The Braves took to the mats on Friday and Saturday for the annual Braves Brawl season-starting tournament which featured 7 schools including a few from across the Idaho border. This actually posed an interesting wrinkle to the tournament actually as it turned out, as Idaho winter sports have actually been sanctioned this season for the past few weeks where as this was the first week that Wyoming was able to get involved in actual competition.
The potential was there that perhaps rust would play a factor in the tournament and the schools that have already tested themselves with competition would be more ready for the duals than the schools from the east that have only just met the required practices recently. This didn’t prove to be the case however for the defending state champs who not only went 6-0 and besting every other school in attendance head to head, but winning every dual in very convincing fashion.
The closest dual Star Valley found themselves in through the entire event was head to head with Sugar-Salem 50-24. This was not only the most points scored against Star Valley in any dual all weekend but also the fewest the Braves would score against any team, the middle weights for Star Valley in particular were the stars of the weekend, as in almost every dual the Braves would find themselves in a relatively close contest in team point right up until the middle weight classes would pull away in a huge way.
Individual results for the men were as follows:
106: Levi Byrd went 2-0
113: Mason Pack went 4-2
120: Tysen Kendall went 5-1
126: Tel Parry went 6-0
132: Peyton Andrews went 5-1
138: Cameron Kendall went 6-0
145: Joesph Naef went 5-1
152: Porter Merritt went 5-1
160: Kooper Burk went 5-1
170: Grant Weiss went 6-0
220: Joesph Warren went 5-1
285: Weslee Turner went 5-1
The Braves opened up the season with a bang, doubling up every single opponent they faced throughout the weekend and having every individual wrestler that competed on the mens side end the tourney with a winning record and 4 of them going undefeated.
Unfortunately on the women’s side, track wrestling did not keep the official results as the tournament was round robin on their end rather than dual format but several girls also did finish the tournament undefeated in the debut of the program and division as a whole in the state of Wyoming. Good luck the rest of the way in 2022 to both the boys and girls wrestling programs and hopefully this hot start was just a sample of things to come.