TORRINGTON – The Torrington High School wrestling team honored their seniors Thursday evening prior to dismantling the Gering (Neb.) Bulldogs, 63-16.
“It’s been a special group of seniors to come through and to take them from sixth grade all the way to their senior years is pretty special for me,” THS coach Doyle Meyer said. “It’s always nice to have the numbers of seniors that we have and the quality of wrestlers that they are. It was pretty special to have a senior night like we had tonight against Gering.”
The senior class opened the evening with five straight pins to give the Blazers a sizeable lead right out of the gate.
Senior Pake Haun set the tone for the night with a first period fall to give Torrington a 6-0 lead.
“We’ve been talking about that in the room. We’ve improved on things to where if we get in a position to get a pin, we want to get the pin,” Meyer said. “We were fighting off our back really well and didn’t give up the pin. In a dual situation, that’s the difference between a win or a loss.”
Seniors Tristen Kingsley, Case Britton, Jacob Polkowske and Josh Kingsley pinned their opponents to the mat, giving the seniors a total of five match wins on the evening.
Gering had a series of open weights at 182, 195, 220 and 285, handing Torrington a 54-0 lead.
The visiting Bulldogs got on the scoreboard with a pair of falls at 106 and 120 pounds. Gering was open at 113, extending the score to 60-12.
Over the final two bouts, the teams swapped victories, going all six minutes.
At 126, Gering’s Nate Rocheleau defeated THS senior Quentin Meyer by a 13-3 major decision, while Michael Sandusky capped off the night, picking up a 12-5 victory.
“We are starting to peak at the right time,” Meyer said. “I know Jacob Polkowske just got off a win at Lander and is looking at doing some really good things there. Tristen Kingsley is finally in the lineup, wrestling and healthy. He’s going to do things well at 145 pounds.”
The Blazers head to Riverton for the annual Ron Thon Invite Friday and Saturday.
“The Ron Thon is a test of how good we are, and actually, where we need to improve before Regionals, which is just two weeks after that,” Meyer said.