SARATOGA – The Niobrara County High School wrestling team traveled to Saratoga over the weekend for the Carbon County Invitational.
This tournament gives the Lusk wrestlers a look at what the western side of the state has to offer.
The Tigers only took five wrestlers this week, due to injuries and attrition.
At 106 pounds, Donnovan Kruse would not get any wins this weekend, but the little freshman is improving every day and it’s not long before wins will start to come.
At 126 pounds, James Cushman would once again find himself just a match away from the podium. The long, lean, sophomore’s mat awareness gets better with every match, and with a 23-21 record, he has had a lot of opportunities for improvement.
NCHS would register two competitors at 182 pounds with Dylan Molzahn and Pacen Gifford.
Gifford would be testing the waters at 182 for the first time and would leave Saratoga with a sixth-place medal. Molzahn would lose his first bout to the No. 1 seed which would put him on the back side of the bracket. He ran into the state’s fourth ranked Jeydon Boyd of Kemmerer, and Dylan would be on the offensive in this bout. He had the Kemmerer wrestler down 6-3 before giving up the fall with only a few seconds left on the clock. Although the outcome wasn’t in the Tiger freshman favor, he certainly showed he can compete with the state’s best, and that’s good to know as we enter post season competition.
At 220 pounds, Jasper Caldera would make the finals with two pins over his opponents only to find himself on the other side of a pin in the finals. However, Jasper embraces a growth mindset and from every loss his experience grows, and the hard-working sophomore has solidified himself as one of the state’s top talents.
The high school wrestling season is coming to an end and over the course of the next two weekends all the hard work the NCHS Tigers have been putting in will come to fruition. Wright will host the East Regionals this year on Saturday, Feb. 16th. After that, those who qualify will head to Casper on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 22-23 for the WHSAA State Championships.