LUSK – The first weekend of wrestling is usually reserved for the Tiger Invitational, but with the schedule changes, a season of dual matches in a quad format is the new normal. Niobrara County High School opened their season last Saturday with the first of two quads at Tiger Gym.
First up was Wright. Blake Miller and Miles Ashurst were uncontested before Jasper Caldera earned a pin for an 18-0 lead. Gabe Matthews was uncontested, and the 113-pound weight was empty before David West was pinned.
Colton Coffman pushed the lead to 30-6 with a pin 38 seconds into the match before Stanton Ricketts and Sean Johnson were defeated. The Panthers were uncontested at 152 pounds and closed within 30-24 before James Cushman sealed the win by pin at 170 pounds in the 36-24 victory.
Glenrock came up next and took a 6-0 lead as Miller was pinned in the second period. Caldera evened the score with a quick pin, but the visitors were uncontested at 285 pounds. Matthews was uncontested again, while West and Coffman pinned their opponent for a 24-12 lead. Ricketts was pinned, but Johnson didn’t have an opponent for the 30-18 Lusk lead.
Glenrock had the advantage at 152 and 160 pounds to tie the match at 30. Cushman won, and Ashurst lost to split the final two weights and tie the dual at 36. The Tigers won 37-36 on an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against the Herders.
Newcastle/Upton was a bit deeper across the board, yet Caldera was uncontested at 220 pounds and the heavyweight was empty. Matthews again had no one to wrestle and 113 sat empty for a 12-0 Tiger lead. The young Lusk boys struggled from there as West, Ricketts, Johnson, Ashurst and Miller were pinned, and Coffman earned a hard three period 8-1 decision. The visitors were uncontested in the 138, 152- and 160-pound classes, yet Cushman’s second period pin wasn’t enough as Newcastle/Upton won 48-21.
Senior Day will honor Cushman, Caldera and manager Camdon Fitzwater this Saturday as Burns/Pine Bluffs, Glenrock and Southeast/Lingle-Fort Laramie visit Tiger Gym Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.