CHEYENNE – The Torrington High School wrestling team had a busy opening weekend with a home dual with Cheyenne South and two days of action at the Charlie Lake Invitational hosted by Cheyenne East High School.
On Thursday, the Blazers fell to the Cheyenne South Bison, 60-16.
“We only had half our team wrestling today,” first year THS coach Jared Hatley said. “The guys that were here I thought did a nice job. We performed, at least, to my expectations. We are in better shape than I thought we would be, and that’s a battle I think we can always win.”
After losing the two opening matches, Michael Sandusky gave Torrington its first win of the season with a fall in the second period.
It was the start of four straight wins for Torrington.
Cody Pierce tallied an 8-0 major decision, while Rhiley Grubbs and Gabe Mitchell recorded first period falls.
Gabe Priest picked up the final victory of the evening for Torrington with a first-period fall.
“We had a couple freshman who really put out a good effort,” Hatley said. “We took a couple lumps early, but they stayed in the fight the entire time.”
The next day, the Blazers traveled to Cheyenne for the dual portion of the Charlie Lake Invite.
“They’ll get a lot of mat time and should learn a lot of things in a short amount of time,” Hatley said. “The mat time is some of the most valuable thing you can get.”
Torrington went 0-5 on the day with a 71-12 loss to Mead, Colo., 57-24 loss to the Renegade Black, 52-24 loss to Rawlins, 48-27 loss to Scottsbluff, Neb., and a 59-18 loss to Wheatland.
On Saturday, in the individual portion of the Invite, Rhiley Grubbs rattled off three straight falls to reach the championship bout of the 220-pound bracket before losing by pin to Cody Pinkerton of Douglas.
At 195 pounds, Gabe Mitchell went 2-2, finishing sixth.
He defeated Dominic Gray of Kelly Walsch and Kyle Logar of Douglas to reach the fifth-place match, where he dropped a 4-3 decision to Logan Bean of Eaton, Colo.
Pierce, Sandusky and DJ Mackey went 0-2 for the day.
As a team, the Blazers finished tied 17th with 35 points. Cheyenne Easton won the tournament with 188 points, while Thompson Valley, Colo., finished second with 165. Douglas was third with 143.