CASPER - The Gillette wrestling team won its 11th consecutive Wyoming Class 4A state championship Saturday night at the Casper Events Center.
The Camels did it in style, winning eight of their 10 matches in the championship finals. Gillette had placers in all 14 weight classes and 17 placers overall, including eight individual champions. It was one of the most dominating performances in the past 10 years.
New state record for points: Gillette earned the overall state record in 2007 with 301.5 points. On Saturday night, the Camels broke their own Wyoming Class 4A tournament record with 322.5 points.
Individual champions: Gillette joined Green River as the only Class 4A teams with more than 90 individual wrestling champions in school history. The Camels took over the lead in that category on Saturday and now have 93. Green River has 92 and Casper Natrona is close, with 89.
Joining an elite top 10: According to the National High School Sports Record Book, Gillette moved into a six-way tie for ninth in the nation for the most consecutive state championships. Other schools tied for ninth include: Aztec, N.M. (1990-2000), Arkansas City, Kan. (1988-98), Alexander City Benjamin Russell, Ala. (1959-69), Salt Lake City Brighton (1978-88) and Perry, Okla., (1971-81). Paulsboro, N.J., leads the nation with 25 straight.