Cokeville, Wyo., family helps team to state wrestling title

Mar 1 2011 - 5:05pm

CASPER, Wyo. -- The Teichert trend continued Saturday for Cokeville at the Wyoming State High School Wrestling Championships.

Three members of the family captured state championships to help lead the Panthers to the Class 2A team title - Cokeville's fifth in the past six years.

Cokeville beat defending state champ Greybull-Riverside, 209-179.5.

Junior Tenor Teichert got things started with a 4-3 decision over Big Piney's Bonner Brown at 112 pounds that clinched the title for the Panthers.

Then, at 125, sophomore Brigham Teichert - Tenor's cousin - beat Moorcroft's Garrett Bietz. Another cousin, junior Bronson Teichert completed the three-peat at 152 by pinning Southeast's Perry McNees. Tenor's brother Brock, a freshman, placed fifth at 119.

"That was pretty amazing," Cokeville coach Martin Linford said. "They're great kids, they come from a great family and they're a lot of fun to coach."

They also know how to wrestle.

Since 1974, Teicherts have stood atop the podium 11 times.

Saturday's three titles pushed the Teicherts past the Hoopes family (Star Valley) for the most individual state championships for one family. The Teicherts also took the lead in individual medalists, surpassing the record held previously by the Sanchez (Worland) family.

"You know what?" Linford said. "That lead is going to build because they're not done ... there's more coming."

That's probably not good news for the rest of 2A.

In each of Cokeville's five championships since 2006 at least one wrestler with the Teichert surname has won an individual title.

"This feels great," Bronson Teichert said. "Watching Tenor win and then Brigham win I wanted it even more than I did at the beginning.

"I love the feeling of winning a state championship."

It's a feeling he and the rest of the Panthers might want to get used to.


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