Torrington winless at Blazer Duals


TORRINGTON – The Torrington High School wrestling team went winless Saturday at the annual home Blazer Duals at Willi Gym.

The Blazers were paired with Glenrock, Niobrara County and Lingle-Fort Laramie in their respective pool.

Torrington opened the day with a 47-27 loss to the Glenrock Herders.

The Herders opened the match with five straight victories before Bryan Garcia-Hernandez put the Blazers on the scoreboard with a forfeit victory at 152 pounds.

Glenrock won matches at 160 and 170 pounds before Tyler Juma at 182 pounds started a string of Torrington winning four of the final five matches. Rhiley Grubbs (195), Gabe Mitchell (220) and Nolan Long (106) capped off the bout with wins.

In the second round, The Blazers and the Niobrara County Tigers battled to a 36-36 tie, but the visiting Tigers were credited with the win with the tiebreaker.

Riley Duffield (120), Michael Sandusky (132), Kyler Shields (138), Kevin Ferguson (145), Juma and Grubbs picked up wins for the Blazers.

In the third and final round of pool matches, Torrington came up short 35-33 to the Laramie Plainsmen.

Sandusky and Shields gave the Blazers an early lead before the Plainsmen rattled off three straight wins.

Juma, once again, jumpstarted Torrington with a fall victory, while Mitchell and Grubbs followed it up with additional pins.

At 106, Long earned an 8-7 tie-breaker win, giving Torrington a 33-30 lead going into the final bout of the match.

Laramie picked up a 17-0 technical fall, sealing the victory for the Plainsmen.

With the three losses, the Blazers opened the consolation bracket against the Wheatland Bulldogs, falling 48-24.

Sandusky gave Torrington an early 6-0 lead, but Wheatland won five straight before the trio of Juma, Mitchell and Grubbs scored the final three wins of the match for Torrington.

The loss dropped the Blazers to the seventh-place match against cross-county foe Lingle-Fort Laramie.

The Doggers handed Torrington a 42-36 loss to end the day.

L-FL won five of the six final matches to score the come-from-behind win.

The teams traded wins to open the match at 138 and 145. Blazer Kevin Ferguson scored a pin at 145 to tie the match at six.

THS’s Garcia-Hernandez, Juma, Mitchell and Grubbs got wins before the Doggers began their comeback.

Sandusky ended the day with a win for Torrington at 132 pounds.

Burns-Pine Bluffs won the tournament, while Laramie was second. Buffalo came home third.

The Blazers head to Lander for a two-day tournament, Jan. 24-25.

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