CHEYENNE – The Torrington High School wrestling team opened its season with three straight days on the mats in Cheyenne.
It started with a 48-36 dual win over the Cheyenne South Bison.
“We started out slow in the dual, we gave up some weight classes and got down early,” THS head coach Doyle Meyer said.
However, the Blazers rallied, scoring 48 unanswered points to win the dual.
“The strength of our team is definitely in the middle and upper weights,” Meyer said.
Friday began the two-day Charlie Lake Invitational Meet with the dual format event on day one.
The Blazers went 2-3 on the day, defeating Fossil Ridge 40-35 and Renegade Blue 54-30. The Blazers then lost three straight duals to Cheyenne East, 57-24, Cheyenne Central 48-23 and Douglas 48-33.
“We wrestled well (Friday),” Meyer said. “We were missing a few wrestlers from the lineup and spotted most teams 12 points.
Jacob Polkowske and Brandon Bennick finished the day undefeated, winning all five matches.
“It’s great to know that when these two individuals step on to the mat they are going to leave it all on the mat and give the Trialblazers a ‘W’,” Meyer said.
On Saturday, Polkowske continued his roll, winning all four matches to win the 160-pound bracket.
“Jacob has had an excellent start to the season,” Meyer said.
Binneck finished second at the heaveyweight with a 2-1 day, falling in the championship match to Jeremy Murano of Eaton, Colo. by a 6-2 decision.
“I think Brandon is going to surprise lots of individuals this year in how well he is wrestling, and what he’s going to accomplish on his way to a state title,” Meyer said.
Josh Kingslsey (182 pounds) and Gabe Mitchell (195) also placed for Torrington, finishing sixth.
Quentin Meyer (132), Austin Fox (145) and Rhiley Grubbs (220) also picked up wins on Saturday.
As a team, the Blazers finished eighth out of 24 teams.
In the JV ranks, Cody Pierce went 4-0 to win the 145-pound bracket on Saturday.
The Blazers return to action Friday and Saturday at the Northern Colorado Tournament in Loveland, Colo.