenching post-seasons. Guild pinned Seth Harris of Douglas and then pinned teammate Cole Bagley to reach the semi-finals. A match with fellow senior Ryan Lewandowski of Torrington was extremely tough with Guild earning three take downs in the final period to win by decision. Guild will be just the ninth Star Valley wrestler to place at state all four years of his high school career.