Blazers to send 10 grapplers to state
State scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Casper
DOUGLAS – The Torrington High School wrestling team will be sending 10 wrestlers to the state tournament this weekend in Casper.
Tyler Nicolay (106 pounds), Ty Albaugh (113), Barrett Eichenberger (126), Reece Grubbs (126), Colby Sandusky (132), Kaden Romig (138), Brendan Woodard (145), Hunter Massie (152), Bryce Hager (160) and Matthew Hellus (182) will begin their hunt for a state championship on Friday morning at 9 a.m. at the Ford Wyoming Center.
Albaugh led the Blazers on Friday at the 3A East Regional Tournament in Douglas with a runner-up finish at 113 pounds.
After a first-round bye, Albaugh scored a 16-0 technical fall win over Jace Griffiths of Rawlins and a first-period pin over Nate Johnson of Worland to advance to the championship match.
In his final match of the weekend, Albaugh lost a 10-9 decision to Adrian Trujilo of Rawlins.
Nicolay, Sandusky and Hager all finished third in their respective weight classes. All three reached the semifinal round before losing their first matches of the day.
At 106 pounds, Nicolay bounced back with two falls to claim third. Nicolay defeated Cooper Meyer of Wheatland early in the second period in his final match of the day.
In the 132-pound bracket, Sandusky also picked up two wins by fall to finish third. He defeated Casey Matthews of Newcastle/Upton and Tillman Burns of Worland. Both pins came in the second period.
At 160-pounds, Hager, like his two teammates, also scored two victories by pin to place third. He beat Michael Tomich of Buffalo and Dawon Utterback of Worland.
Meanwhile, at 126 pounds, Grubbs finished fifth, while Eichenberger placed seventh. Grubbs finished the day with a 2-2 record, while Eichenberger went 3-2.
At 138 pounds, Romig finished 2-2 finishing seventh, while Woodard also went 2-2 to finish fifth at 145 pounds.
Griffin Wolfe didn’t place but won one match for the Blazers.
The state tournament begins on Thursday this year with the first ever girls’ state tournament. The boys’ event will begin on Friday and wrap up on Saturday. Action gets underway at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. Friday and 9:30 a.m. Saturday.