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Three Blazers place in Douglas

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 10th, 2017

DOUGLAS – The Torrington Trailblazers had three wrestlers place and finished 15th as a team at the Shane Shatto Memorial Tournament in Douglas on Jan. 6-7.

“This weekend we wrestled much, much better than we did last weekend,” coach Doyle Meyer said. “The wrestlers came out with more intensity then they have in the past. In every single match we didn’t quit.”

Senior Trey Rodriguez had the best showing for Torrington, finishing third at 120 pounds. He was in six matches over the two days and all went the distance. Rodriguez won his first three matches by decision, qualifying for the semi-finals.

Rodriguez lost his semi-final match to Caleb Nathan (Kelly Walsh) by decision, 4-2. He won his final two consolation-bracket matches by decision, 5-3 and 6-0. His 6-0 win over Isaac Ronning (Burns) sealed his third-place finish.

“I was very impressed with Trey Rodriguez placing third,” Meyer said. “His one loss came against a defending champion from 4A.”

Lane Johnson, Torrington’s heavyweight, finished fourth. He won his first two matches, the first by pin and second by a 5-1 decision. In the semi-finals of the championship bracket, Johnson was pinned in the third period by Alliance’s Nathan Lauder, dropping Johnson to the consolation bracket.

Johnson got a pin in the second period in his first consolation match, earning him a spot in the third-place match, where he lost in an ultimate tiebreaker to Cody Cagle (Wheatland).

“Having a senior heavyweight who is a state placer is big for us and him coming back from injury and placing was great for our team,” Meyer said. Johnson suffered an injury at the beginning of the season.

Matthew Garcia (145) was the third placer for the Blazers, as he finished sixth. He opened his weekend with a pin in the second period over South’s Luke Brown, before losing by pin to Douglas’ Dylan Sandstedt.

Garcia won his next match by pin and advanced to the semi-finals of the consolation bracket with a win via major decision. Garcia was pinned in the second-period of the semi-finals to be sent to the fifth-place match. Koy Myers (Thermopolis) bested Garcia by decision, 11-8.

Jacob Polkowske (138) and Casey Britton (152) each earned two wins over the weekend. Polkowske’s two wins came by pin. He went the distance in both of his other matches, losing both by decision.

Britton suffered two losses by fall, but snagged two wins over the weekend, one by pin and the other by decision. Both Polkowske and Britton reached the fourth round of the consolation bracket before being eliminated.

“Having Matthew Garcia and Jacob Polkowske back was a big boost for us,” Meyer said.

For the complete article see the 01-11-2017 issue.

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