TORRINGTON, Wyo. — Torrington’s Isidro Cortez and Andrew Jarvis recorded pivotal wins to lift the Trailblazers to a 43-29 dual win over Gering on Thursday night at Torrington.
The win was even more memorable for seven Torrington seniors who were honored in a ceremony before the varsity matches got underway.
“I could not be more proud of the seniors who wrestled tonight,” Torrington coach Doyle Meyer said. “You will always have a solid team when you have seven seniors in the lineup.”
Baily Hort got the ball rolling for the Bulldogs in the first match of the night, picking up a second-period pin over Torrington’s Hunter Ostler at 113 pounds to put Gering on the board first.
Gering’s lead extended to 18-0 after picking up forfeit wins at 120 and 126.
However, Torrington’s Justin Polkowske recorded a 14-2 major decision over Gering’s Damian Hort at 132 to put the Trailblazers on the board.
Torrington’s Jordan Britton followed suit at 138 by pinning Gering’s Devin De Los Santos in the first period to cut the deficit to 18-10 in favor of the Bulldogs.
Gering sophomore Quentin Timblin tallied his second win this week at 145 after pinning Torrington’s Daniel Sarabia midway through the second period to extend Gering’s lead to 24-10.
The 14-point lead was looking good for the Bulldogs with just six matches to go.
Torrington’s Jacob Hatley, though, sparked the Trailblazers and brought them back to within eight points after recording a first-period pin over Gering’s Jonathan Sayaloune at 152.
However, the next two matches at 160 and 170 were bound to make or break either team. Equally matched at both weight classes, the outcome of the dual relied heavily on their shoulders.
Gering’s Jake Rexus jumped out to a 4-1 lead on Torrington’s Cortez at 160, but Cortez threw a headlock late in the first period and scored nearfall points to take a 6-4 lead into the second. The match remained even going into the third period until Cortez managed to lock up the Gering senior and record the pin with just 34.2 seconds left in the match to earn the Trailblazers six points and cut the lead to two, 24-22.
Feeding off the emotional win at 160, Torrington’s Jarvis kept the momentum going in dramatic fashion at 170.
Facing Gering’s Elijah Timblin, Jarvis found himself down 7-6 after a back-and-forth first period that set the tempo for the rest of the match. Timblin maintained the edge after the second after collecting a reversal and nearfall points on Jarvis to cling to an 11-9 lead. However, the match was far from over. Both wrestlers worked for control throughout the third with neither finding a way to finish it out. But with seconds ticking away, Jarvis managed to turn Timblin and get the fall with just two seconds left in the match to earn the victory and six more points for his team. The win put Torrington in the lead for the first time of the night, putting the Trailblazers up 28-24.
Meyer said that the wins by Cortez and Jarvis were huge for the team and added that the team’s motto is ‘Wrestle to Win, do not Wrestle to Lose.’
“Isidro Cortez and Andrew Jarvis both had hug wins in wrestling weight classes above what they normally wrestle…their performances are what a coach expects from seniors,” Meyer said. “Those two matches were the turning point of the dual. They truly ‘Wrestled to Win.’”
The Trailblazers extended their lead to 37-24 after Evan Ponce defeated Gering’s Blake Rains, 11-4, at 182; and Wyatt Bergeson picked up a forfeit at 195.
Gering’s Christian Pester give the Bulldogs their final win of the night, winning by technical fall over Torrington’s Michael Newman, 23-8. In the final match, Torrington’s Jose Martinez pinned Gering’s Garret Rahmig in :58 to preserve the win
Gering coach Randy Hughes attributed the loss to a couple of matches that didn’t go Gering’s way, but was pleased with his team’s overall performance against a good Torrington squad.
“Tonight was kind of bitter sweet,” Hughes said. “I thought we had a chance to win this dual and pull some things out. There was a couple matches I thought we could have won but we lost. That was kind of hard to swallow, but we’ll bounce back.”
TORRINGTON 43, GERING 29
113 — Baily Hort, Gering, pinned Hunter Ostler, Torrington, 3:08.
120 — Marcelino Ramos, Gering, won by forfeit.
126 — Kelsey Hutson, Gering, won by forfeit.
132 — Justin Polkowske, Torrington, major dec. Damian Hort, Gering, 14-2.
138 — Jordan Britton, Torrington, pinned Devin De Los Santos, Gering, 1:16.
145 — Quentin Timblin, Gering, pinned Daniel Sarabia, Torrington, 3:09.
152 — Jacob Hatley, Torrington, pinned Jonathan Sayaloune, Gering, 1:28.
160 — Isidro Cortez, Torrington, pinned Jake Rexus, Gering, 5:26.
170 — Andrew Jarvis, Torrington, pinned Elijah Timblin, Gering, 5:58.
182 — Evan Ponce, Torrington, dec. Blake Rains, Gering, 11-4.
195 — Wyatt Bergeson, Torrington, won by forfeit.
220 — Christian Pester, Gering, won by tech fall over Michael Newman, Torrington, 23-8.
285 — Jose Martinez, Torrington, pinned Garret Rahmig, Gering, :58.
106 — Open.