TORRINGTON – The Lingle-Fort Laramie High School wrestling team had a busy weekend with trips to Newcastle and Torrington for a pair of tournaments.
On Friday, the Doggers made their way north for the 11th annual Newcastle Dogie Invite.
As a team, L-FL finished 11th with 71.5 points. Class 4A Sheridan won the team title with 193 points, while 4A Campbell County was second with 191.
Four Doggers placed, with Jessy Valentine leading the way with a second-place finish at 220 pounds.
Valentine scored pins in the first two rounds and a 6-2 decision in the semifinal before falling to Dylan Skillings of Thunder Basin 5-2 in the championship bout.
At 160 pounds, Zane Rising finished third with a 5-1 record.
Rising battled back from a quarterfinal round loss to Brock Steel of Sheridan. Rising rebounded with a pair of falls to advance to the consolation semifinal where he defeated Taylor Dykes of Hulett by a 13-5 major decision. In his final match of the day, Rising won by no contest to claim third.
At 120 pounds, Jaden Houk finished fourth.
Houk was pinned in his opening round match, but rattled off four straight wins to advance to the third-place match. (Houk suffered a no contest loss.)
Joel Costello (106 pounds) and Landon Norris (195) also picked up wins for the Doggers, but did not place.
In the junior varsity ranks, Ty Prall won the 126-pound bracket, while Remington Bremer came up short in the championship match. Hadley Fleming was fourth in the 132-pound bracket.
The next day, the Doggers returned to the mat with a seventh-place finish at the Torrington’s Blazer Duals.
The Doggers picked up two dual wins on the day.
L-FL opened the day with a 42-36 loss to the Wheatland Bulldogs.
Houk, Fleming, Norris, Valentine, Kayden Sims (285) and Costello scored wins in the loss.
In the second round, Lingle came up short again, this time against Burns-Pine Bluffs, 45-37.
Houk, Prall, Fleming began the match with a trio of wins, but Burns-Pine Bluffs won eight of the next 11 matches to score the win.
Rising, Valentine and Costello also picked up victories for the Doggers.
In the final pool dual, Lingle feel to Buffalo, 54-18.
Gage Gibson (138), Rising and Valentine scored the lone wins for the Doggers.
With an 0-3 record in pool action, the Doggers opened the consolation bracket against the Niobrara County Tigers.
L-FL collected its first team win of the day, 48-36.
Fleming and Gibson gave the Doggers an early lead, but the Tigers responded with a pair of wins at 145 and 152 to even the score.
Over the next seven matches, the teams traded wins with Rising, Norris and Sims collecting six points each for the Doggers.
The Tigers final win came at 106 before Bremer, Houk and Prall scored the final 18 points for the Doggers.
In the final dual of the day, Lingle topped Torrington, 42-36.
Gibson, Rising, Sims, Costello, Bremer, Houk and Prall got wins over the Blazers.
Lingle will host the Dogger Invite on Saturday, Jan. 25. Action gets underway at 9 a.m.