Idris Elias, Carless Looney and Kaden Schriner all won titles to help the Laramie Plainsmen finish fifth at the 2017 Shane Shatto Memorial Wrestling Tournament.

Laramie scored 146.5 team points with only nine wrestlers competing last Friday and Saturday. That was only two points out of third place. Cheyenne East won the event with 176.5 team points, while Natrona came in second with 169 points. Castle View (Colo.) was third, while Kelly Walsh took fourth, 0.5 points ahead of LHS.

Head coach Mikah Kadera wrestled pretty solidly.

“Douglas and Shane Shatto is always a tough tournament. It always lets us know where we’re at with technique and shape.”

The Plainsmen were led by their three seniors. Elias used a pin, tech fall and 4-2 decision to make the finals. He won his title match at 126 pounds by fall at 5:13. Schriner captured the crown at 152 pounds. He pinned his first four opponents. In the first place match, Schriner won a tough 3-2 decision. The final champion was Looney at 182 pounds. After a bye, he won three matches by fall before a hard fought 2-1 decision in the finals.

Kadera added, “All three did exactly what they’re supposed to do.”

Sophomore Ethan Sell at 106 and junior Arsenio Lemus at 126 both took third place. Sophomore Zech Aguilar placed sixth.

Laramie returns to the mat Wednesday with a dual in Fort Collins, CO against the Poudre Impalas.

Swimming and Diving

A difficult road trip saw the Plainsmen lose a dual in Gillette and take third in Sheridan.

Laramie lost to the Camels 112-72 after a rough travel day Friday. The Plainsmen won only three events in the dual.

Saturday, LHS took third place at the Sheridan Invite. They won two events. Freshman Max DeYoung finished first in the 100 backstroke, and Laramie won the 200 freestyle relay.

Gillette won the meet with 441 points. Kelly Walsh took second with 402 points, while the Plainsmen came in with 381.5 points.

Head coach Tom Hudson said, “Just happy to have that meet and that weekend in the books, and hopefully move on to bigger and better things in the second half of the year.”

Laramie is back in the pool Tuesday at 4 p.m. with a road dual at Cheyenne Central.

Nordic Skiing

Laramie had two event victories at the Lander Invite last Friday and Saturday.

Liam McInroy and Albert Steiner combined to win the two-skier freestyle relay last Friday. They followed that up with McInroy’s win and Steiner’s second place in last Saturday’s classic race.

The Lady Plainsmen were led by senior Hailey Schmidt and freshman Abigail Whitman. They teamed up for fourth in the relay, while Schmidt was second and Whitman eighth in the classic competition.

As a team, the Laramie boys were third with 73 points. They finished behind Natrona (94 points) and Jackson (84). The Laramie girls took fourth with 49 points. Jackson won the girls title with 72 points. Lander and Kelly Walsh were second and third, respectively.

The next action for LHS Nordic Skiing isn’t until Jan. 20 and 21 in Casper.

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