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Dominators dominate at state

Posted: Thursday, May 9th, 2013

The 2013 Diamondville Wrestling Club State team, from left: Logan Bauers, Riggen Walker, Roany Proffit, Wyatt Brent, Dawson Schramm, Donny Proffit, Cyro Montoya, Connor Vickrey and Hayden Walker.

CASPER — The Diamondville Wrestling Club once again made a great showing at the 2013 Wyoming Amateur Wrestling Association (WAWA) state tournament, held at the Casper Event Center April 19-21. All of the Dominators wrestled with grit and determination, with some boys winning their first state matches, others their first state medals, and another his first state championship.

This year’s Diamondville delegation included Cyro Montoya, Donny Proffit, Riggen Walker, Hayden Walker, Dawson Schramm, Connor Vickrey, Wyatt Brent, Roany Proffit and Logan Bauers, whose season was dedicated to months of practice, travel and competition culminating with this state competition, a high point for the majority of the club. Only the state’s elite continue on to wrestle at the western regional and national levels. Our local boys continue to rate among that group of elite Wyoming grapplers.

Without a doubt, the highlight of the state event was Montoya’s state championship win in the Folkstyle 98 lb. division on Friday, April 19. His years of dedication to the sport were rewarded when his hand was raised in the last match of the day and his place atop the podium was secured. It was obvious to his coaches and teammates that Montoya didn’t intend to stop at that single title.

He continued wrestling with dominance and a relaxed focus, capturing state titles in the two Olympic styles on Saturday and Sunday; in fact, he wrestled the entire tournament without losing a single match. The majority of his victories came by pin, and most of those in the first period. His “triple crown” accomplishment is a testament to Montoya’s passion for the sport and his great competitive character.

While Montoya was reaching this pinnacle, the rest of the Diamondville boys were trying to claim their own medals.

Donny Proffit also found himself on the state podium three times. In a schoolboy 84 lb. bracket full of top competition, the Diamondville 2012 All American walked away with the second place medal in all three styles. Typical of his good natured style, he was overheard telling his training partner, “Hey, I got a triple crown too...just a different color!”

Also making his way to the podium in each style was Walker, who as a Bantam 60 lb. competitor, was the youngest of the Dominators to medal this year, placing third in folkstyle, third in Greco-Roman, and fourth in freestyle. His performance showed a great deal of promise for continued success at this high level. Club standout Hayden Walker also earned medals in the schoolboy 112 lb. brackets, finishing fifth in folkstyle and sixth in Greco.

Schramm (novice 70 lb.) and Vickrey (intermediate 65 lb.) were both eliminated from competition one round short of placing this year. Both boys, having placed in previous state competition, expressed their renewed desire to train and use this experience to bring home state medals in 2014.

It was the first year competing at state for Roany Proffit (bantam 45 lb.), Wyatt Brent (intermediate 80 lb.) and Logan Bauers (bantam 50 lb.), an experience that should prove beneficial to each boy down the road.

The Wyoming State Tournament is about more than just action on the mat. Other important achievements at the 2013 event included Donny Proffit’s Governors Award, which recognizes him as “the outstanding novice folkstyle wrestler” in the state of Wyoming for his 2012 season. Walker was recognized for his 2011 Triple Crown achievement. 

The Wyoming wrestling community not only recognizes the accomplishments of these athletes, but continues to set positive examples for them, as was evident by the autographs the Diamondville boys got from Tyler Cox, a Wyoming native and 2013 NCAA All American for the University of Wyoming. The time Cox spent with several of the boys was focused on encouraging them to continue to pursue wrestling and education and it left quite an impression.

The team will celebrate the season with a banquet at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at the Lions Club Park north pavilion. Awards will be distributed and new officers will be elected.

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