THS wins Blazers Duals

Blazer wrestling team heads to Lander this weekend

TORRINGTON – The Torrington High School wrestling team picked up four dual wins to win the 2023 edition of the Blazer Duals on Saturday.

Torrington was joined by Glenrock, Burns/Pine Bluffs, Kelly Walsh JV and Niobrara County in a five-team round robin format event.

After a first-round bye, the Blazers rattled off four straight wins to win their home tournament.

Torrington defeated Kelly Walsh JV in its first match of the day, 46-18.

Reece Grubbs (126 pounds) and Colby Sandusky (132) got the ball rolling for the Blazers with first-period wins. Brendan Woodard (145) picked up a 14-5 major decision win, while Bryce Hager (160) and Matthew Hellus (182) scored pins.

The Blazers capped off the team victory with wins at 106, 113 and 120 courtesy of Tyler Nicolay, Ty Albaugh and Barrett Eichenberger, respectively.

In the third round, Torrington defeated Burns/Pine Bluffs 54-29.

Sandusky, Woodard, Bryan Garcia (160), Hager, Hellus, Nicolay, Albaugh, Eichenberger and Grubbs picked up wins.

In the fourth round, the Blazers edged Niobrara County, 48-36.

The teams swapped wins to open the dual with the Tigers picking up the opening match win, but Woodard tied the match at six apiece with a fall at 145 pounds.

Woodards win was the first of four in a row for Torrington as JR Ruiz (152), Hager and Garcia also picked up fall wins.

NCHS won the next three before Chase Graves (285) picked up a win by forfeit. Nicolay and Albaugh also picked up forfeit wins. Grubbs picked up a 37 second pin at 126 pounds to cap off the dual win.

In the final round, Torrington capped off the day with a 51-30 win over the Glenrock Herders.

The Blazers opened the day with a trio of wins courtesy of Woodard, Ruiz and Hager. Glenrock countered with five straight wins before Nicolay ended the win streak with a 36 second pin at 106 pounds. Albaugh, Eichenberger, Grubbs, Sandusky and Romig added four more pins to wrap up the day and the 21-point victory.

Torrington is back in action Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20-21 in Lander.