Hager medals at Charlie Lake Invite

Courtesy photo/Erin Hager Torrington sophomore Bryce Hager medaled at the Charlie Lake Invite. He scored three pins, including one over Douglas’ Koby Case.

CHEYENNE – The Torrington High School wrestling team took a small group of varsity wrestlers to the annual Charlie Lake Invite hosted by Cheyenne East High School.

Only four varsity grapplers took part in the event, and sophomore Bryce Hager was the team’s lone medalist.

Hager went 3-2 on the day to finish sixth at 170 pounds.

After an opening round loss, Hager rattled off three straight wins to battle back to wrestle for fifth. He pinned Koby Case, of Douglas, Kaleb Cooper, of Berthoud, Colorado, and David Campos of Gering, Nebraska to reach the medal round.

In his final match of the day, Hager was pinned by Brayden Schmidt, of Thompson Valley, Colorado.

The only other Blazer to pick up a win was freshman Tyler Nicolay at 106 pounds.

Nicolay went 2-2 on the day. He scored a pair of falls over Ty Fanacht, of Berthoud, and Xander Kershner, of Fort Collins, Colorado. In the consolation semifinal, Nicolay was pinned by Tanner Johnson, of Douglas.

Reece Grubbs, at 126 pounds, and Michael Sandusky, at 138 pounds, both went 0-2 at the tournament.

As a team, the Blazers scored 18 points to finish 23rd. Eaton, Colorado won the team title with 139 points, edging Thompson Valley, who finished second with 135. Gering, Nebraska was third with 130.5.

Junior varsity

In the junior varsity ranks, a trio of Blazers finished as runners-up.

In the 149-160-pound class, Kaden Romig went 3-1 on the day to finish second, while Matthew Hellus also went 3-1 in the 170-178-pound weight class. In the 197-205-pound division, Sam Birdsall placed second with a 3-1 record.

In the 120-130 bracket, Griffin Wolfe began and ended his day with victories to finish third with a 2-2 record. Brian Garcia also placed third with a 2-2 record, winning his final two matches.

Jairod Anderson scored one win in the 146-153-pound bracket to finish fourth.

Up next

The Blazers travel to Worland for the Battle of the Big Horns on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 17-18.

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