Torrington grapplers win Rumble in Rawlins

RAWLINS – The Torrington High School wrestlers finished the Rumble in Rawlins with a 5-0 record and a first-place finish in the dual format tournament on Saturday.

“It was great to come into this tournament and win it,” THS coach Doyle Meyer said. “It was a little bit of validation that this team is solid and that we can compete with any team in the state.”

Quentin Meyer, Jacob Polkowske and Brandon Bennick finished the day 5-0.

“I was very proud of Quentin, Jacob and Brandon,” Meyer said. “All three were undefeated and pinned their way through the tournament.  Any time you can go into a dual and know that three of your wrestlers are going to come away with a pin you’re in the hunt to win the dual.”

In pool action, Torrington opened the day with a 63-11 win over West Grand, Colo.

The Blazers won the final nine matches of the dual.

Torrington concluded pool matches, defeating Class 3A East Conference foe Rawlins, 47-24, and 3A West opponent Riverton, 38-36.

Against Riverton, the Blazers’ Brandon Bennick secured the victory for Torrington with a pin in the next-to-last bout of the dual.

The 3-0 record advanced the Torrington to the Gold bracket, where they faced Moffat County, Colo., in the semifinal round.

The Blazers knocked off the Colorado high school by a finale of 54-30.

The teams traded wins early in the dual, but at 145 pounds, Tristen Kingsley was the first of eight consecutive wins to push Torrington to the victory.

In the championship dual, the Blazers knocked off Douglas for the second time this season with a 42-39 win.

Despite Torrington dropping the final two matches of the round, the Blazers secured the victory with wins by Bennick and Josh Stitt to lock up the tournament championship.

In the JV portion of the tournament, Cody Pierce and Tyler Juma were undefeated.

“Both of these wrestlers are going to contribute at regionals and state,” Meyer said.

The Blazers will wrap up the regular season Friday with the JV matches starting at 5 p.m. against Cheyenne Central at Willi Gym.


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