CASPER – Lyman's Dryden Menck cruised through Wyoming's state wrestling tournament to capture his third crown in three tries for the Eagle's last weekend.
The senior pinned the first three wrestlers he faced in the first period, two in less than a minute, to reach the 195-pound finals.
In the championship, Menck took down Douglas' Cody Pinkerton and put him on his back in the first period to take a 5-0 lead. Menck put Pinkerton on his back again later as he built an 11-3 lead. Pinkerton would cut the lead to 11-7, but that's where score remained as time expired.
"I wrestled tough in the period and slacked off in the second and third," Menck said. "I knew I was good."
"He's been the most successful kid to come through our program," Lyman Head Coach Travis Ayers said. "He's excelled at everything he's done. It's great to have a kid like that."
Menck played basketball as a freshman, but said he was glad he switched to wrestling.
"It was awesome," Menck said after winning his third title.
Two other Eagles placed in the state tournament. Hagen Lamoreaux finished fourth and Colten Ellison placed fifth, both at 132 pounds.
Ten Mountain View wrestlers also competed in the state tournament, but none of them finished in the top-six.
Mark Walker went the furthest of any Buffalo, but finished one win short of a spot on the podium at 152 pounds.