Tigers compete in Newcastle, Torrington

Barb rapp/Lusk Herald Niobrara County’s James Cushman goes in for a pin against his Laramie High School opponent at the Blazer Duals on Saturday morning in Torrington.

TORRINGTON – The Niobrara County High School wrestling team traveled to Newcastle and to Torrington over the weekend to compete in a pair of tournaments.

On Friday, the Tigers placed six wrestlers at the 11th annual Newcastle Dogie Invite.

At the varsity level, Colton Coffman (113 pounds) and Emery Bemis (182) both reached the championship matches of their respective weight classes but came up short to place second.

At 152 pounds, James Cushman, and at 220 pounds, Dmitri Richards ended their day with a victory in the third-place bouts.

In the junior varsity brackets, Justin Burkeland finished second at 120 pounds and Donovan Kruse ended up fifth at 126 pounds.

The Tigers finished ninth in Newcastle with 90 points. Sheridan won the team title with 193, while Campbell County was second with 191.

The next day, NCHS traveled south to Torrington for the Blazer Dual tournament.

The Tigers finished sixth out of eight teams participating in the day-long event.

NCHS opened the day with a 46-30 loss to Class 4A Laramie before ending in a 36-36 tie with the Torrington Blazers. The tiebreaker went the Tigers direction, giving NCHS credit for the victory.

In the final round of pool matches, the Tigers fell to Glenrock 42-30.

With a 1-2 record in pool action, NCHS ended up in the consolation bracket, facing Lingle-Fort Laramie.

The Tigers survived a late comeback attempt when the Doggers won four the final five matches, but NCHS held on for a 48-36 victory.

The win advanced the Tigers to the fifth-place match, where the Wheatland Bulldogs topped NCHS, 54-18.

The Tiger grapplers travel to the Moorcroft Mixer on Friday and Saturday. Action is scheduled to get underway at 8 a.m. both days.

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