TORRINGTON – The Torrington High School wrestling team opened the 2022 portion of the schedule with a 72-12 loss to the Scottsbluff (Nebraska) Bearcats on Tuesday evening.
The lone two wins for the Blazers were the result of Scottsbluff having open weights.
The Bearcats were open at 106 pounds and 138 pounds, handing freshman Ty Nicolay and senior Michael Sandusky wins.
Meanwhile, Torrington was open at 113, 160, 195 and 285 weights, and the remainder of the matches ended in pins for Scottsbluff.
Only one of those matches even made it to the second period.
At 120 pounds, freshman Barrett Eichenberger wrestled into the second period before being pinned.
“This is one of the better teams in the region. They are tough,” THS coach Cody Grant said. “We wrestled alright on our feet, but when we got down below them, they started running stuff. We have a young team, and this is what those younger guys want to become.”
The Blazers now turn their attention to the annual Shane Shatto Memorial Invite on Friday and Saturday in Douglas. Action gets underway at noon on Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday.
“The Shane Shatto tournament is really tough. It’s one of the tougher tournaments on our schedule,” Grant said. “We have to find those individual successes to build on. It’s better for us as a team right now compared to the dual format because we do have open weights. I look forward to those tournaments to find those successes and build off them.”