It had only happened seventeen times before - a high school wrestler from Wyoming had won four state championships.
That fact was revised on Saturday night in Casper.
In perhaps the most highly-anticipated title tilt of the evening, Tevis Bartlett of Cheyenne east faced Patrick Johnson of Gillette in the 195-pound weight class of the WHSAA wrestling championships at the Casper Events Center.
Bartlett did not disappoint. For the 55th time in his prep career, he recorded a pin - nailing Johnson to the mat in 2:58 and bringing the audience to a thunderous cheer.
After the impressive performance, Bartlett had other realization – not just the fact he became the 18th four-time state champ in Wyoming history.
“You know, once I kind of got back out of the way a little bit, it was the realization that, you know, it's all over now,” he said, immediately after Saturday’s championship match. “Not just the wrestling, but hanging out with the teammates, coming in for morning practice - even though everybody hates it. Stuff like that.
“Just kind of realizing that's not going to happen anymore. It all kind of hit me at once, but I’m feeling pretty good right now.”
Bartlett recorded pins in all four of his matches in Casper on his way to winning another state title – and earning him our selection as our latest Prep Athlete of the Week.