SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. – The Torrington Blazer wrestling team came up one point short in a 42-41 loss to the Scottsbluff Bearcats on Thursday evening.
The dual went down to the final match of the evening.
“We lost a heart breaker tonight,” THS coach Doyle Meyer said. “We did not take care of the little things to put us over the edge.”
The Blazers jumped out to a 23-0 lead through the first four matches.
Josh Kinglsey opened the night with a pin at 182 pounds, while Rhiley Grubbs and Brandon Deen gave Torrington 12 more points with open weights at 195 and 220. Brandon Bennick wrestled his way to a 15-0 technical fall victory at 285 pounds.
“Brandon Bennick wrestled a very solid wrestler to a technical fall victory,” Meyer said.
Scottsbluff scored its first points with open eights at 106 and 113 pounds.
Torrington’s Madison McCart got a pin at 120 pounds.
“I was very impressed with how Madison McCart stepped up to get a fall in the dual,” Meyer said. “I asked if she was fine with wrestling varsity, she said she was up for the challenge.”
The Bearcats picked up wins at 126 and 132 pounds before Quentin Meyer got a fall at 138.
Scottsbluff got pins at 145, 152 and 160 pounds, putting the match out of reach at a score of 42-35 with one match left.
Torrington’s Tyler Juma picked up the night’s final win at 170 pounds with a forfeit victory.
“I told our wrestlers that the line between greatness and average is minute, and that taking care of the little things matter,” Meyer said. “We did not take care of the little things to put us over the edge.”
The Blazers are back in action on Friday, Dec. 28 in Cheyenne at the Bison Bonanza Tournament hosted by Cheyenne South High School.