TORRINGTON – The Torrington High School wrestling team opened the season with a 48-37 dual victory over Class 4A Cheyenne South on Thursday before traveling to Cheyenne East High School for the annual Charlie Lake Invite.
On Thursday, Kaden Romig (160 pounds), Bryce Hager (182), Matthew Hellus (195), Ty Nicolay (113), Barrett Eichenberger (126), Reece Grubbs (132), Kaden Adams (138), Colby Sandusky (145) all picked up wins for the Blazers.
“I was pretty happy with the performance,” THS coach Cody Grant said. “It’s early in the season, so obviously, we need to clean things up, but I thought our conditioning was decent for early in the season.”
One of the additional things which impressed Grant was the team’s ability to get the bonus points.
“Those are huge in dual you know could be tight, and you can get those pins when they are there,” he said.
The dual started at 160 pounds, and the Blazers picked up three wins in the first four matches to take an 18-4 lead behind Hager and Hellus – two the team’s upperclassmen.
“Those guys are leaders, and we need them to step up,” Grant said. “When they were able to get their pins, it set the tone for the rest of the dual.”
From 106 pounds through 126 pounds, the teams swapped wins and the lead four times before South was open at 132 and 138 pounds.
Sandusky secured the victory for the Blazers with a fall victory in only 17 seconds. Hager, Hellus, Nicolay and Eichenberger also picked up falls for Torrington.
Grant hoped the Thursday’s win would carry over into the weekend’s tournament action.
On Friday, during the dual portion of the Charlie Lake Invite, the Blazers went 3-2.
Torrington picked up wins over Sidney, Nebraska (48-30), Wheatland (42-33) and Ogallala, Nebraska (42-36). The Blazers suffered losses to Fossil Ridge, Colorado (50-21) and Laramie (45-33).
The Blazers finished ninth in the team duals.
The next day, Torrington finished tied for 16th with 33 points in the individual portion of the tournament.
The Blazers had two wrestlers finish fourth in their respective weight classes.
At 113 pounds, Nicolay went 2-2, reaching the semifinal before losing two straight to place fourth.
At 126 pounds, Eichenberger also went 2-2. He also reached the semifinal round before dropping his final two matches of the day.
Matthew Hellus went 2-2 but didn’t place at 182 pounds.
Eaton, Colorado won the varsity tournament with 170 points, while Thompson Valley, Colorado placed second with 153.5 points. Windsor, Colorado was third with 146 points.
In the junior varsity ranks, Albaugh, Grubbs, Brendan Woodard, Kaden Adams, Jr. Ruiz, Bryan Garcia and Jairod Anderson went 3-0 on the day to win their respective weight classes.
Torrington is back in action Friday and Saturday in Worland for the Battle of the Big Horns.