Hager sixth at Ron Thon Invite

Courtesy photo/Erin Hager Torrington High School junior Bryce Hager battles Glenrock’s Dusty Cox in the second round at the Ron Thon Invite in Riverton over the weekend.

RIVERTON – Torrington High School junior Bryce Hager was the lone Blazer to place at the annual Ron Thon Invite, featuring top teams and wrestlers from across the state of Wyoming on Friday and Saturday.

Hager capped off the weekend finishing sixth at 160 pounds.

After a first-round bye, Hager defeated Dusty Cox of Glenrock by pin in the third period. Hager then suffered his first loss of the weekend in the quarterfinal round to Roedy Farrell of Thermopolis.

Hager bounded back with a pin over Justin Newberry of Riverton in the second period of the fourth round of the consolation bracket. Hager backed it up with an 8-5 win over Wind River’s Isaac Gardener to advance to the consolation semifinal.

In the next match, Hager lost to James Herwaldt of Green River in the first period, dropping him to the fifth-place match. In his final match of the weekend, Hager was pinned by Kooper Burk of Star Valley in the second period.

Tyler Nicolay (106 pounds), Kaden Romig (138) and Matthew Hellus (182) also picked up wins for the Blazers at the prestigious tournament.

As a team, the Blazers scored 27 points to finish 26th out of more than 40 teams who took part in the tournament.

In the junior varsity portion of the tournament, Torrington had a trio wrestlers place.

Ty Albaugh led the Blazers by winning the 113-pound bracket. He went 4-0 on the weekend after an opening round bye. Albaugh scored three pins and a 16-1 technical fall over Wheatland’s Kael Gudahl in the championship match.

Colby Sandusky ended the weekend third at 132 pounds. He rolled to the semifinal round with a trio of pins before losing 3-0 to Patrick Haney of Powell. Sandusky rebounded with two more wins by fall in the consolation semifinal and the third-place match to end the weekend with a 5-1 record.

In the 145-pound bracket, Brendan Woodard finished sixth. He reached the quarterfinal round before suffering his first loss of the weekend. Woodard battled back with two consecutive wins to reach the consolation semifinal, guaranteeing himself a medal. Woodard lost a 4-2 decision, dropping him to the fifth-place match where he was pinned in the second period to Bridger Anderson of Kemmerer.

Kaden Adam’s (132), Griffin Wolfe (138), Hunter Massie (145) and JR Ruiz (145) also picked up wins for the Blazers in the junior varsity brackets.

Torrington returns to the mats on Thursday, Feb. 2 with a dual at Alliance, Nebraska. Action begins at 6 p.m.