LUSK – A late schedule change found the Niobrara County High School wrestlers with a home triangular on Friday afternoon with the Cheyenne East and Cheyenne Central junior varsity teams.
On Saturday, the Tigers went to Newcastle for duals with the host team, Class 3A Buffalo and the Thunder Basin JV.
The duals with the Cheyenne teams at LEMS were a split for the Tigers.
NCHS defeated Central 30-21. Several weights were open for both squads, but the Tigers got pins from Jasper Caldera (220 pounds), David West (120), Colton Coffman (126) and Sean Johnson (138). Donovan Kruse (152), Miles Ashurst (182), Stanton Ricketts (132) were defeated and the Indians took a forfeit at 145 pounds.
Caldera, Gabe Matthews (106), West and Coffman all won by pin fall over their Cheyenne East T-Bird opponents, but Kruse, Ashurst, Ricketts and Johnson were all defeated. Kruse and Johnson lost by decision while Ashurst and Ricketts were pinned. East won the dual 26-24 with a forfeit by NCHS in the 145-pound class.
In a handful of unscored matches Kruse, West and Coffman won, but Ricketts and Johnson lost by narrow margins.
On Saturday, the Tigers opened with the home squad of Newcastle/Upton and struggled as Coffman won a 5-2 decision and Caldera pinned his opponent. The rest of the Tigers were defeated as the Dogies/Bobcats won 52-9.
After a short break, NCHS defeated the Thunder Basin JV 33-24. Coffman, Johnson and Ashurst got Lusk started with pins and Caldera received a forfeit win. Matthews and West also pinned their opponents to secure the victory for the Tigers.
The Bison took wins over Johnson, Ashurst and Coffman and forfeits in four other weights in the 48-24 final score. Kruse, Caldera, West and Ricketts earned wins for NCHS.
On Friday, the 7-4 Tigers visit Moorcroft for the Dylan Humes Memorial Mixer.