TORRINGTON — The wrestling season officially kicked off for four local teams on Saturday as Scottsbluff, Gering, Torrington and Morrill competed in the Blazer Duals Tournament in Torrington.
The Trailblazers finished second in the Gold Bracket with a record of 4-1, while Scottsbluff defeated Glenrock, Wyo., 49-24 to win the consolation bracket with a dual record of 3-2.
Gering finished with an 0-5 record, while Morrill defeated the Bulldogs 42-36 in its last match to finish 1-4.
Scottsbluff coach James Miller was pleased with the Bearcats’ overall performance in the tournament and said that it was good to finally get into some competition to start the season.
“We wrestled fairly well,” Miller said. “There were some things that things that we noticed and we’re going to work on this week, but I think it was good for us to get out and wrestle somebody else other than what we see every day.”
Colton Adams, who went 5-0 in the duals with five pins and earned Outstanding Wrestler honors at 126 pounds, was one of four Scottsbluff wrestlers to finish the day with an undefeated record.
Sophomores Cruz Delacruz (106) and Keegan Hessler also rolled through the day with pins in all five of their matches. Sabian Harsh joined his teammates on a stellar performance, but it wasn’t easy for the Bearcat 145-pounder who outlasted a pair of Wyoming’s best to finish the day unbeaten.
“Sabian beat the kid that was ranked No. 1 in Wyoming at 138, and he also beat the kid that’s ranked No. 1 in Wyoming at 145,” Miller said of the sophomore’s effort. “One of them was from Wheatland and the other was from Douglas, so he had a great day and wrestled really well. It was good to see some of those guys put some things together.”
Andrew Aratani, a junior heavyweight who placed sixth in last year’s state tournament, was one win away from finishing the day unbeaten, but fell to a Douglas wrestler in overtime.
Miller said that he knew facing off with Douglas, a top Wyoming 3-A program, would be tough; but noted that he would have like to have won the match against Wheatland.
“We knew Douglas was going to be tough,” he said. “Wheatland was a pretty close match and it would have been nice for us to show up with a full lineup to give them a little more run for their money, but it is what it is. They did a great job. They put together some great matches.”
The Bearcats will next be in action on Thursday when they travel to Alliance for a dual before heading to Cheyenne for the Cheyenne East Invitational on Saturday.
Torrington Duals Tournament
Torrington def. Cheyenne South, 51-24.
Douglas def. Morrill, 75-3.
Glenrock def. Gering, 51-27.
Wheatland def. Scottsbluff, 40-36.
Torrington def. Glenrock, 60-24.
Douglas def. Scottsbluff, 48-27.
Cheyenne South def. Gering, 57-9.
Wheatland def. Morrill, 72-12.
Torrington def. Gering, 72-6.
Douglas def. Wheatland, 62-9.
Cheyenne South def. Glenrock, 57-24
Scottsbluff def. Morrill, 66-6.
Glenrock def. Morrill, 58-12.
Scottsbluff def. Gering, 48-33.
Morrill def. Gering, 42-36.
Scottsbluff def. Glenrock, 49-24.
Torrington def. Wheatland, 54-21.
Douglas def. Cheyenne South, 63-9.
Cheyenne South def. Wheatland, 43-33.
Douglas def. Torrington, 50-21.
Outstanding Wrestler Awards
Daniel Hammond — Cheyenne South.
Dalton Burgener — Douglas.
Joseph Ybarra — Gering.
Jackson Taylor — Glenrock.
Matthew Unrein — Morrill.
Colton Adams — Scottsbluff.
Jordan Britton — Torrington.
Taylor Bush — Wheatland.