RIVERTON – Torrington High School senior wrestler Jacob Polkowske paced the Blazers at the annual Ron Thon Memorial Tournament with a third-place finish over the weekend.
Polkowske rattled off a pair of pins in the opening two rounds and a 9-3 decision in the quarterfinal round to reach the semifinal round.
In the semis, Polkowske fell by a 4-3 decision to Kevin Anderson of Kelly Walsh – the eventual winner of the 160-pound bracket.
Polkowske bounced back with a pin in the consolation semifinal over Christian Coffman of Douglas and a 7-2 decision over Seth Horton of Powell to claim third.
“Jacob placing third was a great accomplishment,” THS coach Doyle Meyer said.
Six other Blazers won at least one match at the Ron Thon.
“I’m really very happy with the performance that the team gave at this tournament. Everyone gave maximum effort,” Meyer said. “We had a strong showing from our seniors, each winning one or more matches.”
Quentin Meyer, Tristen Kingsley, Casey Britton, Josh Kingsley, Rhiley Grubbs and Brandon Bennick added wins for the Blazers despite not placing.
Meyer went 3-2, reaching the fourth round of the wrestle backs prior to being eliminated at 126 pounds.
In the 145-pound bracket, Tristen Kingsley went 3-2.
He reached the quarterfinal round before losing and added another win in the consolation side of the bracket before falling a second time to Tryston Truempler of Shoshoni in a 9-6 decision.
“I also thought Tristen wrestled tough at his weight,” Meyer said. “Tristen keeps on getting better and better every week.”
Casey Britton went 3-2 at 152 pounds, while Josh Kingsley went 2-2 at 170 pounds.
In the 195-pound bracket, Grubbs went 3-2, while Bennick went 3-2 in the heavyweight bracket. Both saw their medal bids end in the fourth round of the consolation bracket.
Torrington finished tied for 16th with Wheatland with 58.6 points. Kelly Walsh won the tournament with 217.5 points. Green River was second with 181 points, while Thunder Basin was third with 152.
“The great thing about Ron Thon is that is shows you what we need to improve on, to put us over the edge heading into regionals and state,” Meyer said.