Albaugh third at state

Andrew Towne/Torrington Telegram Torrington freshman Ty Albaugh battles Kolby Hamilton of Evanston during Saturday afternoon’s third-place match at 113 pounds. Albaugh won the match by pin in the second period.

THS freshman lone medalist for Blazers at state championships

CASPER – Torrington freshman Ty Albaugh was the lone medalist for the Blazer, this weekend at the Wyoming 3A State Wrestling Championships in Casper.

Albaugh went 5-1 for the weekend.

He opened the weekend with a 10-0 major decision over Rawlins’ Jace Griffiths. In the quarterfinal round, Albaugh suffered his only loss of the weekend with a fall in 1 minute, 32 seconds to Green River’s Spencer Wright.

Albaugh bounced back with four straight wins to finish in third at 113 pounds.

In the second round of the consolation bracket, he pinned Newcastle/Upton’s Landon Norman, and in the third round, he pinned Worland’s Nate Johnson to advance to the consolation semifinal.

The win guaranteed Albaugh a medal, and with a win in the consolation semifinal, he would advance to the third-place match, but a loss would send him to the fifth-place bout. Albaugh pinned Rawlins’ Adrian Trujillo in the second period to advance to the third-place match.

In his final match of the weekend, Albaugh won by fall over Evanston’s Kolby Hamilton in the second period. The win secured a third-place finish and a 30-12 season record.

Torrington also had four wrestlers come up one win away from reaching the medal rounds.

At 126 pounds, Reece Grubbs went 2-2. Grubbs opened the weekend with a loss, but he rebounded with wins over teammate Barrett Eichenberger. In the second round of the consolation bracket, Grubbs defeated Newcastle/Upton’s Trey Schneider 7-6 to advance to the next round.

Grubbs weekend came to an end in the third round of wrestle-backs to Worland’s Kobe Swain by pin. Grubbs finished the season with 23-14 record.

In the 132-pound bracket, Colby Sandusky reached the quarterfinal round after a 6-4 decision over Pinedale’s Fisher Vance. Sandusky fell 17-4 in a major decision in the quarterfinals before he picked up a 9-0 major decision to advance to Saturday.

Sandusky dropped a 14-7 decision to Worland’s Tillman Burns in his only match on Saturday. He finished the 2022-23 season with a 29-10 record.

Bryce Hager also went 2-2 for the weekend. He won first round by a 16-1 technical fall before being pinned in the quarterfinals by Green River’s James Herwaldt.

Hager stayed alive on Friday evening with a second-round pin of Michael Tomich of Buffalo.

During his third-round consolation match against Green River’s Tyler Waters, Hager was pinned late in the second period, ending his season with a 29-20 record.

Matthew Hellus also reached the third-round of the consolation bracket on Saturday at 182 pounds.

After being pinned by Douglas’ TK Stinson in the opening round, Hellus won his next two matches to advance to Saturday’s wrestle-back rounds. Hellus pinned Worland’s Bryce Woffinden and beat Worland’s Ethene Burns by a 7-3 decision.

Hellus had his season end early on Saturday with a second-period pin at the hands of Wheatland’s Maxx Meyer. Hellus had a 24-23 record.

Kaden Romig (138 pounds) and Brendan Woodard (145) picked up one win apiece for the Blazers.

The duo lost their opening round matches before winning their first round of the consolation bracket. Romig beat Newcastle/Upton’s Thomas Prell by pin, while Woodard won a 11-2 major decision over Colson Meyers of Buffalo.

Both ended up losing their next round by fall.

Tyler Nicolay (106), Barrett Eichenberger (126) and Hunter Massie (152) also qualified for state, but the Blazer trio went winless on Friday, ending their respective seasons.

As a team, Torrington finished the weekend with 45.5 points to place 15th. Green River won the team title with 223.5 points, while Cody was second with 167. Evanston was third with 164 points.