Wrestlers close in on regionals

Barb Rapp/for the lusk herald Niobrara County Tiger Gabe Matthews grapples with Cheyenne Central wrestler at 106 pounds on Saturday at the Southeast Duals in Yoder.

HULETT – The Tiger wrestlers continued their march towards the 2A State Tournament, now a mere two weeks away, with duals at Hulett and Southeast over the weekend.

On Friday, the Tigers faced the home team first as David West and Jasper Caldera won by pin fall and Gabe Matthews and Christopher Hicks earned forfeits. It wasn’t enough though as Colton Coffman and Miles Ashurst were pinned as the Red Devils won the dual 30-24.

With little time to rest, the Tigers faced off against Sundance. Matthews and West won by pin and Caldera took a 17-1 decision, as Coffman, Hicks and Ashurst were uncontested. Niobrara County High School finished the day 1-1 with the 35-6 dual win.

The following day in Yoder NCHS faced the Lingle-Fort Laramie/Southeast squad and fell 54-18. Coffman, Ashurst and Caldera were winners, yet Matthews, West and Hicks were defeated. Five empty weights were the difference for the SEWAC opponents.

Lusk took on Cheyenne Central’s JV next and came out on top 33-24 behind wins by Matthews, West, Coffman, Hicks, Ashurst and Caldera. The Indians four wins all came by forfeit.

Torrington was next for the Tigers and the Blazers took forfeit wins in five weight classes. Ashurst had a quick pin while Matthews, West and Coffman were uncontested. Hicks won by pin fall, yet Caldera’s loss was the difference in the 36-30 final score.

Lusk was originally supposed to be traveling to the Carbon County Duals this weekend, but COVID-19 concerns have cancelled that event. Instead NCHS will be making the trip to Shoshoni on Saturday.

Next week is the 2A East Regionals at Glenrock on Feb. 20, to be followed by the one-day state tournament in Casper on Thursday, Feb. 25.

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