The Laramie High School Wrestling team has struggled so far this year from lack of experience but looks to
wrestle well as they prepare for regional’s and state.
The team has also been running into a lot of injuries including returning state champion Zech
Aguiliar and 2017 state placer Ethan Sell.
“I’ve personally felt good about this year so far but as a team we have a lot of first year wrestlers
and therefore we lack a lot of experience and its cost us a few matches,” Aguiliar said.
The team was without Aguiliar until a little over a month ago but since his return he has seen
nothing but success and remains undefeated.
The Plainsmen however suffered another key loss last week when Senior Ethan Sell found out
his season was ending a month too soon. Sell has been a part of the program all four years of his
high school career.
Sell has a younger brother named Issac Sell and is currently a Sophomore at LHS. As a
Freshman Issac dominated regionals and fell short but still placed at the state tournament.
LHS head coach Stuart Brinkman holds practices after school till 6:00 pm every night and with
his former experience as a wrestler he makes sure that his practices are as tough as they can be.
“So far this year the practices have been pretty tough but personally I love when we push each
other at practice,” Aguiliar said. “Even though the practices may be tough sometimes I think that
it’s good for us to work hard.”
The Plainsmen often find themselves close in a lot of their duals but just can’t quite pull it
together and finish it off.
“Even though we really lack experience I think if the team just comes out and wrestles, we will
be fine but when we aren’t focused on the guy in front of us is when we tend to make the most
mistakes,” Aguiliar said.
Although the Plainsmen have had a tough year so far there are a few Plainsmen who stand out in
the state and have a big time shot to make a run at the state title later this month.
For the LHS Wrestlers time is running short with the 2019 West regional tournament later this
month in Rock Springs Wyo.
The Plainsmen’s top performer Aguiliar is still dealing with an elbow injury in which he injured
earlier this year training for a national tournament.

The last time LHS saw a two-time champion was in 2017 when Carless Looney took
home his second championship his senior year.
Aguiliar is looking to join LHS royalty with being one of the schools only two-time state
champion.
Looney is currently a freshman on the University of Wyoming wrestling team and has been
holding his own in one of the nation’s top wrestling programs.
The LHS are coached by second year head coach Stuart Brinkman along with assistant coaches
Garret Brinkman and Shane Tweeter.